It happens to the best of us. We train and eat clean for a month, two months, a year, sometimes more, and then we just throw it all away. I’m guilty of repeating this system several times over. I like to consider myself a bit of a pro on the topic, actually. Getting motivated can be difficult, especially when you’ve gone an extended period of time without some real exercise. Enter core fitness. Bounce back into training with this simple core workout routine. This is exactly what I do when I need to recharge my engine.
Each set of exercises should be performed as a superset; that is to say, one after the other with no break in between. Once you complete (1) set of each exercise consecutively, you’ll have completed (1) superset. Here’s the core workout routine in all of its glory:
- Pushups: repeat reps until failure (use your knees if you have to)
- Crunches: repeat reps until failure (start with situps (feet planted) if you need to)
- Wide-grip pull-ups: repeat reps until failure (you can use a lat pulldown machine with the appropriate weight added until you can perform a few wide-grip bodyweight pull-ups)
1. Repeat each superset for a total of (3) sets
2. Perform each rep slowly and steadily
3. Focus on your form and core muscles
Prior to starting the first exercise make sure you do a bit of stretching to warm up your muscles. Chances are you’re going to be super tense from not having been active lately. Also, once you’ve completed the routine, do a quick (5-10) minute cardio session to get your heart rate up, if you have the time. And be sure to drink plenty of water, hydration is crucial.
I know this looks ridiculously simple and that’s because it is. Some of you may find it overly easy, others a challenge, but no matter what it’s a great way to get back into action. This is literally the easiest method I’ve found to reignite my fitness regimens and regain traction with my training. When restarting my workouts, I’ll usually do the routine above every day for a week or two before adding some additional exercises. It’s a great way to get your body ready to handle increased weight and higher repetitions.
Personally, I’m out of shape. My workouts fell off over a year ago and I’ve been itching to get back at it. My current routine is the one I just described, I started it today for the ten-millionth time. Please stay tuned as I get myself motivated and ramp my training back up in the coming weeks. There are more insightful ‘MyHealth’ posts in the works and on the way, I may even get healthy and fit in the process!
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