Easy 5 Move Workout

workout diagram

This past month has been super stressful because of the end of the semester. I'm only one semester away from graduating, so it makes sense. I've kept telling myself (and the unfortunate people who hear me complain all the time) that I really need to get to the gym because one, it's been a while, and two, working out make you feel so much less stressed.

Except figuring out what to actually do once you make it to the gym kind of just adds more stress on top of everything (or is that just me?). Honestly, the reason I end up not going is because there's A LOT of equipment to figure out and A LOT of giant guys huddled around the weights. #gymtimidation

But I'm tired of hiding out a treadmill (because running sucks even when you like it) so I've brought back a workout that was given to me by a personal trainer during a free session.

I have about zero attention span, and I can do this workout no problem. So you can, too! The best parts are that it requires little equipment (you still kind of need the gym though), you can do it even if you're not particularly strong (hello–me), and it's only five different moves. 

First I would start out with foam rolling, stretching, and a 5-10 minute warm-up (like incline walking on a treadmill). 

Move 1: Kettlebelle Squat
4 sets of 12 reps
Keep your feet should width apart, make sure your knees don't cave in (I have to focus on pushing mine out) while squatting. Squat like your sitting back into a chair and don't let your knees go past your toes. 

Move 2: Kettlebelle Deadlift
4 sets of 12 reps
Keep the kettlebelle between your feet and line up the handle with your shoe laces. Bend your knees to grab the kettlebelle but keep your back straight and flat. Stand completely straight then send your hips backward, bringing the weight down to your knees and keeping your back straight. 

Move 3: Inverted Row
4 sets of 15 reps 
I usually do this on a smith machine, but I would find something more sturdy / less terrifying. Grab the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing AWAY from you) and walk your feet forward so that you're somewhat hanging from the bar. Contract your abs, and try to keep your body a completely straight line. Pull yourself up to the bar until your chest touches the bar, then lower yourself back down.

Move 4: Incline Push-Up
4 sets of 15 reps
I usually do this on the same machine as the last move. The more parallel to the floor you are, the harder this will be. Hold on to the bar and do a push-up as usual. Keep your elbows close to your side and make sure the bar is meeting the center of your chest as you lower your body.

Move 5: V-Bar/Lat Pulldown
4 sets of 12 reps
Grab the V-bar with the palms facing each other. Stick your chest out and lean back slightly. Pull the bar down as you squeeze your shoulder blades until your chest almost touches the V-bar. 

Then you're done!

This is kind of my go-to workout when I'm not really sure what I want to do, but know I want to be at the gym. It's pretty basic and really easy to modify based on strength.

Leave any workout plans/tips in the comments because the gym and I are going to become bff's during winter break. 

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