Article: Workout routines that work
I prefer to go with typical Spartacus, but you might find this one better!
Do this routine 3 days a week. You can do it as your primary weight workout, or as a “cardio” routine on the days between your regular workouts.
You’ll find that there are two “steps” or circuits. Follow the directions for Step 1, and then move on to Step 2. For each circuit, perform 1 set of each of the five exercises (or “stations”) in succession. Each station lasts 60 seconds. Do as many reps as you can (with perfect form) for a duration of 40 seconds, and then rest for 20 seconds. As soon as your rest time is up, start the next exercise.
Once you’ve completed one circuit of all five exercises, immediately repeat the entire circuit (without resting). Then, after you’ve completed Circuit 1 two times, rest for 2 minutes, and repeat two more times, for a total of 4 circuits. Once done, rest 2 minutes and move on to Step 2.
For Step 2, repeat the entire procedure, until you’ve completed another 4 circuits.
Note that many of the exercises are performed with one arm or leg at a time. Work one side the first time through the circuit, then work the other side the second time through the circuit. The best approach is to work your weaker side (usually you’re left side, if you’re a righty) first. (Also, if you can’t go for the entire 40 seconds, rest a few seconds and then resume until your time at that station is up.)
1. Dumbbell Hang Pull
Grab a pair of dumbbells and let them hang at arm’s length in front of your body, your palms facing behind you. Now bend at your hips and knees, and lower the dumbbells until they’re just below knee height. That’s the starting position. Now, in one movement, thrust your hips forward, straighten your knees, and raise up on your toes as you pull the dumbbells as high as you can by bending your elbows and raising your upper arms. Then reverse the movement and repeat.
A- Keep your lower back naturally arched.
2. Offset Dumbbell Reverse Lunge
Stand tall holding a dumbbell in your left hand next to your shoulder, with your arm bent. With your right foot, step backward and lower your body until your back knee almost touches the floor. Push yourself back to the starting position and repeat. On then next round, hold the dumbbell on your other side, and step back with the opposite leg.
A – Let your right hand hang at your side or place it on your hip.
B- Keep your torso upright.
3. Single-arm Dumbbell Swing
Hold a dumbbell at arm’s length in front of your waist, with your knees slightly bent. Without rounding your lower back, bend at your hips and swing the dumbbell between your legs. Keeping your arm straight, thrust your hips forward and swing the dumbbell to shoulder level as you rise to a standing position. Then simply swing the weight back and forth.
B- Your arm should swing up from your momentum.
Stand holding a pair of dumbbells next to your shoulders. Push your hips back, then bend your knees and lower your body until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor. As you push your body back up from the squat, press the dumbbells above your shoulders until your arms are straight. Then lower the dumbbells back down to your shoulders, and repeat.
A -Your feet should be set shoulder-width apart (or a little wider).
5. Single-leg, Single-arm Underhand-grip Dumbbell Row
Grab a dumbbell in your right hand, then bend at your hips and place your left hand on a bench in front of you. Raise your right leg so that it’s in line with your upper body. Now let the dumbbell hang straight down from your shoulder, your palm facing forward (an underhand grip). That’s the starting position. (If you prefer, you can use an overhand grip (so your palms would be facing behind you), instead of an underhand grip.Pull the dumbbell to the side of your torso, by raising your upper arm, and bending your elbow. Pause, then slowly lower the dumbbell back to the starting position. That’s one rep. On your next round, switch arms and legs.
6. Dumbbell Chop
Grab a dumbbell and hold it with both hands just above your right shoulder. Swing the dumbbell down and to the outside of your left knee by rotating and bending your upper body in the same direction. Reverse the movement to return to the starting position. On your next round, switch sides, this time holding the dumbbell over your left shoulder and chopping to down and to your right.
7. Plank Walkup to Pushup
Start to get into a pushup position, but bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms instead of your hands. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Now brace your core by by contracting your abs as if you’re about to be punched in the gut. Without allowing your body posture to change (don’t let your hips sag!), place your left hand on the floor, then your right hand. Then push your body into the “up” position of a pushup. Now do a pushup. Then lower yourself back to your elbows into the plank position, by placing each elbow on the floor again. Repeat as many times as you can.
8. Rotational Dumbbell Straight-leg Deadlift
Grab a dumbbell in your right hand and hold it next to your side. Stand on your left foot with your knee slightly bent. Lift your right foot off the floor and bend that knee slightly. Without changing the bend in your left knee, bend at your hips (don’t round your lower back), and lower your torso as you rotate it to the left and try touch the dumbbell in front of your left foot. Reverse the move to the starting position and repeat. On your next round, switch arms and legs.
9. Squat Thrusts
Stand with your arms at your sides. Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body as deep as you can into a squat. With your hands on the floor, kick your legs backward so that you’re in a pushup position. Then quickly bring your legs back to a squat and stand up.
10. Jump Squat
Stand with feet about shoulder-width apart. Place your fingers on the back of your head and pull your elbows back so they’re in line with your body. Push your hips back, bend your knees, and squat down. Then jump as high as you can. When you land, squat and jump again. If that’s too easy, hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides as you perform the exercise.
A – Lower your body until the tops of your thighs are at least parallel to the floor.