While I was deciding whether or not there would be an April workout, I was speaking to one of my wonderful students. I discussed how I was planning on "working on myself" like I promised one of my doctor's. She suggested that we make it an upper body workout so that this time they can hold me accountable. I loved the idea.
This month we are GETTING FIT WITH HIIT! Specifically with Tabata! Not familiar with Tabata? Allow me to explain.
Stress... It is EVERYWHERE! It is in our jobs, our schools and definitely on our roadways... Can I get an AMEN? My poor baby boy was in tears last night as we were going through his homework because he could not remember what needed to be turned in and what was work that needed to be done at school. That's when I knew it had been way too long since our last meditation session. Yes... My ten-year old meditates. He has actually been doing it for over a year.
Ghouls, goblins, Slender Man.... October is when are the scary stuff comes out; so it is the perfect time to pull out the BURPEES! What better time to face your fears? The burpee, like the push up, is a full body workout. However, after a few sets, your legs should feel a little bit like lead! With each rep, you will work your arms, chest, quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings and abs. Would you rather face a clown in a dark alley or 25 sets of burpees?
The kids are back in school and I am noticing a lot of people on the sidewalks and in the parks. With the weather getting cooler, more and more people are going to be taking it outside. Are you one of them? Whether you do not consider yourself a runner or if you run regularly, this month's challenge is for everyone!
I think that was the mentality that went behind our voters' mindsets when they decided upon arms for this month's challenge. I was pretty excited, but nervous. Other trainers in the group had the same concern as I did. Would this challenge exclude people who don't own weights or don't have a gym membership? Never fail! There is a solution for anyone that may feel they are unable to do this challenge. We have something for EVERYONE:
Apple butt. Cakes. Junk in the Trunk. Caboose. Gluteus Maximus. No matter what you call it, everyone wants a tighter TUSH. My favorite exercise, by far, is the SQUAT! I love the squat and all the forms and variations. Just in time for summer, we are challenging our glute activation with this functional exercise.
You asked for it, and here it is! An ABSolutely awesome ABtastic ABS challenge. There were squats requested and abs requested for June. I found one challenge that I thought, "Oh, yeah! That will get the abs nice and tight!" However, I knew that with my schedule it would be a while before I could post a proper form video and I didn't want my loves getting hurt.