When you take on any new activity, getting up to speed with knowledge, terms used and shortcuts involved, takes some time. Within this article we’re aiming to get you up to speed with some of the terminology used when you start your new fitness regime (which, incidentally, people refer to as “training” or “working out”) and to achieve your goals.
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If Short Motivation was a gambling website, we’d be inclined to put a bet that your New Year’s resolution was to lose a few pounds and get in shape, but ultimately failed. It’s now mid-May, when, hopefully, you’ve managed to smash your goals and are one step closer to the Summer body you’ve envisaged for yourself. No?
Your intermediate ab circuit is here. Intensity will increase, building from our original Beginners Gym-Free Abs article and there are some new exercises added. As before, you can perform these core exercises at your local park, back garden and away from the gym.
This article is one of three to be posted with workout ideas to really target your core, build ab definition and burn fat at the same time. The idea behind the three articles is that they require little to no equipment and space therefore being able to be completed anytime anywhere.
A plyometric box is a great way to make a whole host of exercises more strenuous and higher intensity. You can advance a plyometric box workout by incorporating a weight, such as a kettlebell. This can make exercise harder and useful for engaging your core, as your body has to stabilise the extra weight.
The kettlebell is a hugely universal piece of fitness equipment, where the mobility and diversity makes it perfect for almost anyone. It is particularly useful to take outdoors or on holiday, as there is no need for any other equipment and the rugged nature of a good kettlebell means it doesn’t matter if you throw it around or get it dirty!
Using a plyometric (plyo) box to change up a workout program is really effective. Plyometrics are really useful to break through plateaus and keep the participant progressing. The only caution with plyometrics is that it is a high impact/ high weight-bearing group of exercises, therefore people with joint issues or overcoming injuries should avoid until strength and proprioception is regained.