Quick total body workouts?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Quick total body workouts?
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 9:50am

Does anyone have any ideas for short total body workouts? I've been really pinched for time lately and wondered what everyone else does when they go through a spell of not having enough time to spend your usual amount at the gym. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 11:28am

How much time do you have and what equipment do you have available?  






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 7:18am

If you can get yourself 10 lb weights...

Warm up--jog, jumping jacks, etc. easy

plank rows--

 

If you don't have weights (this one is really challenging), come to plank position. Slide your hands forward like doing an ab roller until you reach the ground. Do a push up to get up and then repeat.  More challenging, put your hands on paper plates or magazine.  This hits the back but is tough on the shouder.  An easier variation, one hand on the ground, one on the plate. The one of the plate moves forward, the one on the hand stays.  Make sure to put your weight on the moving hand on the plate.   

2) Star jack push ups: plank position, arms wide, feet narrow. Do a push up and then jump and switch arms narrow, feet wide (even better, make it one explosive move), repeat.

3) tricep dip with kick: do a tricep dip but at the end, lift one leg up and kick hard

Do 10 of each. Do all three.  Repeat as many times as you have time for--three times would be great, five better, ten you're a rock star!  Finish bicycle/superman.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 7:36am

Don't laugh at me, but I used to multitask when I was out, doing my  normal day activities.  For example, I would do squats and pulses for quads and inner thighs.  Whenever I was doing a "no brainer task", I would add a multitasked something.  :smileysurprised:

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 7:51am

As multi tasking goes, I still think doing spiderman walks around the house, including up the stairs is the best head to toe workout.  Well, if you're not doing what I'm doing which is practicing parkour on my furniture (ha, I told her kids, excitedly yesterday, "Look!  I can kong vault over the ottomon into the couch!").

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMBCbJl7LDs

 






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 8:23am

I have been trying to get 30 minutes in and I have 3, 5, 10, and 15 pound weights and a stability ball available at home. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 8:32am

Okay, since you have a stability ball, do this instead of the bicycle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj6Ztf2c6c8

Instead of the superman, do this for lower back:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRs9e-3_-5I

If you have added time, do walking lunges w/ shoulder press w/ the 15 lb weight.  Do 10-12. Stop, do jump switch lunges.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DC7Qi-HFMs

Rest, repeat.






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 3:16pm
If you have an Android based smartphone or tablet, there's a number of apps you can get. The only I often use is called "Daily Cardio Workout." There's a free version but you get more with the paid version. The full version is two 10 minute cardio workouts so I generally do two of each for a 40 minute workout.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 4:14pm

Oh, that reminds me of the Bodyrock.tv site.  They're under 20 minutes. And, there's Zuzanah light who used to be the body of bodyrock but split out on her own. It seems to be a soap opera I'm not ready to follow.






iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2002
Sat, 09-22-2012 - 8:23pm
I like crossfit workouts and if I don't have equipment around, I just google body weight crossfit workouts and I choose one. Should only take 15-20 min usually. For example, something like pushup, sit up, burpees and bodyweight squats. 20 of each, 3 rounds or something, I just try to make it fast. (Please note, this workout is one I made up and not good programming from a coach.)