Get Your Fitness Game Summer-Ready with Alex Silver Fagan
Summer will be here before you know it, and if you’re like us and have hibernated all winter, it’s time to revamp your fitness routine to be ready. Who better to provide a bit of motivation than Alex Silver-Fagan? Not only is she an athlete and wellness author, she’s also a Nike Master Trainer and a coach at Solace New York. Read on for her 10-minute, do-anywhere workout to help get your blood pumping. And if you’re feeling inspired by her wardrobe in addition to her moves, check out a Nike location at a Simon near you.
Getting in shape for the summer (or just in general) can be overwhelming! The trick is to take your fitness journey one step at a time and, instead of going through a crash diet or short program, to make exercise and wellness a part of your daily routine! To do this, start by moving once a day — EVERY DAY! — even if just for 10 minutes. Total body workouts are fun and are great for toning up fast! Here’s a workout you can literally do anywhere! No excuses. Get moving at home, at your office, or outside — all you need is your body and a bench or chair.
Do 30 seconds of each move. Repeat the entire circuit for 3-5 rounds.
Note: The first three exercises are single-sided, so perform all 30 seconds on the right side and then the next 30 seconds on the left before moving to the next exercise. For the triceps dip and the jump squat, you will just be working for 30 seconds each.
Bulgarian Split Squat (right side and then left)
Start by placing your left leg on the bench behind you, balancing on your right leg. Make sure you are not too far from the bench. Bend your right leg, bringing your left knee as close to the ground as you can. Push through your right heel as you straighten your legs. That’s one rep. Repeat for 30 seconds before switching sides.
Spiderman Push-up (right side and then left)
Place your hands on the bench so you are in an elevated plank position. Lift your right leg off the ground so it is hovering. Bend your elbows, bringing your chest to the bench, performing a push-up while simultaneously bending your right leg and bringing your knee to your elbow. Straighten your arms and leg as your return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Repeat for 30 seconds before switching to your left leg.
Single Leg Hip Bridge (right side and then left)
Lay on your back with your feet on the bench, heels towards the sky. Make sure you are close to the bench. Lift your left leg to the sky so your right foot is the only one on the bench. Push through your right heel and lift your hips to the sky. That’s one rep. Repeat for 30 seconds before switching to your left leg.
Place your hands on the bench behind you, fingers facing towards your body. Extend your legs and keep your hips close to the bench. Bend your elbows so they are at a 90-degree angle, then push through your palms and extend your arms. That’s one rep. Keep your hips still and close to the bench.
Begin by lightly sitting on the bench. By pushing through your heels, jump up towards the sky and then land back down softly. That’s one rep.