We’ve all had a couple of weeks to adjust to exercising at home, so hopefully you’ve begun to hit a groove. Which means you’re as ready as you’ll ever be to tackle this mean 1,000-rep workout that can be done in your living room, without any equipment, from personal trainer Beth Thayne.
“It works the entire body for a comprehensive workout that you try to complete as quickly as possible,” says Thayne. “You start with 20 reps of the five exercises, then go down to 19 reps for the second round. Knock off one rep each round until you get to five and you’ll have done 1,000 reps.
“There’s a huge emphasis on core work but with the volume of reps you also get a good leg and upper-body workout in there.
“Because it’s a descending ladder to a completion point, you also have the chance to set a time and then aim to beat it next time. Rest when you need to, but try to keep the rest to the end of a round and aim for 30-45 seconds.
“Depending on your ability this will take between 25-35 minutes, so the challenge functions as a full workout. If the total proves too much, stop when your body tells you to, then target completing more rounds next time.”
Start in the high plank position with your hands underneath your shoulders, feet together, keeping your core braced and with your body forming a straight line from your neck to your heels. Bend your elbows to slowly lower until your chest is just above the floor, then push back up. Rest your knees on the floor if you start to fatigue.
2 Squat shoots
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees and, keeping your chest upright, lower until your knees are at 90°. Touch the floor between your feet, then push back up and extend your arms above your head.
Start in the high plank position with your feet slightly apart and your hands underneath your shoulders. Keeping your core tight, drive your right knee towards your chest. Return your right leg to the floor and repeat on your left side. That’s one rep. Continue at pace.
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Start in the high plank position with your feet slightly apart and your hands underneath your shoulders. Keeping your core tight, bring one hand off the floor and slowly raise it to touch the opposite shoulder, then bring it back to the floor and complete the same action with the other hand. That’s one rep.
5 Toe taps
Lie on your back and extend your legs straight up, or as close to that as you can. Reach up, raising your upper body off the floor, to touch your toes with your hands. Lower until your upper body is flat on the floor to complete the rep.
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