By Trainer Genevieve of Storm Fitness
The days of logging long hours on the treadmill are over and you do not have to pump iron to get strong. We now know there are many avenues you can take to get into shape. Even if you love to run and strength train, there are so many benefits to mixing up your fitness regimen. Not only will you prevent injury, but also you will most likely enjoy the change in pace.
Many of the workouts I create for clients are done in a circuit fashion. We perform one exercise consecutively after another with minimal rest to create a cardiovascular workout as we work on strength, balance, flexibility and tone the body. These circuits are usually a fusion of exercise styles. Many of the workouts I create for clients are done in a circuit fashion. We perform one exercise consecutively after another with minimal rest to create a cardiovascular workout as we work on strength, balance, flexibility and tone the body.
These circuits are usually a fusion of exercise styles. We use bodyweight to engage the core, plyometric moves to increase the heart rate and find your edge, I will challenge your balance and core with a Bosu ball and we will increase your strength with kettle bells, medicine balls and dumbbells. There is no realm of exercise I take off the table. One day you will be warming up with some kickboxing and other days we will take a jog outside. Variety and novelty keep your workouts exciting, but they will also make you a well-rounded athlete. By focusing on all aspects of physical fitness rather than just cardio and or strength we are preventing injury.
For example, when we work on balance we are working on proprioception. This is your body’s ability to react to changes in its environment. So when you are running from a sidewalk onto grass, your body makes the proper adjustments to avoid rolling an ankle or tripping. This type of reaction can save you from not only exercise related injuries, but also in your everyday life. If you have good balance, core strength, flexibility and proprioception you will probably save yourself on that patch of ice on your driveway this winter. If you do take a tumble maybe you will have the core and upper body strength to catch your fall in a plank position. Or maybe your flexibility will prevent you from tearing a ligament.
So step outside your mundane routine and challenge your body with some fusion workouts. Check out some balancing core and plyometric moves I have created with the Bosu Ball.
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