Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sarah's Top 10 Resistance Exercises

I love running, but I acknowledge that cross training with resistance exercises is important. Here's my top 10 favorite exercises.

1. Push Ups

I like push-ups because it's an exercise that you can customize to your fitness level. I started out doing 15 push-ups on my knees and now I'm up to 20-30 regular ones! Occasionally I put my feet on a stability ball and do 8-12 to get a good core workout too.

2. Squats

I bet you're wondering why I'm using the chair. It's just an easy guide to help me keep decent form. :) At the gym, I set up a larger stability ball on one of the step platform bases.

3. Single Leg Squat

These are hard. Really hard. I'm slowly getting better at them, but it definitely helps me figure out which of my legs is the weaker.

4. 3 pt Planks
Just making the plank a little harder!

5. Plank with Rows

I saw this exercise in my Women's Health magazine a few months ago and it just stuck.

6. Pull Ups (assisted, currently)
Sadface! No pics here! I can't take pictures at work and that's where the assisted pull-up machine is. :(

7. Split Squat Jumps

It's hard to show, but in between frame one and frame two, you hop straight into the air and land in the frame two position. I can never figure out what to do with my arms, so I just pretend like I'm taking really exaggerated running strides.

8. Lunges with overhead press

I added this exercise into my routine a month ago. It's helping me build strength to be able to do a handstand in Ashtanga. :)

9. Tricep Dips

This is another great exercise because it can be made easier or harder depending on your fitness level. It also doesn't require anything except a chair or bench.

10. Mountain Climbers

I love plyometric exercises, and this one is definitely one of my favorites.

What are your top five favorite resistance exercises? What are your five least favorite? Lemme know in a comment below! :)