Workout Wednesday: Ode to the Olympics!
Hi! I subscribe to Fitness Magazine (to support my husband’s company who prints the magazine, of course!) and they had a great workout for experienced exercisers! It is in tribute to the Olympics 2012 and since Opening Ceremonies are this week, I thought it would be nice to share it!
I myself have been doing this workout for a couple of weeks now and WOW! Warning: your rear end will be feeling it the next day or two after the workout. Saying that, please make sure to warm up for a good 10 minutes and do a complete cool down for 10 minutes, followed by very thorough stretching!
If you are not used to this type of exercise, you can tone it down a few notchs by taking the plyometric (jumping) qualities out of it. For instance, for the first exercise you can simply squat and then do a front kick, alternating sides. For the skaters, you can simply step into the skater lunge versus jumping into it. For Liftoff, if your balance is not that great, just hold the yoga pose (try to make a T with your body, or if your legs are already tired and you need to maintain balance, let your fingertips touch the ground). If you need more modifications or have questions, please don’t hesitate to comment or message me.
Also, I did modify the workout timing for a method that I prefer. I set an interval timer and do 45 seconds of the exercise as quickly as I can, MAINTAINING PROPER FORM, and break for 15 seconds. I do this for each exercise, and then do two more rounds to make three rounds total. If by the third round you have to modify exercises from plyometric to low-impact, that is OKAY! It is better to have good form and lower impact than high impact and injuries. Work up to full plyometrics for all three rounds. Make it a goal!
You can do these exercises with or without weights also. If you don’t have a ball, you can also use a pillow in a pinch.
Now, get to hopping, Skippies!
Love to move it,