March 28, 2020

Circuit Training for Every Situation

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Circuit Train!

What’s one workout mode that can be done indoors or outdoors, with or without equipment, whether you’re a beginning or advanced exerciser? Circuit training! Circuit training means moving from one exercise to the next without rest.

Set up a circuit of exercises. Choose from 3 exercises to repeat, on up to 10 or 12 exercises to perform consecutively.

Choose your format. Circuit strength exercises only, or alternate strength exercises with cardiovascular exercise in a circuit format.

Circuits are limited only by your creativity. Use whatever is around you, with safety as primary concern. Tables, chairs, benches, trees, steps, wall can all be used to assist your exercises. For example, Wall Squats, Bench Pushups, Chair Tricep Dips.

 

*Always consult your physician before beginning exercise.

Is Your Office Fitness Friendly?

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Create an Active Office!

Whether you work at home, outdoors, or in a office, creating a fitness-friendly atmosphere is possible. Here’s how to get started:

 

Walking club. Set up a regularly scheduled lunch time walking group.

Coordinate classes. Enlist the help of a Fit Pro to hold noon time or after work exercises classes in the conference room. Split the cost among all participants.

Stream workouts. Head to YouTube or a streaming workout service on your computer. Stream the workout in a common area before or after work.

Monthly competitions. Create a little friendly competition with a “monthly fitness challenge.” For example, logging the most steps with your pedometer, plank holds, pounds lost. Create teams by departments, raffle off prizes, offer incentives!

 

 

Don’t Hibernate this Winter! Written by Mollie Millington

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Don’t Hibernate: Top Trends for Wintertime Workouts
Written by Mollie Millington

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  The winter chill and even snow have arrived.  Temperatures are dropping each day.  It is probably dark when you get up and dark again when you return home from work.  The combination of these factors can steal away your fitness mojo.  Here are the top winter fitness trends that can bring you out of your slump.  Remember ‘if it’s not fun, why do it?’ so experiment until you find something you love.

Exergaming- Who says kids get to have all the fun? If someone in your family or one of your friends already has a gaming system, look into purchasing games that get you moving, such as Wii Sports; Nike+ Training for Kinect; Dance Dance Revolution; or EA Sports Active.

Indoor cycling- Winter is a fantastic time to introduce cross training to your fitness regime.  Hop in the saddle for a different kind of high cardio (but low impact) workout.  Try it 5 times before you decide if you love it or hate it.  Be sure to work with the instructor to set the bike up properly before class begins.

Dance workouts- Move over Richard Simmons- Zumba, belly dancing, ballet, ballroom, and Jazzercise are all ways to shake your booty and have some fun.  These classes can be done with friends at the gym or home alone with a video.  Crank the music up and start shuffling your feet.  Don’t worry if you miss a step or two, just have fun with it!

Personal training- Consider it an investment in your health.  Hiring a personal trainer will help you achieve your fitness goals in record time.  Workouts can be tailored to your interests and abilities, and introduce you to new activities (such as weight training or boxing).

No matter which you decide to try, don’t let winter pass you by without participating in some kind of sport.  You will beat the winter blues once the endorphins start flowing.

This article is written by Mollie Millington. Mollie is a London-based personal trainer who offers virtual and in-person training. Visit her website each day in December for a new ‘Zero Calorie Advent Calendar’ treat. www.ptmollie.com  @PTMollie, www.facebook.com/ptmollie, http://pinterest.com/ptmollie/