100-Rep Workout for the 100th Post!

Today marks a pretty big milestone for the blog!  This is blog post number 100!  Woo!  To celebrate the milestone, I created a special workout for you all today.  It's a full body workout using only your bodyweight (and therefore easily done wherever you are today).  You'll work your way up from 1 to 10 reps and back down again.  By the end of the workout, you'll have done 100 reps of each exercise for the 100th post!  Ready??  Let's go have some fun this Monday!  :)

100-rep Bodyweight Pyramid Workout

100-rep Bodyweight Pyramid Workout

Start with 1 rep of every exercise, then 2... 3... 4... up to 10.  Then work your way back down: 9... 8... 7... down to 1 rep again.  Before you know it, you'll have done 100 reps of each move!  Let's go!

Low-to-Mid Squats - crouch down so your knees are completely bent, butt touching your heels and your feet flat on the floor.  From here raise yourself up so your quads are parallel to the floor.  Hold yourself there for 5 seconds, then lower back down to start.

Sumo Squat to Side Kick - start standing in a wide stance, toes pointed outward.  Squat down as low as you can, then press up onto your left leg and kick your right leg out to the side, driving with your heel.  Immediately squat back down and do a side kick with your left leg.  Do the desired number of reps on each leg, alternating sides as you go.

Regular Push Ups - no explanation needed. :)  Just remember keep your spine in a straight line by engaging your abs and keeping your head neutral.  If you need to, drop to your knees, but remember to lower your entire body to the floor, not just your chest.

Wide-Arm Push Ups - do the same as above, but widen your arms past shoulder width.

Side Plank Hip Dips - start out in a side plank, either on your elbow (easier) or up on your hand (harder).  From this position, dip your hips down, keeping your feet stacked and shoulder over your wrist/elbow.  Now raise your hips up to slightly higher than starting position. Continue the dips for the desired number of reps on one side before switching to the other.

Oblique Crunches - lie on one side, keeping your bottom arm extended out on the floor and top arm bent with your hand behind your head.  From there, crunch up to the side so your elbow meets your knees.  Continue the crunches for the desired number of reps on one side, then switch to the other.  Trainer Tip: if you want to make it easier, only crunch up using your top leg instead of both.  Harder = keep legs straight and "V" up.

Plank Jacks - from a high plank on your hands, jump your feet out and in quickly, keeping your abdominals engaged and shoulders over your wrists.  Trainer Tip: if your wrists are giving you trouble, drop down to your elbows.

Feet-to-Hand Jumps - start in a high plank and jump your feet as close to your hands as you can get them, keeping your hands planted on the ground the whole time.  Jump back into a plank position to complete 1 rep.  Keep going for the desired number of reps. Trainer Tip: if the jump is too much, simply step your feet up and back.

Keep going through all 8 exercises until you've completed the whole pyramid (and 100 reps)! 

Readers: chat with me!  Do you like pyramid workouts?  For bloggers, did you celebrate your 100th blog post?  How was your weekend?  Do anything active? 

Quads & Glutes Chair Pyramid Workout

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Let's get right to the fitness today.  I taught a lower body strength training class last night, which went by so fast!  We were all lunging, squatting, and jumping enough to make class go by like THAT.  I had a whole group/partner exercise portion planned, but when I looked up at the clock, we had 10 minutes left!  Love classes like that.  :)  Anyway, I thought I'd adapt a few of the exercises we did last night to something you can do at home, or anywhere there's a sturdy chair, bench, box, or low wall to step onto.  Ready to have some fun?!  Keep reading...

Quads & Glutes Chair Pyramid Workout

Quads & Glutes Chair Pyramid Workout

Equipment Needed: a sturdy chair, water bottle and towel if desired
For this workout, go through 10 reps of each exercise first, then down to 9, then 8... etc. until you reach 1 rep.   Let's get started!

Single Leg Lunges - facing away from the chair, prop one foot up on it and keep the other leg planted on the floor.  Lunge down as low as you can, bending both knees, keeping your chest up.  Do all reps on one leg, then switch.

Chair Step Ups w/ Lunge Back - here's where the sturdy chair is important.  Start by stepping up onto the chair with your right leg and bring your left knee to waist level.  Step back down on your left foot and bring your right leg down, stepping back into a lunge.  Then immediately step back up onto the chair.  Repeat all reps all on one leg, then switch.

Adductor Raises in Side Plank - start in a side plank on your elbow, with your top foot on the chair, bottom foot touching the ground so your legs are split.  Maintaining the side plank position, raise the bottom leg to tap the underside of the chair, then back down to the floor.  Trainer Tip: keep your hips from dipping here.  Your body should be in one straight line from head to top foot.  The only part that moves is your bottom leg.

Squat Jumps w/ Butt Tap - just like it sounds.  Face away from the chair, and slowly squat down until you feel your butt tap the chair seat.  Once you feel that, explode up into a vertical jump.  Then come immediately back down to tap the chair again.  Keep the upward jumps fast and the downward squats slow.

Donkey Kicks + Pulse + Hold - face the chair and use the seat to prop yourself up/maintain your balance.  Start with donkey kicks on one leg, bending the knee and kicking your heel upward toward the ceiling.  Once your done with the kicks, immediately do that same number of pulses (same leg position).  Then hold your leg up for that number of seconds (e.g. 10 donkey kicks, 10 pulses, 10 second hold).  Repeat on other side.

Squat + Side Kicks - get behind the chair using the back for balance.  Squat down as low as you can, then come up and do a side kick, keeping your toes pointed forward and driving your heel away from you.  Squat back down again and do another kick on the opposite side.  That 2-kick set counts as 1 rep.  Keep going for the desired # of reps.

Don't forget to keep moving down the pyramid - 10, 9, 8... down to 1 rep each.

Readers: chat with me!  Do you use household equipment like a chair for your workouts?  What are your favorite lower body exercises to do?  What ones don't you like so much?  I'd love to hear!

Upper Body Pyramid Workout

Let's kickstart your Monday with a pyramid workout to change up your routine!  Targeted at your upper body, this workout is designed to be easy to follow, and will only take about 15-20 minutes depending on your pace.  Ready to get started??  Check out the details below...

Upper Body Pyramid Workout



Start with 10 reps of each exercise.  Move down to 9, then 8, then 7... etc. until you get to 1 each.

Wide-Arm Push Ups - just like the name implies, keep those arms out wide (wider than shoulder width).  Perform regular push ups from this position.  Trainer Tip: remember you can drop to your knees whenever you need to here.

Up-Down Planks - start in a plank on your elbows, and one arm at a time, raise yourself up to a high plank position (on your hands).  Reverse that to bring yourself back down to a low plank.  That's 1 rep.  Trainer Tip: you can also do these from your knees.

Tricep Push Ups - lie down on one side, legs out straight, bottom arm crossed over your chest.  Place the hand of the top arm on the ground near your shoulder.  Use that arm to push yourself up so your upper body is off the floor.  Lower yourself back down slowly.  Repeat that motion for the specified # of reps on one side, then switch.

Mountain Climbers - from a high plank position, alternate "running" (bringing your knees into your chest, moving your feet quickly).  For a fun variation, try cross-body mountain climbers, bringing your knees to the opposite side instead of straight into your chest (e.g. left knee to right side).

Inch Worms - find some floor space where you can move forward and backward.  Start in a high plank, and walk your feet up to your hands, keeping your hands on the ground.  Now walk your hands back out until you reach a plank position.  Keep alternating that "inch worm" pattern.

Side Plank Toe Touches - these ones are tough, so modify as you need to.  Start in a high side plank (modification = side plank on your elbow and/or bottom leg tucked under).  Bring your top arm and top leg in front of you so your hand touches your toes.  Repeat that motion for your rep count, and then switch sides.

Hope you have fun with this and that you feel it in your shoulders and chest by the end!  Let me know how it goes!  Remember, you can find me on social media using the links to the side (or at the bottom if on a mobile device or viewing in email subscription).  Get your friends and family involved, too!  Here's to the start of a happy and healthy week ahead!