So we're halfway through the week. Anything crazy happening? Things are pretty standard in my neck of the woods, except for the slight furry of snow we got this morning. It wasn't anything truly significant, but still. It happened and I hated it. I also kind of hated my Barre Fit class today...except not really. I loved it. The crowd is always awesome, totally willing to work, and usually up for anything. So by "hated it," I mean that we burned out some muscle and it felt so good in the worst way. (You know the feeling.)
Since we're marking that halfway point in our week, that means it's officially Workout Wednesday. Last week, we focused on the upper body with some of my favorite pushup variations. Today, I'm coming at you with one of the leg exercises we did in class this morning.
Oh, my quad! #burn
Let's get to it. Here's your single-leg glute and quad burner:
Lift your left knee up until your quad is parallel to the floor.
If balance is an issue, you can hold onto a chair, keep your left toes on the ground and/or turn this move into a reverse lunge.
Regardless, go back to that high knee at the start of every repetition. We did 15 repetitions in class today. You, of course, can change that to 12, maybe even 10 if that works better.
When you hit your last repetition, transition to a flat back. Keep your weight over your right leg while maintaining a soft bend at the knee.
You'll want to pull that standing leg up into a stretch when you're done.
We did three sets per leg in class today, but you can adjust that as well. And even though you stretch in between each set, you'll want to make sure you take time at the end of your workout to re-stretch your glutes. And, of course, your quads (and hamstrings), too.
Never forget to stretch!
Question: What did your workout look like today?