Feeling frustrated? Strong Women ambassador Alice Miller takes us through our paces with a full-body strength-training blitz to tire out the most anxious mind and sofa-stiff body.
Hands up if lockdown and social distancing are starting to take their toll? That’s everyone then. If walks just aren’t doing it for you, we suggest putting that pent-up energy to good use elsewhere - like working on your strength.
Here’s a full-body burner to do on those days when you just can’t seem to settle. Get ready to climb the ascending ladder – fitness lingo for when you increase the amount of reps with every set.
DUMBBELL CLEAN AND PRESS
With feet shoulder-width apart, slide hips backwards while keeping the chest up so your knees are slightly bent. Keep the core tight and with a bend at the knees, drive up through the heels to standing position. Simultaneously, bring the dumbbells above the shoulders with bent arms (elbows facing forward). In an explosive movement, shrug your shoulders while doing a mini squat to standing position with straight arms extended overhead. Return the dumbbells to your sides.
Do 2 reps
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DUMBBELL OVERHEAD STRAIGHT LEG SIT UPS
Lie flat on your back with legs straight out in front of you. Hold the dumbbell with both hands, arms straight out in front of you, reaching toward the ceiling. Peel up from the ground (one vertebrae at a time) into a sit-up – the dumbbell continues to reach toward the ceiling. Keeping arms outstretched, lie back down. Inhale on the way up and exhale on the way down.
Do 2 reps
Holding the dumbbells in each hand, stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Weight should be in your heels (not your toes) with toes slightly pointing out and dumbbells resting over your shoulders. Lower the hips, sitting down low into a deep squat. Exhale as you drive through the heels to return to standing position.
Do 2 reps. Repeat entire set, adding 2 more reps each set (6, 8, 10, etc) for 10 minutes.
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Miranda Larbi is a freelance fitness and wellness journalist, and qualified personal trainer. When she’s not finding new vegan places to eat, she can be found training for the next marathon or cycling across London on an old Dutchie.