Five for Five

“Five for Five—Five Exercises to complete in Five Minutes”

by Abby Magness, ACSM-HFS – Fitness Director at Mission Fitness

Nowadays we all feel so rushed for time! We have work to finish up, kids to take to practice and laundry that needs to be folded. How are you supposed to fit a workout in between all of that? Here are five exercises that are effective and can be done anywhere with no equipment! Try doing each of these exercises for one minute each before moving to the next exercise. Complete this circuit 3-4 times, depending on how you are feeling.

       1. Bodyweight Squats

Make sure you are driving all of your weight through your heels and keeping your knees behind your toes as you sit your glutes back towards your heels.

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2. Push Ups

Keep your shoulders and hips in one line as you drop your chest to the floor. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees and press back up. Too hard on your toes? No problem! Drop to your knees and focus on keeping that solid alignment as you bend into your elbows.

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       3. Plank with Alternating Shoulder Taps

Make sure to keep your hips level and your bellybutton pulled into your spine. Stacked joints are always stronger so make sure to keep your shoulders directly over your wrists.

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       4. Walking Lunges

Bending both legs into a 90 degree angle, keep your weight driving into your front heel. Step together and repeat on the opposite side.

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       5. Tricep Dips off of a bench or chair

Find a chair or bench and place your palms behind you with your fingers facing towards you (as shown below). Bend your elbows and then extend by contracting your triceps and pressing into a straight arm press. Repeat.

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