Hey, it’s Candice from Little Steps, Big Happy.
Welcome to day 5! I am so very proud of you for making it this far.
How many women do you know who can say that they have exercised for 5 days in a row and they are going to keep going?? Not many I’ll bet.
After today, you get to add your name to this list. That’s something to be proud of.
Your daily dose of motivation:
Here is the quote I want to share with you today:
“Be stronger than your excuse.”
When it comes to making new changes in our lives, there will always be a reason not to do it. Your brain is probably an expert at coming up with excuses for why you don’t have to do your workout.
Change is not easy. Especially in the beginning. That’s why it’s important to dig a little deeper in those moments.
Remember why you wanted to focus on your fitness in the first place.
Maybe you want to…
Feel more confident
Be able to play with your kids
Keep up with your active family
Find the woman you were again before you had kids
Whatever reason that motivated you to start this challenge, is what you need to focus on. When you are armed with that reason, you are stronger than all of the excuses.
You are a force to be reckoned with! Someone who is ready to take her life in her own hands and focus on building the fit and healthy life you envision for yourself.
Now let’s get to that workout!
Day 5: Full Body Strength Circuit
Today we are coming back to our strength training. You are doing a different routine than Day 2, but I’m going to make sure you still hit all the major muscle groups.
Here is a quick reminder of the definition of some of the fitness terms I use:
Circuit refers to an entire set of exercises in a certain group or category. For example, there is going to be a leg circuit, a core circuit, and an arm circuit.
Repetition (a.k.a. reps) refers to the number of times you will do an exercise. For example, if it says 10 reps, you will do the exercise 10 times.
Here is a breakdown of the Full Body Strength Circuit
Legs: 2 circuits – Do all of the exercises through 1 time, take a 30-second break after each exercise, then repeat all of the exercises 1 time.
Wide Leg Squats – 15 reps
Side Lunges – 15 reps (left leg on 1st circuit, right leg on 2nd circuit)
Squat Kicks – 15 reps
Bridges – 15 reps
Core: 2 circuits – Do all of the exercises through 1 time, take a 30-second break after each exercise, then repeat all of the exercises 1 time.
Superman lifts – 10 reps
Plank jacks – 15 reps
Toe touches – 15 reps
Burpees – 5 reps
Arms: 2 circuits – Do all of the exercises through 1 time, take a 30-second break after each exercise, then repeat all of the exercises 1 time.
Small arm circles – 15 reps (forward for 1st circuit, backward for 2nd circuit)
Large arm circle – 15 reps (forward for 1st circuit, backward for 2nd circuit)
Butterfly Presses – 15 reps
Side Planks – hold for 20 seconds (right side for 1st circuit, left side for 2nd circuit)
If you want to see pictures that demonstrate each of the moves along with some tips on form and technique, click on the link below.
If you want a printable copy of the Full Body Strength Circuit so you can take your workout on the road, click the link below.
Alright, now you have your workout for today, and I know you are going to crush it!
If it feels a little challenging at any point, just take it slow and pause if necessary.
There is absolutely no rush. It’s far more important to finish strong and with good technique then to race through trying to kill yourself.
Once you finish your workout…
After you’re done, pat yourself on the back and then let me know how it went.
I would love to hear how your Beginner Fitness Challenge is going.
Talk to you tomorrow,
P.S. You can find the workouts for the previous days here:
I’m a busy mom of 3 turned Health and Fitness Coach and Self Defense Instructor. I help inspire other moms to reach their health, fitness, and weight loss goals. You can usually find me chasing my kiddos around, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or sneaking away to read romance novels. About Me