Don’t Become One With The Couch This Christmas…
My clients have worked hard all year and undoubtedly, they deserve an auld break every now and then and no better time than Christmas week.
Note I say Christmas week, not Christmas month as I’m very happy to report that this year, unlike other years, most clients have been training hard until now and will continue to do so right up until Friday.
Maybe it says something about my coaching around this time of year (or lack thereof in previous years) or maybe it’s simply knowing that there is a break just around the corner that has meant they are still prioritising their health in the midst of “silly season”.
Either way, maintaining your baseline fitness and strength in the next few weeks will mean you can avoid rolling back into the gym come January, feeling like you have to start from scratch with the rest of the New Year’s resolutioners.
So…here’s a bodyweight workout that any able-bodied, injury-free person with two square meters to spare can get done over the Christmas period (if you are not the above person…proceed at your own risk!). You can get a lot done in a little amount of time with exercises that utilize multiple muscle groups, get your heart rate pumping and hopefully, make a dent in those excess Christmas calories.
It’s basic, yes, but the basics work, so set aside 15 minutes (preferably in the morning, it’s less likely to actually get done as the day goes on), focus on your form, tempo, breathing and muscle recruitment and I defy you to not break a sweat!
AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of 15 minutes
Set your timer for 15 minutes and get moving; 20 squats, straight into 10 press ups, 20 lunges, 10 knee drives…straight back to squats again. Keep note of the amount of rounds you get through. Rest if you need to, keep moving if you don’t.