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Welcome to Workout Wednesday, where every hump-day we'll be rounding up some of the city's hottest fitness trends and studios.
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Somehow, I'm almost at the end of Uplift Studios' Six Weeks to Summer challenge. With a week out of town planned, I asked my trainer (and studio co-founder) Leanne Shear to design a workout that could be done anywhere—even my mom's house in the suburbs of Milwaukee.
Totally do-able, said Leanne, explaining, "The key to at-home workouts is intensity. You can accomplish a lot in just 20 or 30 minutes. The thing to keep in mind is that you need to keep your heart rate up basically the whole time."
Her recipe? A circuit of strength moves, which should be preceded with a warm-up and interspersed with cardio between moves. Jumping rope, marching in place, burpees, jumping jacks, plank jacks, jump squats, mountain climbers, and butt kickers are all good options. Uplift instructor Chelsea Dornan demonstrates the routines after the jump.
1.) Arms: 20 pushups (Bonus: 10 with one leg in the air, 10 with the other leg in the air)
2.) Legs: Staying on one leg, lunge forward, squat to the side, lunge backward. Complete 30 times on each side.
3.) Core: In plank position on forearms, alternate rotating hips to the floor on the left and right sides.
4.) Arms: With arms straight out to each side, do small, fast arm circles for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
5.) Core: In plank position on your palms, bring your right knee in to touch your left elbow, then bring your right knee to the outside of your right elbow; do a total of twenty before switching to the left.
· Uplift Studios [Official Site]
· Last Chance! Uplift's Summer Challenge Starts Monday [Racked]