It’s that time again – Friday Five. Since I don’t think there was a theme I am choosing my own.
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Last week I focused on fitness fashions and this week I am focusing on my favorite 5 exercises. Exercise CAN be fun especially if you are doing what you enjoy so here goes.
Exercise #1: Shoulder press – since I tend to not have a lot of development with my shoulders, I love this exercise because it makes me feel strong! I am up to pressing 30 lbs at once. I typically couple these with a front or backward lunge, walking lunge or squat. That really ups the calorie burn. I LOVE IT!
Exercise #2: Jumping Rope – some call it speed rope, etc. I call it plain old jumping rope. This gets that heart rate UP UP UP! I remember the first time I picked up the jump rope after years of not doing it and my heart rate instantly jumped up to 170 bpm! That is near my max for my age and gender. I enjoy my jump rope. It is an excellent form of cardio.
Exercise #3: Step ups – now I can’t stand lying hamstring curls but I don’t mind step ups. They build the quad and hamstring and when coupled with weights – I feel like superwoman again. Plus my 5 ft 3 frame enjoys standing on top of tall things so I can see over the heads of everyone else.
Exercise #4: Push ups – not a lot of women enjoy this exercise but trust me- once you master it you will definitely feel like a power house. A long time ago I watched a Janet Jackson concert “Velvet Rope” and she looked so svelte and sleek I wanted to look like her. I rolled to the floor and started my push ups on the knees which are typically called modified. As I got better (in 2 weeks) I progressed to standard push ups. You can do these off the wall, off a bench, declined, staggered arms and several other ways. So many options! We are also hosting a 1,000 push up challenge in the month of March. Check the previous posts on this blog for the details!
Exercise #5: LUNGES!!! These get my legs feeling really strong. Considering I run for distance and speed this exercise helps me build those muscles. I know many women who can’t stand lunges of any kind but I honestly don’t mind them.