My turn for Workout Wednesday!
During strength training, our muscles can produce force in three different ways. In the lifting phase of an exercise, the muscle is shortened, which is called the concentric action. When lowering the load and lengthening the muscle, this action is referred to as the eccentric action. If you have strength trained before, you are most likely familiar with these two dynamic actions.
Normally, many of us do not tend to focus on the static contraction.
This third action which causes our muscles to produce force are called isometric contractions. In an isometric contraction, no length in the muscle is created. Incorporating isometric exercises into your training can lead to gains muscle strength, flexibility and improved balance.
Today’s workout pairs all 3 contractions in a modified Tabata-style workout and we add in a little cardio as well.
Remember to warm up at least 5-10 minutes before starting. You will need light dumbbells and a mat.
Each exercise will be completed twice for 20 seconds on/10 seconds rest Static/Dynamic/Static/Dynamic before moving to the next set.
Workout will take approximately 25 minutes.
- Static Squat/Squat (i.e. Static Squat/Squats/Static Squat/Squats)
- Low Push Up Hold/Push Up (i.e. Push Up Hold/Push Up/Push Up Hold/Push Ups and so on; pushups can be modified on knees)
- Static Lunge/Alternating Lunges
CARDIO: Jumping Jacks (20 on/10 off X 4), then 45-60 Seconds of REST
- V-Sit/Chest Fly/V-Sit + Chest Fly (on floor; this one has 3 parts)
- Wall Sit/Squat Jumps
- Tricep Dip Hold/Tricep Dips
CARDIO: Skater Jumps (20 on/10 off X 4), then 45-60 Seconds of REST
- Superman Hold/Superman Raises
- Side Plank Hold/Side Plank Hip Dips (Do Left, then Right; can be in modified position)
- Downward Dog Hold/Downward Dog Press
CARDIO: Jack + Alternating Kick (20 on/10 off X 4), then 45-60 Seconds of REST
Remember, the first exercise is a static hold, second is dynamic/moving (ie squat hold; up & down squats).
All of these strength and cardio exercises can be found online if you aren’t sure what to do. If you have questions, please feel free to ask!