Not everyone is a morning person… I’m not but I’ve trained myself into a ‘fake’ morning person. I’ve noticed that when I workout early, my energy level is much higher, and my coffee intake is lower. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet or in my case not snooze a thousand times – just get up and get moving!
Nothing screams Monday better than working your legs. Try the workout below for an extra oomph and challenge yourself. I promise you’ll feel the burn tomorrow.
Warm-up: Air Squats; 25 reps, 3 sets
Exercise #1: Shoulder Width Smith Squats; 10 reps, 3 sets (add weight each time)
Exercise #2: Barbell Good Mornings; 15 reps, 4 sets (increase weight each time)
Exercise #3: Seated Leg Extension; 15/12/10/8 reps, 4 sets (increase the weight each time)
Exercise #4: Medicine Ball Abdominal Twists; 30 reps, 3 sets
Exercise #5: Lying Leg Curl; 15 reps, 4 sets
Triple Superset/Exercise #6: Leg Press – wide stance (10 reps), feet together at the middle (10 reps), and toes/calf raises (25 reps) x 4 sets
Exercise #7: Decline abdominal sit-up; 15 reps, 3 sets
Walk it off, shake it off, and strut it off…
xxx – Sarah
Working out should not be feared or stressful to add into your schedule. Rather it should be enjoyed, exciting, and an outlet to focus on yourself away from societal pressures. This is a great workout that focuses on legs with a mix of glutes and abdominals added in.
**All sets in this workout are to start with a light to medium weight for the first set and then progress in weight without compromising form or remain with a challenging weight.
**When moving from exercise to exercise or waiting between sets keep the rest no more than 60 seconds.
Tabata Warm-up: Air squats (60 seconds on, 30 seconds off for 3 rounds)
Exercise #1: Step-ups with Dumbbells – 3 sets (15/12/10 reps on each leg – no alternating steps)
Exercise #2: Bulgarian Split Lunges with Dumbbells or Bodyweight – 3 sets (15/12/10)
Exercise #3: Romanian Deadlifts with Dumbbells – 4 sets (15/12/10/8)
Exercise #4: Sumo Deadlifts with Dumbbells – 4 sets (15/12/10/8)
Exercise #5: Wall Sits – 3 sets (60 seconds with 30 seconds rest, then 45 seconds with 30 second rest, and 30 seconds on)
Exercise #6: Decline Weighted Sit-ups – 3 sets (25/25/25)
Exercise #7: Shoulder Height Cable Twists – 3 sets (25/25/25)
Exercise #8: Bicycle Crunches – 3 sets (25/25/25)
(Bonus Lab: If you are looking for an extra quick workout or to get your heart rate up, make exercises 6-8 a Speed Set which is sure to get you sweating. Speed sets should be done with no rest until all the sets and reps are completed.)
xxx – Sarah