Spring Workout Ideas

Spring Workout Ideas

March 2014

Natalie Spence

Spring is a really great time to start working out and getting ready for summer festivities. We will be sharing some workout tips and ideas that focus on the three main parts of the body that are usually on display during the summer, your arms, tummy and legs. Not only will you look great, you’ll feel amazing and confident! We all know that when it comes to exercising, everyone aims for a workout that’s fast and fairly straightforward. Here are some quick and easy workouts that will give you great results!

 

Arms

 bicep curl

Bicep Curl                   

 

Stand with your feet apart and have your arms straight at your sides with palms facing forward, hold a 5- to 10-pound dumbbell in each hand. Without moving your upper arms, bend your elbows and curl the weights toward your shoulders. Slowly lower the weights back to the starting position, straightening your arms completely, repeat with left dumbbell. Do 3 sets of 15 reps on each side

 

Chair Dips

 chair dips

This workout is the epiphany of simple; the only thing it requires is a chair.  Start out by sitting on the edge of the chair with both feet together, and then place your hands on the sides of the chair. Next, bend your elbows 90 degrees and lower yourself toward the floor. Straighten your arms and go back to your starting position. Do 8 reps.

 

Abs

 

Abdominal Hold

 abdominal hold

Using the chair from the last exercise, sit on the edge and place your hands on the edge with your fingers facing your knees. Tighten your abs and bring your toes 2 to 4 inches off the floor, and then lift your butt off the chair. Hold this position for about 5-10 seconds, lower your body and repeat. Do this exercise for 1 minute.

 

Prone Plank

 prone plank

Start by getting into a pushup position with your palms beneath your shoulders. Hold this position for 25-30 seconds with your abdomen tightened and your legs and arms fully extended.

 

Legs

 

Wall Squats

wall squats

Stand with your back against the wall, with your feet shoulder width apart, lower your body into a squat position until your knees are at 90-degree angles. Hold this position for about 2 seconds. Repeat for 3 reps.

 

 

Cross-Body Mountain Climber

 cross-body mountain climber

Start at the top of the pushup position, with your body forming a straight line from head to heels. Keeping your abs tight, pick up your right foot and slowly bring your right knee toward your left shoulder.  Switch legs by bringing the left knee forward while moving the right leg back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

 

http://thehealthyou.blogspot.ca/2008/04/arm-toning-exercises.html

http://www.familycircle.com/health/fitness/workout-routines/4-easy-arm-exercises/

http://ourprimallife.com/2013/06/06/upper-body-pyramid/

http://www.healthyoak.com/5-simple-exercises-for-a-flat-midriff

http://tootallfritz.com/2013/07/

www.fitnessmagazine.com

http://www.fitsugar.com/Strengthen-Quads-Avoid-Runner-Knee-Wall-Squats-3028663

http://www.popsugar.com.au/photo-gallery/32657325/Core-Mountain-Climbers/