This is a full body strength workout that I designed to hit all of your major muscle groups to help you get lean and toned. My husband and I like to work out together when we can, and he just wasn’t feeling our MMA cardio workout today. So I wrote up a plan for us that we could do in our basement, and now I’m sharing it with you!
A few things about this workout:
- I included lower body moves that focused on glutes because we both sit down a lot (he works at a computer all day, and I nurse a baby). Sitting often leads to tightened hip flexors and weak glutes. Over time, this creates a muscular imbalance that can cause various issues including lower back pain. Better to combat that before it becomes too much of a problem.
- I alternated lower body with upper body movements to encourage blood movement throughout the body. It also allows one body part to take a short break while focusing on another body part.
- I included mostly compound exercises rather than isolated exercises so that the most muscles can be worked at once, decreasing the time needed to get a great workout.
- Things you need: weights (either dumbbells or a barbell) and a bench
Full Body Strength Workout
We chose our weights (and wrote them down, because that’s how you set goals for improvement!) and did our workout. Each set should be completed with focus and using the mind-muscle connection for greatest effectiveness. There was only about a 30-60 second break between each set. That kept the heart rate up and added a little bit of a cardio effect. Also, this is NOT a circuit, meaning we did not do 10 squats followed by 10 bench presses, etc. We did 3 sets of 10 squats before moving on to the bench press.
In the end, our legs were jelly and our arms were spent. We were breathing hard and soaked in sweat and MAN it was difficult to walk up the basement stairs. But at the same time… I didn’t feel like I had worked with maximum effort. I could’ve gone a little heavier with some of the exercises (like that glute bridge), but we need more weights to make that happen. Hopefully Santa can fit some into his gift sack!
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Give this workout a try and let me know what you think! And if you like it, please share it with your friends.