By WIN Contributor: Scott Paul, Personal Trainer
To train or not to train?
Tough call, especially when it comes to early morning workouts, like the two ladies in the video. First thing's first: getting up in the morning. Make sure you go to bed early enough and then eat something small when you wake up in the morning…that way you’ll have the energy to train. Next, is the workout itself. Lets take the video as a great example of how hard you can work. The workout features exercises that train the entire body…core, balance, stability and done at an intensity that burns some major calories, while making you sweat.
The Turkish Get-Up is the first exercise seen here. Though it is a complicated movement that takes a bit of practice, it’s also a movement that targets core stability. Start without any weight, or a small weight, and get used to perfecting the movement. That’s exactly how these girls started, and now they do it almost flawlessly. Keep the arm straight and locked out, core tight and be sure to maintain control the entire way up AND down.
Onto the push-ups. One of my favourite exercises, as they can be done anywhere. This time, they are a bit more challenging as they are done on a Bosu ball. Grab the sides of the Bosu with the flat side up, maintain a tight and strong core and try to complete a push-up. Be sure to try and get a full range of motion by lowering yourself all the way down, until your chest almost touches the Bosu.
The last two exercises also are great ways to challenge balance, stability and flexibility while testing strength. In the first of the two exercises, maintain balanced on a single leg, while the back and the opposite leg is straight, hinging at the hips. Proceed to pull weight into chest, pulling with the back and squeezing the shoulder blade to the centre of back. The second exercise of the two sees a step-up to shoulder press. Get a step that you are comfortable with and step up while raising the weight above the head….all in one motion.
This workout is a great way to start your day and great way to get and stay in shape. How do start your mornings?