pushup circuit – yoga, regular, yoga, twist, yoga, arm raise (do 5 of each of the pushups with minimal rest in between) 20 chops on a bosu ball 20 dips 20 shoulder shrugs 20 pushups with feet on a chair bridge hold with 10 leg extensions (hold your body in a bridge position – butt off the floor and extend your foot from your knee. You will be balancing on your opposite leg, but make sure not to let your butt sag. Alternate legs and do 10 total extensions) 20 crunches on a yoga ball 20 lunges on a bosu ball ab circuit – regular crunches, leg lifts, side to side touches, flutter kicks (flutter your feet about 4 inches off the ground while you are lying on your back), plank, bicycle (do each exercise from 1 minute, for a total of 6 minutes)
Challenge: regular pushups to exhaustion (make sure to keep track of your records)
10 lunges each leg 10 squats 20 calf raises each leg 20 supermans 10 bird-dogs each side 20 spiderman pushups plank for 30 sec (during that time raise each leg 5 times during the 30 sec) 10 inchworms with a twist pushup at the bottom side plank for 30 sec each side (during that time raise your upper leg about 6 inches, do that 5 times during the 30 sec) 10 yoga pushups 20 bridges (hold the last one for 30 seconds) 20 pikes on a yoga ball 10 circles with a medicine ball each side wall sit for 45 sec (make sure that your knees are at 90 degrees) 20 side to sides with a medicine ball 10 pushups with a twist
Warmup: 5 sun salutations 10 hip rotations each directions 20 arm swings (side to side, forward, and backward) 20 trunk twists 20 lunges 20 squats
Warmups need to be active instead of stationary stretching to warm up the muscles, as opposed to stretching tendons. Focus needs to be on warming up the core and the shoulders.
The Workout (“Whoa it’s a Workout): Note: These are designed for a “rather in-shape” male. As a woman, I usually do the same workout but only do half the reps for any kind of pushup exercise, or I do as many as I can with proper form. The following sequence is designed to have minimal rest time in between exercises (i.e., no more than 1 min) unless otherwise noted.
Cool Down: 3 sun salutations Static stretching focusing on arms and twists (some examples include gripping the inside of a doorway while leaning through to stretch the pectoralis muscles, sitting twists, and stretching the triceps)