Is your belly flab bothering you? Are you looking for new exercise routines? Or do you just need a fresh perspective on your usual training sets?
A good workout should not neglect any muscle group of the body. The best way to ensure you are exercising every muscle is to incorporate some full-body exercises into your routine.
What are Full-Body Exercises?
Simply put, these are workouts that work on different muscle groups simultaneously. So instead of focusing on just your core or hamstrings why not pick an exercise that is likely to strengthen both?
A Quick Look at Some Full-Body Exercises
Whether you are just beginning out or already a fitness freak, here is a list that will surely have something to suit your needs:
To do this begin by standing up straight. Bend to press the ground with your palms while simultaneously kicking back to achieve a push-up stance. Then, putting your weight on your hands, draw your legs back inwards. When your knees reach your chest, jump back into a standing position stretching your arms high over your head.
To do this follow the directions for a regular Burpee. Add in a push-up before jumping back into a standing position.
A more advanced modification, to do this Burpee, raise yourself onto a pull-up bar instead of jumping back to the standing position. Then returning to the standing position on the floor to repeat the exercise.
MEDICINE BALL SLAM
For this, start in a squatting position and place a medicine ball between your feet. Go as low as you can to pick the ball. Raise yourself onto your toes without breaking the squat. Next, raise the ball as high as you can over your head. Slam it back down to the ground.
This is a variation of the Medicine Ball Slam done facing a wall. Instead of throwing the ball to the floor, throw it at the wall and catch it as it bounces back.
MEDICINE BALL OVER THE SHOULDER
An advanced variation of the Ball Slam, for this you need to roll the ball over your shoulder as you raise from the squat and then turn to pick it up. Squat down and repeat by rolling the ball over the other shoulder.
DUMBBELL ROMANIAN DEADLIFT
Hold your dumbbells on either side of your body while you stand erect. Ensure your fists are inward-facing. Arch your back by pulling back your shoulders. Hold your weight in your center and push your hips back. Keeping your upper body straight bend your knees to go as low as you can. Stop when you feel your back strain and return to a standing position.
LUNGE TO PRESS
For this, hold your dumbbells at shoulder-level while in a standing position. Next, put one foot forward and bend your knees until they are both at right angles without touching the floor. Raise the dumbbells over your head and bring them back to shoulder-level slowly. Return to a standing position and repeat with the other foot forward.
Start in a standing position holding your dumbbells on either side. Arch your back and walk without letting your arms swing.
Start in a push-up position. Now bring one arm forward. Crawl by bringing the opposite knee close to the elbow of the static arm. Repeat with the other arm-knee combination. Take care not to push your hips up while moving.
DUMBBELL HANG CLEAN AND PRESS
Lay down flat holding your dumbbells on either side. Raise to a standing position and then go up on your toes. Now, lift your arms first to your shoulder-level and then above your head. Bring them back down and flatten your feet.
For this, you raise “dead” weights off the ground using a barbell. Avoid doing this without a trainer around.
Load your barbell with weights and then do a combination of squats and overhead press.
This is an advanced combination of the pushup, dumbbell lifts, deadlifts, thrusters, and squats that has several variations.
A Word of Caution:
Never indulge in strenuous activities without consulting your physician and trainer.
Remember you are likely to experience an increase in your heart rate and some amount of muscle soreness when you start out. However, as you get regular in your routine, you will notice your muscles tone up. You will also gain speed, coordination, stamina, and mental happiness.
Have fun with your workout!