Since my workout routine consists of bootcamp classes with circuit, interval training any given day I do anywhere from 6 to 12 different exercises – so there is a lot of variety, but I admittedly have my favorites… and my not so favorites *smiles* so that is why I want to share with you my favorite exercises, how I learned to love them and why.
So let’s get down to it, here are the exercises I never get sick of and always look forward to seeing in my fitness routine.
Squats. The reason I love squats is because they build muscle throughout your entire leg hitting the hamstrings, quads and calves. Not to mention they help with your upper body strength as well. If you want some added cardio for squats try a pop squat or jump squat.
Bicep Curls. These are an easy exercise, if you’re starting with a lighter weight or building up with a higher LB. Plus your arms, no matter how strong you are, always look super ripped when your working this move!
Burpees. These are a full body workout and sure to get your heart rate up. It’s important to do burpees with good form, starting with wide feet and jumping back narrow then up wide again. I used to hate burpees, but since I’ve been doing them more I learned to love the challenge and now they aren’t so tough anymore.
Sit-up Fighter. This exercise primarly works your abs and core, but it also is an arm exercise as well. I like this ab workout because it eases on the strain of my lower back, as a person with chronic back pain, I have to be super sensitive of all the movements and adjusting appropriately.
Pull Ups. The real kind! Since I’ve built my upper body strength, I’ve been able to do some real pull ups, using a larger bands I am able to help support myself and actually work on building more muscle.
What I really love about these exercises is they hit each of the main body parts. It’s important to work all parts, even the ones that we might not be self conscious of, because we can always tone and build muscle. Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite exercises are, and why!