Back to back off days. On Tuesday I'll hit the gym for squats. The local YMCA has added a 2nd squat rack, so that relieves the stress of going to the gym and having to wait my turn behind a line-up of other lifters.
If you're looking for something quick today, try this:
The 10-Minute Super Arms and Abs “Pump” Workout
- Rest 15 seconds between exercises.
- Go through the circuit once… or twice if you’re addicted to an all-morning muscle pump that will make your arms look super sexy and lean at work
1) Pushups – As many repetitions as possible in 60 seconds
2) Iron Cross Hold (or DB Chest-Supported Row) – 30 seconds
3) Kneeling Plank-to-Triceps Extension – 30 seconds
4) Squat & Curl (with or without dumbbells) – 60 seconds
5) Rocking Plank – 60 seconds
6) Reverse Lunge with Curl – 30 seconds per side
7) 1 & ½ rep Close-Grip Pushups (kneeling, if necessary) – 30 seconds
8) Iron Cross Hold (or DB Chest-Supported Row) – 30 seconds
9) Kneeling Plank-to-Triceps Extension – 30 seconds
10) Squat & Curl (with or without dumbbells) – 60 seconds
1 & ½ rep Close-Grip Pushups – Lower your body all the way down, push halfway back up, then lower all the way back down, and then push all the way up. That’s one rep. Use perfect form, so do them on your knees if necessary. It’s all about your triceps (the back of your arms).
Plank-to-Triceps Extensions are also known as Sphinx Pushups.
Watch them here.
Squat & Curl – Squat down with your arms at your sides and palms facing forward. As you stand back up, flex your elbows and contract your biceps to curl your palms to your shoulders. Hold dumbbells if you want. Straighten your arms as you squat down again.
Reverse Lunge with Curl – Step back with one leg and hold your arms at your sides and palms facing forward. As you stand back up, flex your elbows and contract your biceps to curl your palms to your shoulders. Hold dumbbells if you want. Straighten your arms as you step back again. Do all reps for one side and then switch… after taking a 15-second break.
Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
"When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure." – Mary Kay Ash
And a reminder to...
Greet your obstacles with energy and a smile (and a wagging tail)
Never give up,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT