This lower body workout was created by two of my students, Lisa and Rachel.
I modified it a little bit to work for all of us at home with minimal equipment.
It's awesome and I hope you have fun with it!
body weight, some type of elevated surface (ideas: step, park bench, stable chair, picnic bench, low wall ), free weights (or an alternative weight like a back pack filled with books, heavy objects from panty
5 minutes dynamic stretches
Round 1: 8-12 reps , 2-3 sets
Round 2: 12-16 reps, 2-3 sets
Round 3: 12-16 reps, 2-3 sets
Stretches for lower body: quads, hams, abductors, adductors
I have posted a workout similar to this in the past however now that we are all home, I rewrote it assuming minimal equipment.
Choose a path to start....follow the arrows any way you like....when you get to the bottom (60 sec plank), go back and choose a new path.
For the weights, use either hand weights, bottles of water, or a backpack filled with some books, etc.
Have fun on your adventures! Enjoy!
This is a challenging, no-equipment-needed HIIT workout you can do anywhere.
Format is a descending interval ladder.
1. Belt kick squat
(can substitute any type of squat or do a belt kick squat which is a squat with a single leg kick as you rise up
out of the squat).
2. High knees
(either march or add impact with high knee jog in place)
(any burpee that makes you happy!)
4. Jumping jacks
(impact or non-impact jacks)
1. Belt Kick Squat (60 seconds)
2. High Knees (60 seconds)
3. Burpee (60 seconds)
4.Jumping Jacks (60 seconds)
1. Belt Kick Squat (50 seconds)
2. High Knees (50 seconds)
3. Burpee (50 seconds)
4. Jumping Jacks (50 seconds)
1. Belt Kick Squat (40 seconds)
2. High Knees (40 seconds)
3. Burpee (40 seconds)
4. Jumping Jacks (40 seconds)
1. Belt Kick Squat (30 seconds)
2. High Knees (30 seconds)
3. Burpee (30 seconds)
4, Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)
1. Belt Kick Squat (20 seconds)
2. High Knees (20 seconds)
3. Burpee (20 seconds)
4. Jumping Jacks (20 seconds)
Good job! :-)
Before spring break and before in-person classes were cancelled at Duke, I assigned my students the task of creating their own workout. Over the next few weeks I'll share some of their awesome workouts here.
This HIIT workout was designed by Meredith and it's fantastic.
No equipment needed.
Have fun and get ready to sweat!
30 seconds work: 30 seconds rest
2 min. Rest between each round
7 minutes steady state cardio with upper body movement
1. Jumping jacks
3. Mountain climbers
5. Jump squats
Stretches for total body (chest, back, deltoids, arms, legs)
I taught this workout to my college students the week before spring break and it was awesome. This is one my favorites because it is simple, uses minimal equipment, and keeps you engaged because it changes every minute. You can do the entire workout or break it up into 10 minute intervals. Have fun! xo
1 minute for each exercise
Exercises are grouped in 4 categories. (see below)
Rest anywhere from 30-60 seconds between exercises.
Equipment: light hand weights (or cans, filled water bottles, items at home that have weight, you can use a backpack with books), mat, bodyweight
Warm up: 5-10 minutes of dynamic stretching
Realizing that our at-home gym equipment options might be limited, I've been thinking about how we can improvise with items we might have in our homes.
This workout uses a backpack or a duffel bag instead of a sandbag.
Sets: 1-3 (go through all 10 in order, then repeat if you feel like doing more!)
Equipment: backpack or duffel bag, books or heavy-ish objects to fill the bag to desired weight, mat (optional).
Warm up: 5 minutes of dynamic stretching
We had a great group on the water last night! Thank you to everyone who joined me and especially to Liz and Kearsi for organizing! It was fabulous to meet these SUPerstars. The water was warm, the breeze was cool, and the sun dropped behind the trees at the perfect time. We paddled, practiced yoga and paddled some more! Great way to end the weekend and start the week. :-)
I had a blast with the Barre 3 team out of Chapel Hill this past Sunday! Huge thank you to Dana, Brooke and the entire team for joining me on the water for some SUP Yoga fun. We paddled, laughed, balanced, splashed and relaxed. It was fabulous! Can't wait to see you all again soon! :-)
This is one of my favorite upper body workouts. The entire workout as written will take anywhere from 45-60 minutes. If you are short on time, you could cut the sets down to 2 for each muscle group or run through the entire workout top to bottom one time.
Equipment: Cable machines, free weights, battle ropes, med ball, body weight, mat
Warmup: 5 minutes of dynamic stretching for total body
Chest/Back (using cables)
8-12 reps, 2-3 sets
1. Lat Pull Downs
2. Chest flyes
3. Seated cable rows
Shoulders/Chest (free weights)
8-12 reps, 2-3 sets
1. Overhead press
2. Chest press
3. Angled deltoid raises
1. Single rope waves (30-60 waves)
2. Slam ball slams (10-20 slams)
3. Burpees (4-10 reps)
1. Prone spinal extensions (8-12 reps)
(lying face down, slowly lift upper and lower body away from the ground, then lower back down to start)
2. V-sit with a twist (10-20 reps)
3. Low plank to high plank (or just hold plank) 30-60 seconds
Biceps/Triceps (free weights/bodyweight)
8-12 reps, 2-3 sets
1. Bicep curls
2. Overhead tricep extension
3. Tricep dips off a bench
Our SUP field trip FINALLY happened in early May after a year fraught with crazy weather including hurricanes, intense heat, and flooding. Ten of my 21 students in my SUP Fitness courses at Duke took a break from studying to join me on Falls Lake for a gorgeous afternoon of paddling, yoga and exploring. Mother Nature was so kind and gave us a spectacular blue sky, warm sun and cool water. Thank you to all of my students for making this a fantastic year and thank you to those who were able to come out and paddle for a few hours. It really is a highlight of the school year and the course! Happy summer and paddling friends.
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