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I am a momma-to-be, a teacher, fitness/yoga instructor, runner, celebrity stalker, chocolate lover, embarrassing dancer, wine guzzler, can't-live-without-my-girlfriends kind of girl. I also have a collection of high heels that strongly outweighs my collection of runners. My goal is to find balance in my life through health and exercise- and when I say balance, I mean kicking ass in the gym and enjoying food, wine, family, friends, and basking in celebrity news. Let's eat clean and do some craaahaaayzy workouts together... followed by a glass of wine.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

The 15-Minute High Five Workout!

Pin It Did you know that the best way to give someone a high five is to watch the elbow? Try it.

You're welcome.

You can only imagine how awesome that would be if you gave yourself a high five.

Well, you're about to. This workout is FIFTEEN MINUTES. Yep. That's it. Don't tell me you don't have the time, because I don't believe you.

This was totally natural. 
The High Five Workout consists of 5 exercises, done 5 rounds. You will complete each exercise for 20 seconds, and rest for 20 seconds in between. Your goal is to try to MATCH or BEAT your previous round's score! The video shows one full round- I've used a wall clock to keep track of the time!

Exercise Notes: 

Jumping Side Squats: Work on explosive lateral power, starting and ending with knees bent in a squat every time. Your knees should stay in line with your ankles whenever possible.

Side Plank Touches: Keep feet at least shoulder width apart and rotate over the outside of the foot. You are always touching the same side hand and foot (R to R and L to L)!

Trunk Twists: For a lower option, bend the knees, and keep the heels on the floor, toes up. Your heart should stay lifted and your back is straight and strong. No shrugging!

Knee to Chest Push Ups: You're working your core as well as your upper body! Begin with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Bring your knee as far as you can HIGH and UP into your chest (this is the core workout!), then bend your elbows out to the side and push your body and your leg back to starting position. Repeat other side.

Downward Dog Jumps: This is EASIER than it looks!!!!!! To increase difficulty, BEND YOUR ELBOWS as you bend your knees and explode up off the ground. Try to land softly!

This is a great, full body workout that you can do ANYWHERE- yes, even on the subway. My peeps at SPA (Speed, Power, Agility) and I did a 14-minute Cardio Interval before doing this workout. 30 minutes total, and wicked sick.

Beat me!

Good luck and don't forget to comment below and tell me how you did :)

Now go forth, and high five yourself. Watch the elbow.