If the answer is ‘Yes’ to this question are allowed to read on. Ok we get it, you hate going to the gym, you hate going running or jogging and you don’t have your own personal trainer or hundreds of pounds to spend on fancy equipment. Well my friend you are in luck. Below is a list of the best exercises to help you tone up, lose weight and get fit this summer.
Bodyweight exercises have been proven to be successful countless times. So if your goal is build muscle & burn fat, improve your athletic performance and increase your speed and power these are the excises for you. Just on a side note if we can make some of these moves explosive these will really help you with your endurance & athleticism.
Before committing to any form of exercise it is essential that you are physically fit and have checked everything out with your GP.
Have you heard about plyometric training?
“Plyometrics, also known as “jump training” or “plyos”, are exercises based around having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power. This training focuses on learning to move from a muscle extension to a contraction in a rapid or “explosive” way, for example with specialized repeated jumping. Plyometrics are primarily used by athletes, especially martial artists and high jumpers,to improve performance, and are used in the fitness field to a much lesser degree.”
Many of our top 5 exercises to get fit this summer use plyometrics, making them explosive and you know what that means fat busting!
So lets get in to the top 5
1. The push up – This mainly works the upper body and chest.
Start by lying on the floor with your face looking at it. Place your hands either side of your body slightly wider than should width apart. By pushing up from your hands lift your body off the floor. Ensure than when you do this hold your stomach muscles or core nice and tight. I was always taught to bring my tummy button in as close as i can and squeeze my contract my butt cheeks. Once your arms have extended lower yourself back down to the floor & repeat.
2. Air Squat – Predominantly working your legs
Begin by putting your feet slightly wider than should width apart. Put your weight in your heels, and pull your core muscle in tight and your shoulders back. Bend your knees and make the action as if you going to sit down on a chair. When squatting down your knees should not be going infront of your toes and your cores muscle engaged and shoulders are still back. If you need additional balance simply put your arms in front of you.
3. Sprint Drills – All Body workout
Simply find a flat piece of land or slightly hilly if you’re feeling adventurous approx 40-60m long. Mark out your start and stop lines, then sprint from one position to the other. When I say sprint, I mean really go for it, pump those arms and legs, shoulders back core pulled in tight and eyes looking at to the finish line. When you get there give yourself a pat on the back walk to the start then repeat.
Using a speed rope is a great way to get fit this summer and also very cheap. You can buy speed rope online for less than £15.00. What we want to do here is skip as fast as we can for 2 minutes then break for 30 seconds then go again. If you’re that good and can do double unders use them during this workout.
5. The Burpee – All Body Workout
Everyone hates burpees, and guess what they don’t like you very much either. You must remenber that this exercise turns your body into a fat burning machine. Begin standing up straight then oving into a squat poistion and place your hands in front of you. Immediately move your feet behind you and lower your chest towards the ground with your arms by your side. Then push up from there by bowing your chest up then snap you fee back up to the start position as quickly as you can. From here jump as high as you can. If none of this makes sense please ensure you watch the attached video.
So we’ve done our bit, now it’s your turn. Get out there have fun and put together some killer workout sets using the exercies above. Ensure you have ample rest and recovery between workout days to get the most out of your training.
Well for starters we need to look at budget. To be frank you’re not going to get a decent speed rope for less than a tenner. So our target price range to look for our best speed rope should be between £10-£50.
What should you be looking for?
– Either a high quality moulded plastic or metal handle. This will determine the type of weight of handle you will have. The plastic handles are usually a little lighter.
– The better quality speed ropes will feature a ball bearing mechanism to allow the speed rope to spin faster
– Usually when buying a speed rope they come with an oversize rope. When looking for the best speed rope, you ideally need it to be adjustable so that you can change the length easily. They will either have a screw adjustable top or lug which you can loosen or tighten.
– The rope part will need to be made from wire (usually steel). Either naked or covered in a hard-wearing nylon.
To give you an idea about what the best speed rope is, why don’t you visit our speed rope reviews page. Here you will find a number of product reviews including our clear winner the GASP Fitness SSR-1
As the nights are longer and warmer make the most of it, Take your speed ropein the park with you.
We all love the the great british summer time and since the clocks have gone forward we have even less of an excuse to get our butts out the front door and down to the park for a weight free workout.
There are countless exercises you can do without weights. Use what your mama gave you. That’s right bodyweight workouts are the way to go. You just need a few essential pieces of kit to help you get started.
01. Compression Kit –
Working out wearing Compression socks and tops will help you recover faster the next day. The thinking behind this it aids recovery by helping your body clear metabolic waste. (whatever that is)
Buying the ideal speed rope will help you nail this double unders in your park workout. Spin that rope round twice as fast as you can and don’t forget to jump. A killer workout for time is 1000 double unders or DUs as quickly as you can. Believe me your calf’s will be sore the next day.
03. Comfy Kicks –
You need a decent pair of shock absorbing trainers. If you’re running around doing sprint drills, then using your speed rope, then box jumping, it will take its toll on you joints. Be sure to buy a comfy pair of shock absorbing trainers. I like the nike free run 5.0. If you visit nike.com you can even design your own kicks.
04. iPod –
Other MP3s are available!! To keep up the pace why not listen to some high BPM music to keep you motivated.
There are countless weight free workouts that include the use of a speed rope, so what are you waiting for? Get your lazy butt out that front door., hit the park and start working out.
Athletes, Boxers, Crossfitters & gym goers use a skipping rope for a reason. If you learn to skip will be on track for improving your overall health and fitness. Using a skipping rope is by far one of the most effective ways to build your stamina, increase your foot speed & coordination and is also a great way to help build amazing your calf muscles.
Skipping can also be frustrating, the reason for this is that it not a natural movement and learning to skip will take practice.
We’ve put together a very easy to learn progression program to help you beginners sharpen your skipping skills.
There are two main parts to using a skipping rope. first of all you have the swing and then the jump. Below you will see a quick progression guide that will help you on your way to becoming a skipping master.
How to do It
First of all swing the rope over your head and perform one jump, that’s the beginning, now progress on to two sets on jumping twice, then three sets of three jumps & so on. Keep this going until you have reached all the way up to ten sets on ten skips or you are skipping for an average of fifteen to twenty minutes.
If you miss or get caught on a jump, just re-set the skill and start again from the previous level. This may be frustrating but in time it will get easier, we promise.
You should aim to complete this workout at least three or four times in a week. With this in mind by the end of the second week you will notice your stamina, technique & coordination have improved massively. If you do this practice right, you’ll be well on your way to looking like one of these professional boxers doing 3 minutes round in one go.
The whole point of practicing is to get better. For many people this will not be an easy task you must stick with it.
So below are the basics of the move. These have been broken down into small chunks so that you can understand the movement easier and learn to control your body, control the rope and put the whole move together to form one (then many) move(s).
So here is what you need to do the basics of the skipping rules are as follows:
First of all you will only jump high enough to clear the skipping rope as it is going around.
Keep your knees nice and soft/relaxed as you jump.
With this, you will need to land on the balls of your feet nice and lightly to minimise the impact on your knees & joints.
Use your wrists to swing the skipping rope– in a controlled way, do not your whole arm to control the rope.
Keep your elbows tucked in by your side.
If you start your jump when the rope is just above eye level, this should be roughly the right time when you are learning.
Allow the rope or wire to gently brush over the floor gently
Keep going until this all comes together in one fluid movement.
This is a basic guide to help people learn to skip. I hope this guide helps some or all of you budding skippers.
Begin with skipping for 3 minutes on the spot to warm up
Rest for 30 seconds
Now use your skipping rope, skipping as quickly as possible for 60 seconds
Rest for 30 seconds
The begin skipping again as quickly as possible for 60 seconds
Rest for 30 seconds
You can keep doing this for 15-20 minutes
This skipping workout is definitely one of my favourites, what i like most about it is its simplicity. With a skipping workout like this you get out what you put in. Maximise your effort while doing skipping workout and use your 30 second break to recover before starting again. [tabgroup][tab title=”Tecnique”]Your arms should barely move when you jump rope. The rotation of the rope should come from wrist movement. If you want to increase the speed of the rotations, simply increase the tightness of the circles that your wrist is making (this will make more sense when you start jumping rope). The goal of your first two weeks of jumping rope is to eventually work up to a point where you can jump rope for 5 minutes solid without having to stop and start again. This means that if you have to stop because the rope hits your feet, you have to start again from zero. You also want to be able to jump rope alternating feet, so it looks like you are running while jumping rope.[/tab][tab title=”Note”]There are a bunch of things you can do to customize this…you can do the whole workout using the “running in place” method of jumping, you can learn how to spin the rope twice for every one jump, etc…as you get really advanced you will find that you will be able to spin that rope at blazing speed and that 60 minute sprint will be extremely intense. Also, if you want to take advantage of the fast heart rate and burn even more body fat, hit a treadmill or exercise bike for 20-30 minutes after your jump rope workout.[/tab][/tabgroup] [loop category=skipping workouts module=gallery ]