I actually planned to do this little workout while I was out of town for a few days last week. But I didn’t. This morning was Classical Stretch day so I decided to give this short little workout a try before doing an hour of Classical Stretch. 5 Minute at Home Workout: Full Body Conditioning is great little workout from Heather Robertson to use either as an add on/finisher to another workout, or as I had initially planned to do it–as a hotel room/travel workout. All you need is a sliding device, so in a hotel room you will need sliding disks or paper plates. And to get a really good workout you will need to repeat this little circuit several times. But if you are pressed for time, 5 minutes is better than nothing, right?
This workout is not done to timed intervals like many of Heather’s workouts are. You do 6-8 reps per set and you get 10 seconds of recovery between each exercise. During that recovery, a small rectangle appears in the center of the screen previewing the next exercise along with a count down clock. This is important because with sliders, you need to have them under for feet and be in position. During the first exercise I didn’t have my foot on one of my sliders properly and I lost the slider. There is also a counter in the lower right hand corner of the screen that counts down your reps while you are doing the exercises. Each exercise is done slow and controlled.
5 Minute at Home Workout: Full Body Conditioning is 6 minutes; 40 second intro. Equipment: hand towels if working out on a hard floor, paper plates (or sliding disks) if working out on carpet. You do 6-8 reps of each exercise.
- Sliding Pikes, 6 reps (start in straight arm plank with sliders under feet, slide feet into hands, keeping legs straight, then slide back out to plank)
- Plank Jacks, 8 reps (sliders still under feet, in elbow plank, slide feet/legs open and closed)
- Side Slide Lunge, 8 reps
- Repeat #3 on other leg
- Reverse Slide Back Lunge, 8 reps
- Repeat #5 on other leg
- Slide Out Push Up, 6 reps (on knees) (with slider under one hand, slide hand out to side as you lower and slide it back in as you raise up)
- Repeat #7 on other side of body
- Front Sliding Push Up, 6 reps (on knees) (with slider under one hand, slide hand out in front of you as you lower and slide it back in as you raise up)
- Repeat #9 on other side of body