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Sean Van Staden
How has your lockdown been treating you and have you managed to find time in your busy schedule to do your home training?
The last thing you want is not to be able to fit in your clothes when you resume work, but in order to avoid that, you are faced with the daunting task of trying to determine where to begin.
You log onto Instagram only to get side-tracked and left feeling despondent on how fit, beautiful and perfect everyone else is.
You head to the cookie cupboard, switch on some Netflix and binge watch for hours while you repeatedly convince yourself with negative affirmation of how much you don’t care.
The point is, every time you walk past a mirror, that voice says you do care and you want to do something about it.
My suggestion would be to start simple by going back to basics in order to build up your confidence one step at a time.
Step one: Start simple
Implement exercises stops inside and outside the house. Every time you wander into one of these spots you must do some form of exercise activity no matter what. It doesn’t have to be a full workout, but it must be at least a set of 10 reps. Eg squats or lunges.
Step two: Focus on big muscle groups
The bigger the muscle the more energy it needs and the more calories you burn. Instead of bicep curls which work two muscles, rather focus on the triceps which consists of three muscles. Focus on top of the legs (quads), back of the legs (hamstrings), core and abdominals, lower back, chest and shoulders.
Step three: Select your exercises
In choosing exercises there are some rules. You need to select a push, a pull, a squat and a lift. You can’t have all in one, they must be evenly selected.
Here is your list
Elevated single leg squat
Romanian dead lifts
Bench hand walks
Step ups and downs
Single arm rows
Note: Try being creative. If you are looking for a pull exercise, take a matt or old towel, place the kid’s schools’ bags or some weighted items from around the house and then pull the matt around the garden.
Select your cardio
You are only a few meters away from the fridge and that is never a good thing since you are probably consuming more calories than you would normally. It is a fact that most people consume more calories on the weekend than during the week. Now that you are on lockdown, just understand, your body needs more cardio.
Here is a list of cardio exercises.
Running around the house
Running on the spot
Side and front hops over two tiles
Alternative leg bench touches
Note: Make sure you aim for at least 20 minutes of cardio per day at the very least.
Add in some stability:
Core, abdominals and mobility are crucial for your body to be held together in one piece, training session after training session. Great building can only be built strong and tall with a solid foundation. The same goes for you.
Focus on “CAM” every day and you will get strong and the exercises will be easier.
List of CAM exercises
V core hold
RDL cone torches
Kneeling thoracic external rotation
Hip abduction and external rotation
Figure 8 glute stretch
If you are feeling a little lost with the exercises, don’t worry I am going to open my private ASP training library to you for these exercises.
It will be available at no cost for the next two weeks of lockdown.
Click this link to gain access and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel. www.bit.ly/ASP-CitizenExercises.
Enjoy your training and you need any additional advice, myself or my team can help, drop me an email.
Sean van Staden is a sport scientist. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanVStaden or visit advancedsp.co.za.
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