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Workout 2

Workout Circuit 2: click on exercise title for video demo

Perform these exercises back to back with little or no rest. Do the circuit 1 – 5 times depending on your fitness level and time available for your workout. Do each exercise 20-25 repetitions, or 90 seconds each.

Wall Sit

Increases strength of thighs and rear.

wall squat

  • Press your back against the wall with your toes pointed forward, hip width apart and a couple feet away from the wall.
  • Tighten your rear, thighs, abs, and pelvic floor.
  • Squat by bending at the knees as you lower the hips down toward the floor. Keep your back and shoulders pressed into the wall.
  • Your weight should be pressed into your heels, and knees don’t go in front of your toes.
  • Hold the squat until you need a break. Be careful getting up!

Plank with Chair

 Strengthens core and shoulders.

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  • Lean on chair resting on forearms with shoulders in line with elbows.
  • Draw your abs in tight as if you were bracing your belly.
  • While maintaining the ab contraction, tighten your rear, and hold your body straight. Never sag your hips past a straight body position.
  • If you feel comfortable in the starting position, bring one knee toward the elbow to work the obliques and increase intensity.
  • Raise hips or take a break if you can no longer hold perfect form. Your form is more important than how long you hold.
  • Keep abs tight the whole time, and don’t forget to breathe!!


Single Leg Deadlift 

 Tones legs, glutes, and core. Improves balance.

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  • For added challenge and balance work begin this exercise with your knee raised up to hip level. If that is difficult then begin with both feet on the floor.
  • Tighten abs, thighs, and core as you bend forward at the hips. Hands can be on your waist or reaching straight toward the floor.
  • Your back stays straight as you extend the leg straight out.
  • Supporting leg remains straight with only a slight bend at the knee during entire movement.
  • Press bodyweight through the heel on the floor, and return to starting position.
  • Do not use lower back for this exercise. Focus on the rear and back of your thighs as you raise and lower your body.
  • Only go as far as feels comfortable while maintaining good form.


Scapula Retraction Push Up

Strengthens back, chest, shoulders, and abs. Improves posture.

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  • Start in the modified push up position on your knees.
  • Keep your arms straight with a slight bend in the elbows.
  • Slowly lower your body slightly without bending your arms and allow your scapula to retract (shoulder blades move toward your spine).
  • Push your body back up several inches as you let your shoulders move away from your spine.
  • Your back should arch as in “cat pose” as you press up, exhale and tighten your abs.

Squat to Chair

Tones inner thighs. Increases strength of legs, rear, and core.

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  • Stand tall in front of a chair with feet shoulder width apart.
  • Toes point straight forward, or just slightly out.
  • Tighten your rear, hamstrings, abs, and pelvic floor.
  • Squat by bending at the knees as you lower the hips down and back as far as you can towards the chair.
  • Stretch your arms out and tip your body forward slightly for balance.
  • Weight is on the heels. Bend at your waist so the back stays straight.

Tricep Push Up on Chair 

Tones arms. Strengthens triceps, chest, shoulders, and core.

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  • Start in the modified push up position with your back straight, abs tight, and hands gripping a chair.
  • Slowly lower your chest toward the chair allowing your elbows to bend at your side. They should remain close to your ribs.
  • This is very tough! Only go as far down as feels comfortable and then push your body back up.

Cardio break: Do 1 – 3 minutes of cardio before repeating circuit. You can do jumping jacks, jog in place, high knees (exaggerated jog in place), mountain climbers, burpees/squat thrusts, sprint, jump rope, walk/run stairs or whatever you want to get your heart rate elevated.

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