I remember the last time I was on an elliptical for 30 minutes, I got off, felt extremely nauseous, and threw up on my friend’s front lawn once we got back to her place.
So for personal reasons, that’s probably my least favorite workout machine ever.
But there is something about stair-climbers and ellipticals that just don’t do it for some people. You ever go into a gym and see everyone doing the same thing, in almost the same motion, all the time? It’s repetitive, it gets not explosive, and it gets boring. And who really sees good results from these type of machines?
No wonder people are turning to hot yoga, kickboxing class, and martial arts for more fun, alternative workout plans.
If you’re looking to transform your body (and not wait over a year to see results), here are some exercises you can try to get that strength and endurance we all need in our lives.
This exercise will be tough, but it will be worth the sweat and pain.
Studies show that high-intensity intervals training (HIIT) is great for burning fat, decreasing your heart rate, increasing muscle endurance, and turning back the clock on aging.
Stand with your arms at your sides. Bend your knees and lower your hands to the floor. Kick your legs behind you so that you’re in a push-up position. Now do a push-up.
Bring your feet back toward your hands, then jump as high as you can, attempting to touch the ceiling with your hands. As you land, immediately go into the next rep. Aim for 15 reps.
Towel Pull-up with Knee-raise
Drape a towel over a chin-up bar and hold on to each end, hanging so that your feet don’t touch the ground. Starting with your arms extended, pull yourself up until your chin reaches your hands.
Lower yourself to the starting position, but instead of going right into your next pull-up, raise your knees to your chest, pause, then lower them. That’s one complete rep. Try to hit 10 reps, 15 if you’re feeling hot.
Push-ups are a perfect upper-body exercise for athletes to perform using their own bodyweight as resistance. They simultaneously strengthen the major muscles of the upper body like the chest, shoulders, triceps, back and abdominals—making them a great muscle-builder.
As if regular push-ups weren’t hard enough to do, someone had to invent walking push-ups. But your chest and arms will feel all the burn!
Do a classic push-up, then instead of immediately going into another rep, bring your right knee to your right elbow (so that you’re in a horizontal rock-climbing stance), and then reach forward with your right arm and walk the rest of your body forward so that you’re in a push-up position again.
Do a push-up, and then repeat the walk with your left leg and arm. Continue for one minute.
Stand on a bench with your left foot on the bench’s edge and your right foot in midair at a 45-degree angle to the floor.
Hold your arms straight in front of you and squat until your left thigh is as close to parallel with the floor as possible. Return to the starting position. Do 10 to 12 reps on each leg.
Sit Up, Pull Back
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and fingertips touching behind your ears. Slowly bring your chest to your knees and use your abs to flex your spine.
Then place your hands next to your hips, lift your butt off the floor, and move it back until your legs are straight. (Don’t push with your feet. Use your upper body.) Do another sit-up, and then repeat the move, going forward this time. Continue for one minute.
Tell us what crazy exercises you guys have tried that could transform your body!