Find your go-to elliptical machine.
Put it on 25, no 30 minutes today.
Pedal. Watch a show. Listen to music.
Get off... maybe go do some bicep curls, crunches, squats, and stretch.
Oh dear. Boring.
Now... I give everyone who steps into a gym, goes for a walk, picks up a weight... credit for working it. Also, I'm not ashamed to say that I've done the above listed workout plenty of times in my life (mainly post-college). That being said, if you are bored, that's why. Time to switch it up! Last Friday, Maddy and I met at the gym in our building before work. We hit up a bunch of different equipment and got a kickass workout in.
The Sled - just push it! This one really got our hearts pumping. There was 100 lbs in plates on the sled and I've googled the weight of the sled itself and I think it's somewhere between 50-75lbs... so totaling around 150-175.
Kettle Bell Swings. These are another great calorie burner. Not a huge science to this either... the basic move is to swing the bell down in between your legs, keeping your arms straight, swing it back up parallel to the floor. Watch your knees... try to make a 90 degree angle with your legs and make sure they don't push past your toes (look at the 3rd pic below and the squat position I am in - knees and toes are parallel. Switch hands if you want to get fancy with it. Do 3 sets of 15 to start and then work your way up.
Finally, you don't have to be a cross fitter to do box jumps! Swing arms up, jump up and land your feet flat on the box (don't let your heels hang off) and land in squat (90 degree angle). Do 3 sets of 10 to start and work your way up.
Three new ideas to mix up your workout routine. Give them a whirl and don't be shy about trying these things... everyone who's at the gym should be there to get a workout in... not to be judgy. Get out there and own it.
Have a great week - tomorrow is HUMP DAEEYYYY!