It's the time of year when working out moves from outdoor sessions to indoor ones, with people trying their best to beat the dull weather by heading to the gym. Hell, some people don't even have enough time to do that, forcing them to sweat it out in the comfort of their house by trying some of the best home workouts.
But, whatever your preference might be, it's crucial to get the blood flowing and trying to stay in shape as best you can. Let's face it, more than the obvious physical benefits that working out brings are the emotional ones, as it's a release for your mind to focus on something other than spreadsheets and emails.
For that reason, Reebok trainer Kevin O’Connell is here to help with a few exercises that everyone should try out to stay slim, toned and feeling good all fall and winter long.
Facing the box, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and extend your hips, swinging your arms and pushing through your feet to propel yourself onto the box. Stand up at the top. Step down and repeat.
Medicine Ball Cleans
Start by standing directly over the ball in the deadlift setup. Rapidly extend your hips and knees, creating power to shrug yourself under the medicine ball, moving into a front squat and rotating your hands to swivel on the side of the ball. Make sure your elbows and chest are up. Stand up, with the ball remaining in the front position.
Grab a pair of dumbbells. Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold the dumbbells just above your shoulders. Make sure your elbows are up. Lower yourself down into a squat, then push through your feet to stand and extend the dumbbells straight up and overhead. Make sure you keep your elbows close to your ears as your arms are overhead.
Run in place, making sure that your heels are kicking all the way up behind you so that they tap your butt.
Stand straight up with both feet under your hips. Step forward with one foot as the back knee gently taps the ground. Push off the front foot to rise up and return back to standing position. Repeat with your opposite leg in the front this time.
Start by standing up straight. Squat down and fall backwards by rolling into an extended candlestick position. Roll back forwards without using your hands; use your momentum to stand up.
Get down onto the ground in the push up position, kicking the legs back behind the body and moving the hands to an extended pushup position in front. Jump your legs back in toward your hands and jump the whole body upwards to a standing position.
Alternate tapping your toes as you jump up while simultaneously pumping your arms. Move as quickly as possible and keep your knees high.
You can see more workout tips from Kevin O'Connell by checking out his Instagram account, which is full of helpful info on how to stay in shape and get the most out of your mind, body and soul.
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