Hello May! Yes, Spring is officially here! As you may know, I enjoy working out and pushing myself in the gym. I love trying new workouts and experiencing myself getting stronger as the weeks go by, however I understand not everyone wants to or has the time to work each specific muscle group week after week. This is where compound exercises shine.
A compound exercise is one that involves more than one muscle group, a great example is the squat. When you squat, you engage your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, lower back and your core. I especially like weighted squats because once you have the form down, you can keep increasing intensity by adding more weight as you progress.
For the Spring / Summer season, I’m going to focus on compound exercises versus isolation exercises. I think because it’s so nice out I want to spend minimal time in the gym but get the most bang for it, this way I’ll work different muscles at the same time and get a full body workout quicker.
Here’s a sample of what I’m going to be doing for the next six to eight weeks.
Monday: Squats, Deadlifts, Military presses
Tuesday: Cardio Day
Wednesday: Pull ups, Rows, Hip thrusts, Clam Shells
Thursday: Rest Day / Yoga
Friday: Cardio Day
Saturday: Squats, Deadlifts, Push ups, Kickbacks
Sunday: Rest / Yoga
*with stretching at the end of each workout.
**Cardio Days for me can mean different things, from hikes in the mountains, to riding my bike, to running stairs or jogs or the stair master at the gym or nice long walks with my husband and dog.
If you’re looking for videos on proper form of any of the exercises, check out bodybuilding.com, it’s a terrific resource. I’ve learned quite a bit from that site and it’s one of my faves.
So what are your workout plans this Spring and Summer? Are you a gym rat or will you be taking it mostly outside?