Move, love, and work your body.
As college students, we all go through tough times. Whether we’re facing heartbreak from a relationship, stressing out about school, or feeling down about our appearance, it’s normal to lose track of your confidence now and then. Exercising is a great way to get positive, stand back up, and learn to love yourself again.
Enter: the workout that helps you love yourself. The workout boosts your endorphins, the happy hormones, and leaves your body and mind feeling great.
Time: 3-30 minutes, you decide!
Type of Workout: Circuit workout
Sh*t You Need: Your body and your best foot forward. For an extra challenge, grab some dumbbells and a jump rope.
Perks: Boosts endorphins, adaptable
This workout is about speed. So turn your music up and move as quickly as you can through one exercise to the next. 1. Jump rope (or jumping in place). Try to add variety to your jumps. This could be done by moving side to side, front to back, twisting, or even jumping on one foot. Get fancy with it. 30 seconds total 2. Dumbbell squat jump (or bodyweight squat jump). With your hands or dumbbells by your side, squat down then explode up into the air. As you come down, bend your knees so you fall back into a squat position. This should be a continuous motion. 10 jumps, or 30 seconds total 3. Dumbbell curls (or bicep squeezes). Standing strong, squeeze your biceps as you bring up your hand. In order to work your core stability too, use one arm at a time for this exercise. 12 curls per arm, or 45 seconds total 4. Double-dumbbell triceps extension (or triceps flexes). Standing tall with both dumbbells in hand over your head, bend your elbows down to 90 degrees then straighten them up until their parallel with your body. Focus on really squeezing your triceps through the movement. 15 reps total or 30 seconds total 5. Arnold push press (or bodyweight push press). Standing with both dumbbells in hand facing you at shoulder height, slightly bend at the knees then push up. As you push up, press the dumbbells up and over your head. They should naturally rotate so that your palms face away from your body. As you come back down, rotate the dumbbells to the starting position, and repeat. 10 reps, or 30 seconds 6. Plank position dumbbell pull back (or plank pull backs). These are also known as the renegade row. In a straight plank position, pull back one dumbbell at a time. In order to keep your balance, focus on squeezing your glutes and your core. 8 reps per arm, or 45 seconds total
Workout contributed by Nick Johnson (Purdue University). Check out his Instagram for more.
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