This intense morning full body circuit will get you ready for the day, working your whole body and getting you in shape.
Simple cardio exercise great for getting your heart rate up. Sometimes known as star jumps!
1. Start standing up straight, with your hands and feet by your sides.
2. Jump into the air, moving your hands out straight to your sides and separating your feet putting you into a star position in the air. Land with your feet apart and your arms straight out to your sides.
3. Jump again, reversing the motion, moving your arms back in to your sides and your feet together. This is one rep.
Squats are a key exercise for working your whole body, so getting the basics right is important for developing those curves in this full body circuit!
1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, or slightly wider, with your toes slightly pointing outwards. Make sure your spine is in a straight, neutral position. Make sure your weight is through your heels.
2. Squeeze your leg and core muscles as you lower your body downwards, putting your hands out infront of you for balance if needed. Lower yourself until your butt is an inch or two off the ground. Hold for 1-2 seconds.
3. Continue to squeeze your leg and core muscles as you raise yourself up again. This is one rep.
Standing Calf Raises
Calves are worked out in many leg exercises, but here is something just for them!
1. Stand with your feet hip width apart and your feet flat on the ground, or with the ball of your feet slightly elevated on a platform.
2. Tense your calves, slowly raising up to the balls of your feet. Hold for 2-3 seconds.
3. Slowly lower back down until your heels touch the floor. This is one rep.
You can spread the work across more of your ab muscles by adding a crunch to your side plank to create a side reach.
1. Lie on your side and place your lower forearm on the ground. Make sure your elbow is below your shoulder.
2. Either; stack your feet on top of each other, scissor them so both feet are on the ground, or place your lower knee on the ground (to make it easier).
3. Lift your hips up to get into the side plank position and brace your core muscles. Keep your spine and neck in a neutral position.
4. From the side plank position, tighten your abs, circling your raised elbow towards the forearm you’re supporting yourself with.
5. Return your arm to its initial position. This is one rep.
6. Repeat on the other side.
Lunges are an excellent lower body move and will give you rapid results in this full body circuit.
1. Stand with your feet hip width apart. Place your hands on your hips.
2. Step forward with one leg, lowering down on the other until your knee touches (or almost touches) the floor. Your front foot should be directly below your knee.
3. Push back off of your front foot and raise up to your initial position. This is one rep.
4. Repeat with the other leg.