If you’re out of town for the holidays or on a vacation sometime with no gym available and no equipment available at the place you’re staying in, then you can always start your mornings with some yoga stretches and try the following workout. Make sure you recruit the most muscles with each exercise and keep your training at a high intensity so you can utilize all the extra fun eats you may experience while away from home.
The following exercises will build lean muscle, burn a lot of calories, and will raise your metabolism so you can eat your cake and keep your abs.
TRAIN ANYWHERE WORKOUT
Perform the following exercises back to back as a circuit. After completing once through, rest one minute, then repeat. Complete 3-4 rounds.
Start in a sumo squat position, feet wide, toes pointing out, thighs parallel with the floor. Make sure to keep your weight back in your heels and chest open. Place your hands on the floor between your feet and jump back into a plank position. Jump forward from the plank, so that your feet land outside your hands. Get back into sumo position with hands at your chest. This is one rep. Immediately repeat. Do 15 reps.
BOAT POSE, ALTERNATING KNEE TO CHEST VARIATION
From a seated position, bend the knees, bringing the feet flat to the floor with the legs together. Put your hands underneath your knees, lean back to lift the feet and bring your shins parallel to the floor. Draw your shoulder blades together to lift and open the chest.
Grab the right leg under your knee and slowly extend left leg. Hold for one second and switch the legs. Do 20 reps.
REVERSE LUNGE WITH STEP UP AND JUMP
Stand in the front of a step or a stool. With chest up and feet shoulder-width apart, step up with your right leg and bring your left knee to your chest and hop up with your standing foot. Lower your left leg to the floor and take a step back with your right leg, allowing your hips and knees to flex to lower your body. Contact the back leg through only the ball of the foot, and go down into a reverse lunge until your knee nearly touches the ground. Use a slow and controlled motion. The knee should stay in line with the foot. Perform all reps and repeat on the other side. Do 15 reps on each side.
TRICEP SIDE PUSH-UP
Lie down on one side stacking your shoulders, hips, and feet. Bring top hand to the mat directly in front of your chest. The bottom hand will be wrapped around your chest. The top arm does all the work as you press yourself up and lower yourself slowly with control to the mat to your starting position. Perform all reps and repeat on the other side. Do 15 reps on each side.
By Sasha Kuznetsova – Photos by Carly Milbrath