My top 5 exercises of the moment
My first blog post was all about doing what makes you happy, and how the secret to sticking with an exercise regimen is to truly enjoy it. When I first started really working out at the boxing club in Boston the monthly membership was frighteningly expensive, but we stuck with it because we were having a blast and felt great. Chances are, if you hate a particular exercise, you probably are not going to do it for very long. Take me and running for example. I absolutely hate running, and thus I almost never do it. With the exception of sprinting, I haven't used running for my cardio workout in about a year or more. My advice to friends, family, clients, anyone really, is to find a variety of types of workouts that you can truly enjoy and focus on that, rather than pushing yourself into a routine that you know you will hate because you will likely drop it before you see any results.
For this weeks post I am going to outline some of my current favorite exercises that I love incorporating both into my own workouts and into workouts that I plan for clients.
My top five exercises, for the moment, are:
Deadlift: The full body exercise. Hit all the major muscle groups in one awesome lift. I had to take a break from the heavy lifting while hugely pregnant but am looking forward to getting back into it asap, and have set a goal of 200 lb by summers end. Stay tuned to see if I get there... Check out this article on why the deadlift is the best exercise of all time.
Battle Rope: The idea of shaking or waving a rope around seems so simple, but man it is hard on your arms! In just 20-30 seconds you will be breathing heavy, and your arms will be on fire. An incredibly satisfying and quick exercise, no doubt.
Squats: How low can you go? It never ceases to amaze me that my kids can hold a perfect squat for what seems like hours, while I struggle to get a 90 degree angle and hold it for more than a few seconds before it starts to burn.
Planks: Forget crunches and sit-ups. The plank is one of the best exercises to get the flat, toned tummy everyone so covets because it works all the muscles in your core. Plus, you get the bonus of working your arms, legs, back and butt at the same time. Front, side, elevated--there are a wide variety of planks that you can incorporate into your workout to really strengthen your core.
Prowler/Sled: One of my favorite workout stories ever is when I had my son at the gym with me and he sat on the sled and yelled "mush" while I pulled it. It is entirely satisfying to know that I am capable of pulling a full grown man out of a burning building, should that need ever arise.