Last week I had a couple of workouts that I felt weren’t up to par. Sometimes that happens. My body was more tired than I thought. So on Saturday I wanted to make up for it by doing a whole body routine. I found this workout in my latest issue of Experience Life magazine. (You can see a video of it here.)
I really enjoyed this workout. It is called a Metabolic Training workout which is a form of circuit training that combines multijoint exercises (such as pushups, kettlebell swings and Olympic lifts), with just a few seconds in between, allowing your heart rate to stay slightly elevated. However, if you are lifting heavy, you should allow 60 seconds between sets, according to Alwyn Cosgrove. If you rest more, your heart rate slows down too much, effecting the fat burning process and if you allow less time, your muscles may not recover enough to push enough weight to challenge your muscles.
I have never done a barbell squat to overhead shoulder press before now. Before you gasp, let me explain that I have done the move with dumbbells. I wasn’t sure this move was going to do much for me because I squat more weight than I push with a barbell on the overhead press. Therefore, I was limited by what I could press. Most of the time when I do shoulder presses with the barbell I am sitting (to reduce risk of injury) so I limited myself to just the 45lb bar for this routine.
I must say that, all moves combined, gave me a nice workout. I could feel all worked muscles the next day. This was a great reminder to myself that changing up the way you work out is a great way to keep challenging muscles.
Also, I got a new phone last week that allows me to take screen shots – which is what I did with this workout – I love it!
How do you change up your routines?