Could your workout routine use some revamping? When it comes to designing a fitness program, we’re all a little guilty of sticking with what feels safe, and even a little easy. After all, when you’re well-versed in your workout it helps speed up your session. And although this is a comfortable fitness format to follow, ultimately it will rob you of real results.
Practicing the same familiar fitness moves for every workout bores the brain and causes plateaus in physical progress. Just as eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich would grow tiresome day after day, so does the same stale workout. Think of your muscles as having toning taste buds that crave an array of ever-changing fitness flavors to excite and engage the body.
One of the best ways to spice up your workout program is to take basic fitness moves, such as the biceps curl or squat, and mix in a modification. This enables your brain and body to continue guessing and growing.
The following exercises are complex in that they work multiple muscle groups simultaneously. This promotes a greater caloric burn, improves coordination, enhances the mind/body connection, and shortens the total length of your workout by condensing several exercises into a one-and-done activity.
Keep your fitness routine fresh by spicing it up when you can. Here are some suggestions to revive your worn-out workout.
Variation 1: Reverse lunge curl
Variation 2: Biceps curl shoulder press
Variation 1: Squat press
Variation 2: Knee-to-feet squat
* If you suffer from sore knees, skip this exercise and substitute with a standard squat, instead.
Variation 1: Curtsy lunge
Variation 2: Lunge pulse
Variation 1: Mountain climbers
Variation 2: Shifting plank