I’ve come to a conclusion. Mondays are better when they start with a workout. I don’t know about you, but I love a solid Monday morning workout. I feel ready to take on the entire week. I can start off with that renewed, energized feeling that comes from a good sweat session. Dare I say it’s the antidote to the Monday blues?
Sure, there are Mondays I would like nothing more than to sleep in or laze about all day instead of cranking out any to-do list, let alone a workout. But then again…there is just something about getting things started off on the right foot on a Monday. Do you agree? It always seems to me that when I work out on a Monday, I’m more likely to stay committed the rest of the week. And if I skip that Monday workout, my excuses seem easier to swallow later on in the week.
I could care less about having a “perfect” workout schedule these days, so it’s not even like I feel guilty or down on myself for missing the workout. It’s just that, for some reason, kicking off the week with a workout always seems to set me up for more motivation and success. I don’t know why that is, but I have a feeling some of you out there experience the same thing. Which is why I have just the workout for you today – a kick butt workout to kick off your week right.
This workout is laid out in a boot camp style fashion. The workout contains four different mini-circuits each including one cardio power exercise, one lower body exercise, one upper body exercise, and one core exercise. You can mix and match with more rounds of just a couple of the groups or go through all four groups 1-3 times to fit your fitness level and your available workout time. In other words, you can make it as hard and long as you like or as short and sweet as you like to make sure you kick off your week right for you.
The workout is broken into four groups of exercises. Complete each exercise for 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off. Move directly from one exercise to the next in the exercise group. Rest for 1 full minute at the end of all exercises in a group. From there, you can either repeat that same group 1-3 more times or move to another group of exercises in the workout. Pick just one, two, three, or all four groups of exercises to complete based on your available workout time and personal fitness ability. However, I do suggest keeping the workout to what you can reasonably complete in around 30-45 minutes.
Here are some links to some of the less common exercises:
- Push-Through Crunch
- Wide Stance Deadlift
- Ball Mountain Climbers (place ball against wall for modification with extra stability)
- Glute Squeeze w/Ball
- Ball Knee Tucks
- Frog Crunches
Your Turn: Do you enjoy starting your week off with a kick butt workout or do you prefer to ease into Mondays with a rest or easy workout day?