I went to see this beautiful lady in Les Miserables with my mom and brother last night. I think maybe I didn’t love it as much because I never saw the play, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There were so many great actors/actresses and it didn’t hurt that I have had a huge crush on Eddie Redmayne ever since The Other Boleyn Girl.
I found this workout on the Shape Magazine website and it will definitely become my go-to at-home workout. It is fast, requires little equipment, and you will be sore for days!
Harley Pasternak (creator of the 5-factor program) created this workout for Amanda Seyfried when she was training for the movie In Time. It is a 25 minute workout separated into 5 minute segments.
What you need:
- jump rope
- floor mat
- bench with an incline feature (I just use a chair)
To do the workout 5 times a week as a circuit, changing the reps, sets and weight each day.
Phase 1: 5 minutes of cardio
Jump rope, walk, cycle, stair climb or jog.
Phase 2: 5 minutes of upper-body
Bent-over dumbbell rows
Sit on the edge of a bench holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend forward at the waist – keeping your back flat – until your back is almost parallel to the floor (your chest should come down as close to your thighs as possible). Let your arms hang straight down, with palms facing each other. Slowly draw your elbows up as high as you can, keeping your arms close to your sides. Pause, then slowly lower them back down until your arms are straight once again. Repeat.
Phase 3: 5 minutes of lower-body strength
Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Begin by stepping backward, planting your foot, and then bend your front leg until it reaches about a 90-degree angle. The knee of your rear leg should also flex until it almost touches the floor.
At this point you will be in the same position as you are when doing a regular lunge. Then, complete the rep by pushing up with your front foot and leg until you’re again in the starting position. Repeat with the other leg.
Phase 4: 5 minutes of Core
Lie down with your back flat against the floor. Lift your knees so your legs form a “V” position with the knees pointing upward. Lift your feet so the calves are parallel to the floor and your thighs are perpendicular to the floor. Your hands should be behind your head and the elbows pointed outward.
Lift your head and shoulders off the floor while you pull your knees toward your head. Your pelvis should come off the ground. Exhale while you try to touch your knees to your chest. Make sure to keep your elbows extended outward so the motion of the lift comes from the abdominal area. As you inhale, return your legs to the starting position with your thighs perpendicular to the floor. Lower the head back to the ground, as well. Repeat.
Phase 5: 5 minutes or more of Cardio
Feel free to go back to whatever activity you were doing in phase 1 or do something different! And feel free to add however much extra time you like!