By: Morgan Paris, Certified Personal Trainer, Guest Blogger
The beginning of summer is my favorite time to do outside workouts. The sun is shining, the temperatures are nice and there are lots of other people playing outside, too. But as the summer progresses and the heat index rises, I am better off working out inside. The thought of sweating immediately as I walk outside, burning my butt on the hot car seat, and driving to the gym, sounds like torture.
If you can relate, keep reading.
The heat of the summer doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your workout. Completing an at-home workout using body weight circuits is one of the most effective and efficient ways to exercise. This style of training incorporates strength, endurance and cardio all at the same time. You can even burn more calories in the same amount of time as traditional cardio programs (i.e. running, biking, or elliptical machine). So what exactly is a body weight circuit? Let’s break it down. Body weight exercises use your own body weight as the resistance instead of machines or free weights. A circuit is a group of exercises (in this case, body weight exercises) that are performed one after the other without rest in between. When I train clients, they usually complete the circuit three times with a 60-90 second break after each circuit.
A typical circuit looks like this:
This style of exercise is wonderful because you rarely need extra equipment which means that you can do this at home, in the park while your kids are playing, or even in a hotel while you are traveling.
Completing these circuits takes between 30-45 minutes if you go through them three times. Give this one a try and see what you think. And do your butt a favor this summer by avoiding the hot car seat as much as possible!
Work it out, sista!