Another end to the week and another edition of Fitness Friday here on the blog! First of all, can we just appreciate the the work week is almost done? Truth be told, it’s been a great week of solid workouts with hard working clients and fun classes. Over the past two weeks we’ve been running a “New Year’s Bootcamp” to help kick January off to a good start for members willing to sign up for 5 days/week of workouts for 2 weeks! Talk about intense. It’s a great group of participants and they dove in full blast to the workouts we’ve been giving them each day. Most the trainers each took a day and lucky me, I got the group after they had their mid-week yoga session after Monday and Tuesday’s workouts. That meant they were fresh and ready to go. I loved running a TRX + KB themed session with everyone and so appreciate a group that works hard!
Are you a TRX or KB fan? They’re both unique tools that can create some good hard workouts – if you haven’t tried one or both of those, then ask some questions, do some research and give them a shot!
TRX and KB bootcamp fun aside, I want to shift the focus to workout complexes. What’s a complex, you might ask?
…they’re really not! Complexes are a way to train that involve a number of exercises executed in succession. During this time you need to keep the weight exactly the same so that you can move quickly from one exercise to the next. This lack of break boosts your metabolism sufficiently so that the routine is more comparable with a high intensity interval training cardio session (source). Pretty great, hey?
Because you’re doing so many exercises in a row without a break, the weight you choose will be reduced significantly from the amount you might normally lift, especially as you are reaching the end of the complex series when both your muscular and nervous system are likely to be fatigued. Don’t try to be a hero for these exercises — less really is more when it comes to complexes.
Here are a few examples of some complexes you can do THIS WEEKEND (are you as excited as I am about this?):