Kettlebell Quickie Series

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Fitness, Getting started, Videos | Posted on 29-07-2014-05-2008

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Kettlebell Quickie Series

Today we are honored to have a guest post by Fitness & lifestyle coach Neghar Fonooni.

People often ask me what my #1 tip for getting shape is, and I used to find it difficult to answer that question. How can I give just one tip?! There are so many important building blocks to a fit, happy lifestyle.

But the truth is, with a myriad of fitness intentions, starting points, and circumstances, there’s really no “best way” to get into shape, as the path can vary greatly from person to person. There is, however, one thing that universally will lead to sustainable results, regardless of style, duration, intensity, or load. It has nothing to do with how you choose to be active or how heavy you lift. It’s all about consistency.

This is the most important step towards living a fit lifestyle, because not only does consistent movement spur a desire for more movement, but consistent inactivity doesn’t inspire movement either–overcoming the inertia to move after being inactive requires far too much effort. Sporadic inactivity usually leads to perpetual inactivity, until before you know it, you haven’t worked out in 4 weeks and you feel awful.

Remember Newton’s first law of motion: objects in motion stay in motion. Essentially, the more you exercise, the more you’ll want to exercise. Stay in motion, no matter what, and working out will become a habit, not an obligation.

Regardless of travel, work projects, studying, kids and family obligations, it’s imperative that we stay consistent with our fitness efforts. By exercising daily, you’ll increase energy, immunity, release more dopamine and serotonin, and add positively to your overall well-being. But does that mean you have to dedicate 1-2 hours of exercise every single day in order to thrive? Absolutely not!

You might be thinking to yourself, I don’t have time to exercise everyday! You’ve got so many things on your plate that the idea of fitting in exercise just seems like more stress than it’s worth. But you can fit it in, and here’s how:

By letting go of the idea that a workout should last a certain amount of time.

I was discussing this very issue with two of my best girlfriends who constantly lament their lack of time and woefully inform me of their bouts of inactivity. One of them has recently finished grad school and started a demanding new job, the other is working full time and going to nursing school at night. They’re drained from the hustle, and I can totally relate. So I asked them, after a series of questions on their schedules, can you wake up 5 minutes earlier than you normally would?

Obviously, yes, they could. “Good,” I said. “Tomorrow you’ll get up 5 minutes earlier and do 5 sets of 20 kettlebell swings, every minute, on the minute.”

Puzzled, my friends asked, “Is that really going to do anything?”

And they aren’t alone in that thought. We’ve been programmed to believe that a workout has to be long in order to be worth it—that we have to spend hours at the gym in order to see results. But isn’t a short workout better than no workout at all? And don’t you think that exercising 5 minutes every day will lead to prioritizing movement, and gradually finding more time to dedicate to workouts?

The truth is that efficiency is far more important than duration when it comes to making exercise a fluid part of your life, and efficiency has nothing to do with how long you’re able to workout. It’s all about how well you make use of that limited amount of time. Only have 5 minutes? Great! Work as hard as you possibly can in those 5 minutes. Knowing how to maximize your time and being willing to ramp up the intensity of your workouts will allow you to stay consistent no matter how much a time crunch you’re in.

Now, are 5-minute workouts a long-term solution? Of course not. But when push comes to shove, getting in a quickie will never be something you regret. In fact, the simple act of moving will often inspire more movement, and little by little you’ll find the time to prioritize workouts. Letting go of the idea that a workout has to be a certain length of time will allow you to approach exercise in a more adaptable manner, ensuring that fitness doesn’t take over your life, and instead integrates seamlessly into a full, happy lifestyle.

For ideas on how to have a great workout in 10 minutes or less, check out my Quickie series on YouTube.

These quickies are fun, simple, and a total sweat sesh. You can use them as a full workout or as a post-workout finisher. You can even adjust the work to rest ratios or sets in order to make the workout fit into your timeframe and skill level. But remember, quality is always the first priority, so movement always needs to be safe in order to be effective.

For this KB Quickie, all you need is one kettlebell. We’ll be doing 2 combination exercises:

– 1-leg deadlifts into bent over rows
– 1-arm push presses into reverse lunges

This full body quickie workout takes 2 minutes per round. You’ll perform each exercise for 30 seconds per side, and ultimately do as many rounds as you have time for. Be safe and move quickly, but most of all, have fun!

Check out Neghar’s Lean & lovely Program

 

About Neghar:

Fitness & lifestyle coach, writer, veteran, and mom, Neghar Fonooni is passionate about empowering women through strength.

A Los Angeles native with 14 years experience in the fitness industry, Neghar believes that a positive mindset is the most important aspect of a fit lifestyle. Through this website and her social media platforms, she teaches women how to embrace their bodies and enrich their lives with food and exercise. Neghar is a contributing blogger to several sites, including My Fitness Pal and Schwarzanegger.com, and is the author of the 12-week total transformation system, Lean & Lovely.

Hardcore Workout C

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 20-05-2012-05-2008

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This is TT Hardcore Workout C.

This metabolic resistance circuit that we start with is one of my favorites I’ve ever put together. This will challenge you in so many different ways.

Start with a depth jump. Elevate yourself a little less than a foot or even less than that. If you are not ready for the jump, you can do regular jumps or bodyweight squats. However, if you are only able to do bodyweight squats, you are probably in the wrong workout. It’s very advanced. Make sure you do not preform this on concrete floors.

Step off with one foot and right into a squat and immediately jump straight up and land soft with your hips back to absorb the force of the jump with your muscles. You will do 6 reps.

Move to a deadlift. You will hold for a 2 second pause at the bottom of each repetition. Move the bar right up against your shins, use an overhand grip, press your hips back while arching your lower back. Pull up and slowly lower down for 3 seconds, pausing for 1 count. Reset, arch your back and pull up. Do 8 reps.

Move immediately into pushups. You will be doing 50% of your maximum number (if you can do 60, you will only do 30). Lower down, keeping your abs braced and holding your body in a straight line and drive back up.

Finish with a Turkish get-up with a kettlebell. Lie down, bring the weight up pressing strong. come up and slide your leg up and under while holding your arm up and keeping your shoulder in a strong position the entire time. Move your leg back out and slowly lower down without losing control of your arm and weight. Do all reps on one side and then switch and repeat on the other side.

That concludes our first metabolic circuit of Workout C.

The second metabolic circuit starts with a 1-leg bench squat. Stand on the bench with your hands out in front of you. Step off the bench to the side, while you push your hips back for a 4 second lowering phase. You can touch the floor if you need to, but if you can control it, just stop right before your foot reaches the floor and come back up. Do 10 reps and repeat on the other side.

After that, you will do renegade rows with either flat hex dumbbells or kettlebells. Start with your body in a straight line with your abs braced. Row the weights up and alternate sides (using the same amount of weights on each side).

You will be doing pushups with your hands on the stability ball. These work your triceps a little more. Keep your body in a straight line and lower down. Drive back up. Some people have some wrist problems with that exercise, so you can do a different kind of pushup in place of them. You can do pushups with your feet on the ball or close grip type pushups.

Finish with hanging leg raises. The easiest grip is with the bars that go straight out so your palms face one another. Keep your abs braced and bring your legs up. Keep it controlled on the way down.

If you can’t do those, you can do stability ball rollouts in place of them. Roll out with a stretch on the way out, keeping it controlled and contract your abs on the way up.

And, we have one more superset to go.

First up will be a burpee/chin-up combo. You will start with a burpee, dropping down, add a pushup and come back up with a jump. Then move immediately into a chin-up with an underhand grip. Go right back into a burpee and then a chin-up. This is great for people who can’t do so many chin-ups in a row. You will get that little break with the burpee. You want to do 10 of these, but if you can’t do 10 chinups, just do as many as you can and then finish the rest with just burpees.

For the last exercise, you will do cross body mountain climbers with your feet on the ball. This is a little bit harder than the ones we did earlier. Do 8 reps per side (alternating sides).

Rest and repeat.

Finish up with adrenaline interval training. This time you will do 36 seconds of work with 54 seconds of recovery. This is still the same 2-3 ratio of interval training to rest. It’s a lot easier to do on a machine for interval training.

2 things you can change up, you can do your interval training the day after your workout days. You can change that up so you can do shorter workouts.

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Hardcore Workout B

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 19-05-2012-05-2008

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This is Workout B from TT Hardcore 2K10.

You’ll be doing 6 repetitions of 6 exercises in this workout.

Start with a barbell complex, but start with an empty barbell for the first time you go through this. You can even use a broomstick for this. If you are training at home, you can even use dumbbells.

Start with Romanian Dead Lifts. Press your hips back as far as you can, keep a flat back and then drive back up to feel that stretch in your hamstrings.

Next up is a hang clean (6 reps), so you will do a little dip, drive up and catch the bar underneath. You want to get that extension, especially when you have some weight on it.

Move right into front squats. Keep your elbows up, push your hips back as you lower and drive back up for 6 reps.

Next is a military press. You will be limited in this entire complex by the weight you can military press or push press, but I want you to choose a weight you can press overhead 15 times. Press up and with your last one, bring the bar behind your head to move directly into a back squat.

For back squats, press your hips down and back and drive back up.

Finish with a forward lunge. Step forward, lunge and drive up, alternating sides.

You will find that your upper back and legs will be a little fatigued with this complex.

Do these 6 exercises with 6 repetitions for each one, rest and repeat for a total of 3 times through.

After the complex, we’re going to move into a couple of tri-sets. We’ll have a lot of resistance training, but no interval training.

Move right into a 3-exercise circuit starting with either underhanded inverted rows or a chin-up with knee up.

For the chin-up with knee-up, we’re going to combine our lats and biceps with abs. Use an underhand grip, do a chin-up while bringing your knees up and back down nice and slow. Do 2 reps short of failure (if you can do 10 of them, you will only do 8).

If you cannot do the chin-up with knee up, you can do underhanded inverted rows instead. With your palms facing you and your body in a straight line, pull yourself up and slowly lower back down. This is an easier exercise, but if you want to work your upper back a bit more, this will do that.

Next, move into spiderman climb pushups. These are the same as spiderman pushups, except you will touch your foot to the ground. Start in pushup position and bring your knee to your elbow as you lower down. Keep your abs braced. Do 1 repetition short of failure for these. If you can do 10 reps, then only do 9 reps.

Finish this circuit with a 1-leg stability ball leg curls (this is why we did so much hamstring warmup). This is a powerful exercise for your hamstrings. Raise one leg up and bridge your hips. Curl the ball in and back out, contracting your hamstring. Do all reps on one side and repeat on the other side.

Rest 1 minute and repeat this circuit 2 more times.

We’re going to finish this workout with something that is a bit different than usual. We’ll finish with 3 exercises in a circuit, but we’re going to do 5 reps for each.

First up are incline presses. Drive up and in and slowly lower down and out for 3 seconds. With the incline, you will be working the deltoid muscles more.

Move directly into dumbbell split squats. You will probably use lighter weights for these. Start with your lead leg out in front. Your lead leg will be doing all the work, while your rear leg will be used for balance and stretching through your quadricep. Lower and hold for a 1 second pause at the bottom and drive back up through your lead leg (quadricep) and your glute. Do 5 reps on each side.

Next move into a stability ball ab pike. Start with your feet on the ball and keep your body in a straight line. Push your hips straight up pike in and back out. Go as high as you can. You will do 5 reps.

Rest 1 minute and repeat 4 more times (for a total of 5 times total).

At this point, you may be fairly tired out, but you still might be able to press out a decent amount of weight.

No interval training for workout B.

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Hardcore Workout A

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 18-05-2012-05-2008

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This is Workout A from the TT Hardcore 2K10 program.

We’re going to start with a metabolic resistance circuit of 4 exercises starting with an explosive power exercise with 3 vertical jumps (each one being it’s own repetition). You can do these with your hands up behind your head. Squat down and drive up and land soft on your feet with your knees bent and your hips back. Use your muscles to absorb the force.

You will next move into dumbbell chest presses. Lie flat on the bench and press up and in, slowly lower down and out for 3 reps.

Next, move into dumbbell reverse lunges (you will probably use lighter weights than you were using for the chest press). Step back with your chest up, using your lead leg to pull you back up while you contract your glute. Do all reps on one side and then switch to the other side.

The next exercise will be a 45 second stability ball plank. Keep your body in a straight line and hold with your abs braced and breathe normal. This is an advanced exercise.

Up next, we have another metabolic circuit of 5 exercises starting with pull-ups. I want you to go 2 reps short of failure, so if you can do 10, you will only do 8.

Take an overhand grip, slightly wider than shoulder width apart, pull your chest up to the bar and keep it controlled on the way down.

Next, move into dips, doing 2 reps short of failure. I want you to keep your knees up and your body forward to keep the stress off of your shoulder joints. Slowly lower down and drive back up.

Next up are dumbbell rows with 12 reps per side. Start with your knee bent and a flat back with a slight bend in your elbow. Row up and slowly down. Repeat reps on other side.

Cross Body Mountain Climbers are next. This is one of my favorite oblique exercises. Start out in a pushup position and brace your abs. Bring your right knee to your left elbow, keeping your abs braced and alternating sides.

Grab another set of dumbbells for rear deltoid raises. Press your hips back with a flat back. Raise your arms out to the sides and slowly lower down.

Go through this circuit a couple of times and then finish with adrenaline interval training (24 seconds on and 36 seconds off) each week you will do more according to the manual.

This is a really tough workout and will probably take you close to an hour to get through it, but this is hardcore.

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Hardcore Warmup

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 16-05-2012-05-2008

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This is TT Hardcore 2010. We’re going to start with our bodyweight warmup and I’m representing North Park High School in Brampton. I spoke to the kids there last week and it was a lot of fun. They were nice enough to give me this T-shirt afterwards.

These workouts are advanced and they will take you about an hour to get through them.

For our warmup, start out with a bodyweight squat with your arms straight out and keep your chest up high as you squat and drive back up.

Next, we’ll get a little dynamic flexibility work for your hamstrings with some leg swings. Each repetition you will go a little farther than the last one. Don’t over-do it because you haven’t been really warmed up, but this will give you a good stretch and a better range of motion in your hamstrings.

After you’ve done both legs with the leg swings, move into a lateral lunge. Step out and down and drive up with your leg while you keep your chest out. This will give you a nice stretch through the groin.

Next, move into a prone stick-up to get your upper back and shoulder mobility going. Lay down on your chest and squeeze your shoulder blades down and together as you move your arms out. Tuck them back in and back down.

Close grip pushups are next. Place your hands shoulder width apart, keeping your body in a straight line with your abs braced. Drop down with your elbows tucked in and drive back up through your triceps, chest and shoulders.

These workouts have quite a bit of intense hamstring contractions in them, so were going to warm them up more with a 1-leg Romanian Dead lift (RDL). Stand on one leg and drive your hips back with your other leg behind you. Stretch the hamstring of your planted leg and bring it back up. Repeat on the other side.

Next, well finish with 2 stretches. The first one will be a hip flexor and psoas stretch. Kneel down with one arm up and lean back and to the side a bit. Youll feel this through your rectus femoris, quads and through your waist. This area gets very tight with all the sitting we all do. Hold this for 30 seconds and then repeat the stretch on the other side.

The next one will be a chest stretch. Place your hand against a wall and rotating away. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Rest 1 minute and repeat this circuit one more time before you move into Workouts A, B and C of TT Hardcore 2K10.

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Bodyweight 500 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 06-01-2012-05-2008

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Hope you’ve been progressing well with the bodyweight challenge workouts? 

Next up for you is another great video workout to challenge you even more…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 500 challenge.

You’ll do 500 bodyweight repetition exercises back-to-back with as little rest as possible until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)
Nigel

This is the ultimate challenge where you will perform 500 bodyweight repetitions in the BW 500 workout challenge.

Starting out with 50 prisoner squats, you want to get in a squat position and place your hands behind your head. Be sure to keep your elbows back as this will force your upper back to work a little more in this exercise.

Immediately following the prisoner squats, you are going to go into 50 push-ups. The good thing about this particular exercise is that you can split these up however you like. For example, you can do 10 repetitions five times or 25 repetitions two times.

Jumps is the next exercise from the Bodyweight 500 challenge you’ll do. This time you are going to do 25 repetitions. Be sure in this exercise that you brace your body for the landing so as to reduce the impact on your body. So, once you come down into the regular squat position, you’ll jump right back up in the air, arms extended.

After the jumps, you are going to move into 25 leg curl repetitions. This is a surprisingly tough exercise, especially after the jumps and squats. To begin, lie on the floor, with your feet up on the stability ball, bridge your hips up in the air, and contract your hamstrings to bring the ball into your body and then back out.

In to the next exercise, you’ll perform 50 stability ball jackknives. So place your elbows on a bench, feet on the stability ball, keeping your body in a straight line, bring your knees to your chest and then back out.

Once you’ve completed the jackknives, you’ll do 50 step-ups. Do 25 for one leg, making sure to keep your foot up on the bench at all times, and then switch over to the other leg. Also, be sure to not stand too close to the bench as this focuses more attention on the quadriceps, rather than the glutes.

So now that you’ve finished the step-ups, you’re half way to completing the Bodyweight 500 Challenge in terms of repetitions. Now, you are going to do 25 pull-ups. This is where things are going to slow down for a lot of people. If you cannot do pull-ups, then you can do the bodyweight inverted rows instead.

Next, you’ll move on to 50 lunges, alternating sides with each lunge counting as a repetition. Be sure in this exercise to keep your back straight. After the lunges, you will perform 50 close-grip push-ups where your triceps will definitely be feeling the burn after you’ve finished all of the repetitions.

To finish off the Bodyweight 500 you have a very difficult 3 exercise combination. To start out, you will do 50 bodyweight inverted rows. More than likely, you will need to break up the 50 repetitions. For this exercise, use an overhand grip and bring your chest up to the bar and keep your shoulder blades back.

Next you’re going to move into 50 bodyweight squats, keeping your hands out in front of you for balance.

At this point, your arms are going to be tired and your body fatigued, but the ultimate Bodyweight 500 Challenge ends with 25 underhand grip chin-ups. Again you can break these 25 up into however many chunks of repetitions that you need to.

So that’s it for the Bodyweight 500. When I first did this Challenge I managed it in 27 minutes. Be sure to make the time limits of the previous workout before moving on to the next challenge. Good luck and have fun!

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Bodyweight 350 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 01-01-2012-05-2008

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Firstly, I want wish you and your family a Happy New Year…

How have you been getting on with the bodyweight challenge workouts? 

If you’ve been doing well great another great video workout to challenge you even more…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 350 challenge.

You’ll do 12 more bodyweight exercises back-to-back with as little rest as possible until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)
Nigel

This is the Bodyweight 350 Challenge which means you’ll do 350 repetitions in back-to-back-to-back fashion with as little rest as possible.

To start out you’ll begin with Prisoner Squats for 45 reps. So, place your hands behind your head and keep your elbows back. Next, push your hips back and squat down and then back up.

Next is 40 Push-ups. Break these up into blocks if you need to, but make sure you get through them all before going on to the next exercise.

Immediately following the push-ups will be 20 Jumps. Be sure to jump right back up as soon as you land.

From there you’ll go into 20 stability ball Leg Curls. So, with your heels on the ball and your hips bridged up in the air, curl the ball in and then back out. Be sure to keep your body in a straight line and your hips bridged up at all times.

After the leg curls, go immediately into 20 stability ball Jackknives. Place your elbows on a bench and your feet on a ball. Next, brace your abs and bring your knees into your chest and then back out. Make sure your body is in a straight line at all times.

Once you’ve completed all the jackknives, you’ll then do 40 Step-ups (20 per side). So, with one foot up on the bench, use your lead leg to drive up and then slowly lower back down. Be sure to keep your lead foot up on the bench at all times. Do all reps for one side and then switch sides.

Okay, you’ve now completed 185 reps and you’re more than half way there. Next up is 10 Pull-ups. With an overhand grip and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, start from a dead hang position and pull your chest up to the bar and then slowly lower back down. (If you can’t do pull-ups, then you can do bodyweight rows instead)

Next up is 40 Lunges, 20 per side, alternating sides followed by 40 Close-Grip Push-ups.

After your push-ups, you’ll do 20 bodyweight Rows using an overhand grip that is slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Next, row your chest up to the bar, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top position.

Once you’ve finished the rows go right into 40 bodyweight squats and then finish off with 15 Chin-ups. For the chin-ups, grab the bar with an underhand grip and from a dead hang position, pull your chest up to the bar and slowly lower down.

If you can finish this workout in 30 minutes then you’re ready to move on to the Bodyweight 500.

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Bodyweight 250 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 27-12-2011-05-2008

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I hope you and your family had a great Christmas…

Now, I have a question to ask you.

Are you ready to make 2012 your best year ever? 

Here’s another great video workout…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 250 challenge.

You’ll do 12 different bodyweight exercises back-to-back with as little rest as possible until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)
Nigel

This is the Bodyweight 250 Challenge, meaning you will do 250 repetitions of varying bodyweight exercises done back-to-back-to-back with as little rest as possible.

You may, however, need to break up an exercise into blocks in order to get through it. Just be sure to finish all the reps before moving on to the next exercise.

To start out this bodyweight workout, you’ll begin with either 30 Rope Jumps or 30 Jumping Jacks. For the jumping jacks, stay on the balls of your feet to really get the explosive lift and keep your hands straight up over your head.

After that you will move into 20 Close-Grip Push-ups. In this exercise, keep your elbows tucked into your sides.

Immediately following the push-ups will be 10 Jumps. Be sure to jump right back up as soon as you land.

After the jumps you will complete 10 Pull-ups. So, with an overhand grip and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, start from a dead hang position and pull your chest up to the bar and then slowly lower back down.

The next exercise in the Bodyweight 250 is 40 bodyweight Squats. Place your arms straight out in front, push your hips back and squat down and up.

From the squats, go right into 25 regular Push-ups.

Next up in this bodyweight workout is 20 Walking Lunges (10 per side).

You’ll follow the lunges with an upper body exercise known as Inverted Rows. In this exercise you’ll do 15 underhanded rows. So, place the bar at hip height, grab an underhand grip that is shoulder-width apart and then row your chest up to the bar, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top position.

You’ll follow the rows with 30 Bicycle Crunches (15 per side). So flat on the floor, and your hands behind your head, bring your knee up to your opposite elbow, alternating sides.

Then go right into 25 more bodyweight squats, and finishing off with either 25 rope jumps or 25 jumping jacks to round out the workout.

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Bodyweight 200 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 23-12-2011-05-2008

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Hey, as we approach the holidays I would like wish you a Merry Christmas and give you another great video workout…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne shows you how to lose fat and gain muscle in the bodyweight 200 challenge.

You will be doing 12 different bodyweight exercises, going straight from one to the next one until you have finished the workout.

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Have fun! :)
Nigel

If you passed the time requirement for the Bodyweight 100, then you’re ready to take on the Bodyweight 200.

To start out, you’ll do Prisoner Squats for 45 reps. So, place your hands behind your head and keep your elbows back. Next, push your hips back and squat down and then back up.

Move immediately into 30 Push-ups. Break these up into blocks if you need to, but make sure you get through them all before going on to the next exercise.

From there you will do 10 Jumps. Be sure to jump right back up as soon as you land.

After finishing all your jumps go into 10 stability ball Leg Curls. So, with your heels on the ball and your hips bridged up in the air, curl the ball in and then back out. Be sure to keep your body in a straight line and your hips bridged up at all times.

Once you’ve finished the leg curls, go immediately into 10 stability ball Jackknives. Place your elbows on a bench and your feet on a ball. Next, brace your abs and bring your knees into your chest and then back out. Make sure your body is in a straight line at all times.

Next up in this Bodyweight challenge is 20 Step-ups (10 per side). So, with one foot up on the bench, use your lead leg to drive up and then slowly lower back down. Be sure to keep your lead foot up on the bench at all times. Do all reps for one side and then switch sides.

Okay, back to the upper body, this time with 5 Pull-ups. With an overhand grip and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, start from a dead hang position and pull your chest up to the bar and then slowly lower back down. If you need to do these one at a time in order to get through them all, that is finejust make sure you do all of them. (If you can’t do pull-ups, then you can do bodyweight rows instead)

Next up is 30 Forward Lunges, 15 per side, alternating sides, followed by 20 Close-Grip Push-ups.

After your push-ups, you’ll do 15 bodyweight Rows using an overhand grip that is slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Next, row your chest up to the bar, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top position.

Once you’ve finished the rows go right into 15 bodyweight squats and then finish off with 5 Chin-ups. For the chin-ups, grab the bar with an underhand grip and from a dead hang position, pull your chest up to the bar and slowly lower down.

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Bodyweight 100 Challenge

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Abs, Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Videos | Posted on 17-12-2011-05-2008

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I have another great video workout for you…

In this video Fitness Expert Craig Ballantyne will outline the bodyweight 100 challenge

Here’s the video you need to watch…

Enjoy :)
Nigel

There are four weekend challenges as part of the Bodyweight 500 workout program. Each week you will do a Bodyweight challenge and if you finish under the allotted time, then you graduate into the next week’s challenge.

This video will outline the Bodyweight 100 challenge.

To start, you will perform 20 prisoner squats, maintaining good form by keeping your elbows back and shoulders blades together.

Immediately following the squats, go directly into 20 push ups. If you cannot do 20 repetitions straight, then you can break it up however you desire, or do as many as you can and take a rest.

Next, you will do 10 jumps.

After the jumps, you will complete 10 repetitions of the inverted row, using an overhand grip.

Then immediately go into 20 lunges, alternating sides.

Once you’ve done all the repetitions for the lunges, move on to 15 closed- grip push-ups. For this exercise you want to place your hands shoulder- width apart and your elbows tucked into your sides. Again, if you can’t do 15 in a row, then you might do 5, then 5, then 5.

To finish off you will do either 5 chin-ups or 5 more inverted rows for a total of 100 repetitions.

Now if you don’t make the cut-off time for the Bodyweight 100, then you will repeat this challenge the following week. However, if you do manage to beat the time, then the next week you will move up to the Bodyweight 200.

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