When I was on my run this morning, I passed by a middle school just as a PE class was out running what I’m sure they call “the lap” – the oddly-shaped perimeter of the school, just inside the fence. The kids at the front of the pack smiled at me running the opposite direction on the sidewalk barely two feet on the other side of the fence, recognizing me as a fellow – though significantly older – runner.
I was disappointed to make my way past the fence line before I saw the girls at the tail end of the run, because those were the faces I really wanted to see. That’s the girl I was a million and a half years ago, when I was in middle school: at the back of the pack, walking and disheartened, sure that I would never, ever be athletic or fit like my peers. I hated running!
Fast forward a few decades and here I am, running for fun, fitter and more athletic than lots of women my age.
A few things, I think. Number one was my “willingness” to try. I put that in quotes because, honestly, I wasn’t willing – I was STUBBORN. And, being stubborn, I wasn’t going to give up until I wrestled running into submission. Running was hard, so how could I make it easier? By not running so much! 😂
As soon as I started modifying running – by breaking it up with long stretches of walking – it became manageable. And as soon as it became manageable, I got better at it. And when I got better at it, I didn’t have to modify as much. And before I knew it, I didn’t hate running, I loved it.
So, let’s bring this whole story around to today’s workout, because I promise it’s related:
If you hate FLOOR WORK, then you’ll LOVE this workout! We’re doing MODIFIED versions of all your least favorite floor exercises, getting a great HIIT calorie burn, and toning our legs, butt, abs and arms WITHOUT getting on the ground! Use a coffee table, couch, chair or your BED for this no repeat TOTAL BODY routine.
Follow along with the full-length exercise video below.
The fact is, you might never love floor work, but by practicing these modified moves, you’ll get better at them. And then? Who knows where you might go…
Can’t see the video? Click here to watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WfA7y6FJ0sc
Sturdy RAISED SURFACE, like a COUCH, COFFEE TABLE, CHAIR or BED
75 – 100
HIIT timer is set for 50 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest; complete all exercises once, NO REPEAT
Plank Pointer Dogs
Side Plank Oblique Crunches
Plank to Pikes
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