New Year, New You, New Workout

It’s that time of year when the new year’s resolutions are in full force so most of us are going gang-busters with our fitness regimes. First step was spending big at the sales so you have brand new, good looking active wear to keep motivations running high (as do I, hint hint do you like my new lululemon?) so all you need now is that workout right? Rather than fighting with the gym crowd (which coincidentally has tripled in size since last year, resolutions and all) try a do anywhere, anytime workout – beach, local park, hotel room, garden at home, etc etc so it’s the perfect workout when the summer weather & vibes are still going strong!

How this workout works: complete each exercise in the circuit for 1 minute. Take 15-30 seconds of rest between each exercise. Once you have completed Circuit 1 have 2 minutes rest then complete Circuit 2. Feeling super strong? Do a second round of both Circuit 1 & 2!

Circuit 1:

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Spider Crawl: Start in a straight arm plank position and crawl forward using opposite arm to leg movements. make sure to stay low and parallel to the ground.

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Rock the boat: For your abdominals! Start in an plank position, rotate your left hip to the ground and back up to starting position. Repeat moving to the right. Make sure to keep your back nice and straight.

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Frog squat with pulse: Start with legs wide and toes slightly turned out. Squat down until finger tips touch the ground, raise a few centimetres up and return to bottom position where fingers touch the ground (that’s the pulse movement) and now you can raise fully to standing.

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Low pulse lunge: Split legs into a lunge position. Drop into a deep lunge and now complete small pulses (rise up a few centimetres and back down to bottom/deep lunge position). At 30 seconds switch to the opposite leg.

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Leg raise with push up: Start in a push up position, raise leg to hip height (keeping a straight leg) complete a push up. Once push up is complete return the raised leg to ground. Now repeat switching legs of course!

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Double leg drops: Start by lying on your back. Tense your abdominals to raise your legs straight above your hips. Continue using your abdominals to slowly lower your legs to the ground (lightly touch the ground with heels) and return legs to above the hips.

 

Circuit 2:

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

V crunch: Start in a “v” position with legs bent and hands resting by your hips (for balance!) Using your abdominals extend your lower your back and hips (at the same time) towards the ground. Go as far as your feel comfortable (kudos if you can fully extend to the ground!) before contracting your abdominals to fold up into the starting “v” position.

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Bear crawl: This is the only exercise where your bum is allowed in the air! Start in a pike position, raising (and staying) on your tippy toes. Now walk forwards using same side arm & leg movements. Make sure your support your lower back by contracting your abdominals!

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Tricep dips: Everyone should know this basic exercise! If you don’t here’s how – start with hands on a bench/step/coffee table and position your feet away from your hands (the further your feet and straighter your legs the harder it is!) Now bend your elbows to drop your body towards the ground and push up, straightening your arms to raise your body back up.

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Decline hip bridge: Lying on your back place your feet on a bench/step/coffee table and contract your gluten to raise your hips off the ground. Stay in this position and float one leg off the bench. Hold this position (contracting those gluten the whole time) for 30 seconds and switch legs for the last 30 seconds.

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Mountain climber with push up: Start in push up position. Complete “climbers” by bringing your left knee to your right elbow, followed by your right knee to left elbow. Each leg is 1 “climb”. Complete 10 “climbs” followed by 1 push up.

New Year Workout featuring lululemon

Side lunge: Start with legs wide. Push your bodyweight over to your left leg and lunge downwards by bending the left leg while keep the right leg straight. Return to the starting position and the lower to the right leg.

 

Here’s to a fitter healthier year!

xx JB

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