I started week four of 22-Minute Hard Corps today! For those of you who haven’t been following me, I am doing the new exercise program from celebrity trainer Tony Horton. It’s an 8-week military bootcamp-style workout. Workouts are only 22 minutes long (hence the name of the program) and range from cardio to resistance to core.
Week 4 introduces a new workout into the mix – Resistance 3. Up to this point, the workout calendar alternated between Cardio 1 and 2, Resistance 1 and 2, and Core 1. Resistance 3 is the third of three strength-training workouts in the program.
Here’s the format. You do a very short warm up. Then you jump into the workout. There are five moves in the circuit:
1. Pump Jumpers – These are plyometric push ups! They’re crazy! I could not do the full number of repetitions. You start in a plank with your hands in a tricep push up position, legs spread apart. You do a push up, then jump your hands into a wide push-up position and your legs jump together… at the same time! Then you do another push up with your hands in the wide position. You’re alternating tricep push ups and traditional push ups with a plyometrical switch in between. I can do these, but NOT nearly as many repetitions as what Tony was counting out in the video. Neverthless, I’m proud I can do them and will try to record them for you so you can see what I’m talking about! This is the only move that I could not complete in full for Resistance 3.
2. Split Lunge Thrusts – Another plyometric move. With dumbbells or a sandbag in hand, start in a lunge position… say, for example, left in front. Jump to switch your stance, so now your right foot is in front. As you jump, do a shoulder press. This move happens fast, and it really gets your heart rate up and sweaty. This move definitely works your legs and shoulders, but it also works your heart for cardio. This move makes the workout. Here’s a clip of me doing these Split Lunge Thrusts. Be nice… this was my first time doing them!
3. Arm Balance Rows – Holding your dumbbells in hand, start in a plank position with legs wide. Twist through your core and lift one arm in the air in the direction you twist. Bring your arms that’s in the air back to the ground and switch sides.
4. Mountain Squats – These are rough! Grab one dumbbell or your sandbag, holding it in one hand. Start in a standing position, dumbbell close to your chest. Sit down, then lay onto your back, then stand up, using your legs to push you up into standing through a squat. It’s hard to describe, so I’ll do a video once I master it. But you’re basically going from standing to sitting, to laying to standing.
5. Scissor Clappers – This is your abdominal move. In a sitting position, scissor your legs, clapping under the raised legs. Here’s a clip:
You end with a cool down, which is actually the longest of any of the cool downs that I’ve done in 22-Minute Hard Corps yet. I think it was around 3 minutes long.
I’m actually really enjoying these resistance workouts! And I loved that there were no pull-ups in this one! 😉
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