The following exercises are often included in various high-intensity training regimes, which generally last for no longer than 15 minutes. This means that you don’t have to spend too much time at the gym to keep yourself in absolutely great shape. The trick is all about knowing the right exercises to do.
Thanks to this, we’re convinced that even those with the most hectic lifestyle will now be able to find the time to work out.
Some ground rules
1. Before doing any of these exercises, prepare your body with a five-minute warm up. Do some squats, arm circles, butt kicks, torso and neck rotations, and stretch your knees.
2. Set a timer for 15 minutes. Perform the exercises one after another, and rest only when necessary. Repeat as many times as possible in 15 minutes.
3. Repeat this workout three times per week on non-consecutive days. Try to increase the number of reps you do during each session.
4. After three weeks of successfully following the workout regime, increase the length of your workout to 20 minutes.
Explosive Sumo Squat
Stand with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart, toes turned out. Pull your hips back and push your knees out to lower into a squat. Tighten your glutes. Jump up and softly land. Repeat 12 times.
Start in the push-up position. Your legs, back and neck should make a straight line. Your legs and abs should be tightened. Lower your body by bending your elbows. Push back up and tap your shoulder with the opposite hand. Return to the starting position and repeat the exercise with the other hand. Repeat 12 times.
Start in the plank position. Your legs, back and neck make a straight line. Your legs and abs should be tightened. Move your feet up to your palms in a jumping motion. Then jump up explosively, raising your fingertips to the sky. Return to the crouching position and jump back with your feet to land in the push-up position. Repeat 12 times.
Start in a low plank with your elbows on the ground directly under your shoulders. Pull your left knee up towards your left elbow. Return to the starting position. Repeat with your right knee. Do 12 repetitions.
Lower yourself into a quarter squat, and then explosively jump up and over to your right. Land softly and repeat the same motion to the left. Do 12 repetitions.
Single-Arm Iso Hold
Start in the standard plank position. Your legs, back and neck should form a straight line. Your legs and abs should be tightened. Extend your right arm out parallel to the floor, moving your right leg out to the side at the same time. Return to the starting position and repeat using your left arm and leg. Perform the exercise three times for each side.
Stand with your heels shoulder-width apart, your knees a little bent, and your arms in front of your chest. Jump up and tuck your knees as close to your chest as possible. Land softly. Repeat 12 times.