Good morning and Happy Day Before Thanksgiving to my American friends out there! I hope you have your stretchy pants handy for a day of good eatin’ tomorrow!
I am really looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with my family but before I get too ahead of myself, I wanted to share a quick driveway workout you can do from anywhere over the long holiday weekend.
It’s the perfect total body travel workout because you don’t need any equipment at all. You’ll simply be using your bodyweight to work your lower body, upper body and core and short bursts of cardio will elevate your heart rate in no time at all.
I wanted to share this workout before Thanksgiving because I love beginning my Thanksgiving Day on an active note. Ryan and I typically head out for a Turkey Trot fun run on Thanksgiving and though we hope to make it to a local 5K tomorrow, Chase has been fighting a cold the past two days, so I’m not sure it’s in the cards. We’ll see! Just in case it doesn’t happen, this workout is on my radar and I thought it might interest those of you out there who want to kick Thanksgiving off on an active note as well! Whether you’re traveling or celebrating close to home, it’s a workout you can do anywhere!
10 TO 100 DRIVEWAY WORKOUT
To do this workout you’ll work up from 10 reps all the way to 100 reps of an assortment of exercises that will alternate upper body, lower body, cardio and core exercises (in that order).
Please listen to your body and rest as needed.
A quick note about the tuck jumps in this workout… You may notice that this workout calls for 70 tuck jumps. That is HARD. Like crazy hard! I recommend breaking them up and creating “mini goals” in your mind. I like to tell myself to get through 20 in a row, rest for a hot second and tackle them again. You may also substitute high knees for the tuck jumps if that is preferred.
Though one time though this workout will challenge you for sure, if you’re looking for the ultimate butt-kicker try two or three rounds! Phew!!
Pushups: Begin in a plank position with hands under and slightly outside of your shoulders. Bracing your core, lower your body until chest nearly touches the floor. Push up to return body to starting position.
Alternating Lunges: Stand with your hands on your hips and take a large step backward with your left foot. Lower your body so your front leg is parallel to the floor with your knee positioned over your ankle. Return to standing by pressing your right heel into the ground and bringing your left leg forward for one full rep. Switch legs and repeat.
Mountain Climbers: Begin in a high plank, with your weight supported by your hands and toes and your core engaged. Bring one knee in toward your chest with toes just off the ground. Return to high plank position and quickly switch legs, bringing the opposite knee in toward your chest. Quickly switch legs back and forth.
Plank: Begin on the floor, resting on your hands and knees. Step your feet back into plank position and extend your arms, bracing your core and keeping your back parallel to the floor. Make sure your shoulders are stacked over your hands and your body is in a straight line.
Alternating Leg Triceps Dips: Position your hands shoulder-width apart with arms extended under your armpits. Bend both knees and lift your butt off the ground. While your right leg remains bent, extend your left leg out in front of you, keeping your heel off the ground. Carefully bend at the elbows lowering your butt toward the ground. Press down as you begin to straighten your elbows to return to starting position. Switch legs and repeat.
Pulsing Sumo Squat: Begin with your legs opened wide to the sides and your toes turned slightly outward. Clasp your hands in front of your body, bend your knees and lower your body, keeping your shoulders over your hips. Hold your body at the bottom of the squat position and pulse repeatedly.
Tuck Jumps: Begin in a comfortable standing position with knees slightly bent. Gently but quickly squat down into a quarter squat and jump up, exploding toward the sky as you drive your knees toward your chest. Land with knees slightly bent to safely absorb impact.
Bicycle Crunches: Begin lying flat on the floor and pull your bellybutton toward the floor. Press your lower back into the ground and put your hands behind your head. Bring your knees to your chest and lift your shoulder blades off the ground. Straighten your left leg while simultaneously twisting your body and bringing your left elbow toward your right knee. Switch sides and repeat.
Plank Shoulder Taps: Begin in a high plank position with your wrists under your shoulders and feet hip-width apart. Touch your left shoulder with your right hand and return to high plank position. Touch your right shoulder with your left hand and return to high plank position.
Squat Jumps: Begin with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms hanging at your sides. Squat down until your knees are bent about 90 degrees and immediately swing your arms out to your sides for momentum while simultaneously engaging your core and jumping as high as you can. When you land, take care to gently bend your knees and lower your body into the squat position.