Hello there, I am starting a new series of blogs called Home Workout of the Week to help you on your fitness journey. Each week I will have a new workout routine for you to try with links to video demonstrations for each exercise. If you have been following my Home Exercise of the Week series then you will recognize these exercises and I will show you how to incorporate them in to a workout routine.
If you have any questions at all please leave a comment on the blog or contact me directly. Just remember – if something doesn’t feel right or you are experiencing pain other than normal muscle burn, please discontinue the exercise and move on to the next one.
Ok so give this weeks workout a try and let me know how you do! You can add some weights to this routine if you have some or just use your body weight for resistance.
Full Body Workout
Superset 1 (a superset is 2 or more exercises performed back to back with no rest)
I have a lower body exercise I would like you to try for the Home Exercise of the Week. It’s called the Squat and Hold.
The Squat and Hold is an isometric exercise that targets all the major muscles of the lower body – quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. The isometric aspect of this exercise will build strength and endurance. The muscles of the back will be working as well and If you raise your arms out in front of you then you will also be working your shoulders.
Let’s take a look at the key points to doing the Squat and Hold properly.
squat down pushing your hips back and arching your back up slightly until your thighs are parallel to the floor
sit your weight on your heels and keep your knees directly over your ankles
raise your arms out in front of you to shoulder height and retract your shoulder blades
keep your head up and maintain this position for 30 to 60 seconds
There will be a great amount of lactic acid buildup in the muscles so this will burn! Make sure you are taking in deep even breaths to get the most amount of oxygen to your muscles. This will help flush out the lactic acid and help you get through the entire set.
Oftentimes the simplest move can bring the greatest results so make sure you add this great isometric strength and endurance building exercise to your routine!