Now that holidays are near, there seem to be so many loose ends to tie! You may be feeling like you want to get in those highly effective, long workouts as your beach holiday approaches. There is no need to stress! Just fit in a short, effective workout that will leave you feeling tight and toned in no time!
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For this workout you need a barbell, a step and space to lunge and sprint.
Before we begin, I just want to mention that this workout includes overhead movements so be sure to have great shoulder mobility. If you don’t, you need to start working on that as it is a sign of risk of future injuries.
Overhead walking lunges
While holding the barbell overhead, lunge as you normally would. This is a great move as it targets and strengthens both your legs and shoulders.
While holding the barbell overhead as with the lunges, perform your squats. You may find that your arms move behind your shoulders slightly – that is nothing to worry about – it is why you need mobile shoulders.
Side step ups
With the barbell on your back, step up onto the step and kick back once you are up.
Repeat the above sequence 4 times and finish the workout with some hill sprints:
Perform a sprint for 30 seconds at an incline of 8 on a treadmill. Jump off and perform 10 squats – repeat this 5 times.
Workout by Isilda da Costa. Isilda is a personal trainer, health coach, certified nutritionist and women’s fitness specialist.
Author: Mariska du Plessis
Mariska is the editor of Fitness Magazine, Bootcamp Instructor, Writer, Photographer and Wellness Blogger.
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