bodyweight bliss [workout]

So if you read my last post, you know that I’m currently pumping the brakes on my high-intensity workouts and focusing solely on low-intensity, body weight style training. Over the past 5 days, I have incorporated light yoga and pilates (working on breathing, meditation and stretching rather than strength), walking, and other forms of low-resistance steady-state cardio…and yesterday I did something that I don’t do nearly enough– took a complete rest day.

I feel amazing. 

My body feels healthier and happier than it has in quite some time, my flexibility is slowly but surely coming back and I’m more and more at peace with the idea of low-intensity workouts. Today I wanted to activate my muscles a little more and decided to throw together a variety of body weight exercises with a higher rep range than I ever do. I completed each exercise just one time through and really focused on performing them slowly and with controlled, proper form. Holy burn.

I was honestly surprised by how well this routine worked for me and I plan to continue training like this on a regular basis. Plus, since it requires no equipment, it’s a perfect way to sneak in a little exercise while travelling or on days when getting to the gym just isn’t an option.

bodyweightbliss

I included brief descriptions of the less-common exercises but feel free to comment below or email me if you still have questions! Mind-Muscle Connection is a huge part of workouts like this– focus on the specific muscle that you’re trying to work and squeeze into it with each rep. Also, move through the list in any order you like…but I wouldn’t recommend doing the wall-sit right after your squats. 😉

I can’t wait to hear what you all think!

Here’s to body love…

-Emily

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