The aim is to gradually increase the intensity of the exercise by doing interval training. You will therefore do as many repetitions of each exercise as you can in 30 seconds. Between exercises, rest for 30 seconds before you move on to the next station. For an effective workout, do the full circuit five times in total, giving yourself 10 seconds of recovery between each round.
If you want to follow this circuit training programme, you will need the following equipment:
-A skipping rope: the perfect fitness accessory for burning calories, slimming, and getting a flat stomach. Did you know that just 15 minutes of skipping is equivalent to 30 minutes of jogging?
-Small dumbbells: these practical items allow you to work your entire upper body: arms, forearms, shoulders, trapezius, latissimus dorsi, pectorals, as well as the entire upper back.
In case you don't have these fitness accessories, we suggest alternatives in each of the exercises. Here is the 7-exercise fitness programme:
EXERCISE 1: CRUNCHES OR LOW SIT-UPS
: to build up your rectus abdominis muscle.
: lie on your back. Bend your legs and bring them towards your stomach until they are at a 90°angle. Place your hands behind your neck for support (but don't pull your head forward). Roll your torso forward while tucking in your chin. Contract your abs and keep your lower back on the ground. Smoothly and gradually return to your starting position.
: inhale at the start of the movement, exhale as you roll up your torso.
EXERCISE 2: LUNGES
: to build muscle in your quads, glutes and hamstrings.
: stand upright with one foot forward, arms extended out to the sides, chest up. Bend your knees while keeping your torso as upright as possible. During the lunge, your front thigh should stop when horizontal, and your knee should be in line with your foot. In order to be more efficient, your back knee should not touch the floor. Exhale and come back to your starting position by pushing through your heels. Repeat with the other leg.
: inhale as you bend, exhale as you stand back up.
EXERCISE 3: BICEP CURLS WITH DUMBBELLS
: to build arm muscle (biceps brachii, brachioradialis, hand flexors)
: stand upright and hold a dumbbell in each hand in an underarm grip (palm facing upwards). Hold your arms by your sides. Then raise your forearms by contracting your biceps. Return to your starting position.
: inhale in the starting position and exhale as you raise your arms.
: keep your elbows tight against your body throughout.
EXERCISE 4: SKIPPING ROPE
: to improve your cardio and burn calories.
: jump over the rope at a fast pace. To increase the level, do double unders (2 turns of the rope) on each jump.
: stay on the balls of your feet. Don't jump on your heels.
EXERCISE 5: SEATED LEG EXTENSIONS
: to build up muscle in your back and core.
: sit down on the ground. Put your arms behind your back, lean back onto your arms and bend your knees. Sit up straight, look into the distance, breathe in deeply then breathe out whilst lifting up your right leg and stretching it out as much as you can (your right knee should be level with your left knee). Bring your right leg back down to the floor and repeat the movement with your left leg.
: breathe slowly and deeply.
: contract your stomach muscles throughout the exercise and keep your back straight (stretch out your spine).
EXERCISE 6: BUM KICKS
: to improve your cardio and build your thighs and glutes.
: do a set of 10 bum kicks (trying to touch your glutes with your heel) in one direction, then repeat in the other direction. Your heels should touch your glutes in a dynamic way. Keep this up for 30 seconds.
EXERCISE 7: GLUTE KICKBACKS ON THE FLOOR
: to build up your glutes.
: position yourself on all fours on your exercise mat, with your hands under your shoulders. Then lift up your right leg and stretch it out straight, in line with your back. Next, pull it towards your chest (without hunching your back). Repeat this movement without putting your leg back on the ground.
: breathe slowly and deeply.
Follow this fitness programme twice a week (or three times ideally) for one month on top of whatever sport you do. Your dream body is just around the corner with this express circuit!