Having more time to create new workouts has been beneficial for not only me, but each and every member that walks into the gym. I'm able to give them a brand new workout each time, and one that is likely to push them out of their comfort zone, and a little bit closer to seeing what they're truly capable of. I love those kinds of workouts... the ones where members walk out of the gym thinking, "Damn, did I really just do that.... I didn't think I had it in me, but I do." They leave feeling more confident in themselves, and proud to have made it to the gym for an hour of their day. I never want anyone to leave feeling defeated. That's not why I'm a trainer. I want everyone to feel as if they have accomplished something, even if they had to modify, because eventually they'll be able to do it, without the modification, with heavier weights, or quicker time.
On Wednesdays, I'm able to do strength classes, where I incorporate weights and other fitness equipment. I usually do bootcamp style circuits, or terabit style weight routines, but there have been a ton of people lately (which is awesome!), and I decided to switch it up. This week I decided to focus on their shoulders, and abs, with a little cardio thrown in the mix. I gave them 10 minutes to complete as many rounds as they could do - 4 moves 10-20 reps each, cardio in the middle for time, the quicker they finished, the more rest they would get, then we would do another 4 moves 10-20 reps, as many rounds in 10 minutes. It was KILLER. Sweat was dripping on the floor, and the looks I got proved that it was a tough workout to push through. I wanted to show everyone that sometimes I'll be there to push them, but other times, it's all on them. They have to be internally motivated and determined to finish a tough workout, because the reward is always better when you don't quit.
Try this workout, it should take less than 30 minutes. All you need is a pair of dumbbells and a medicine ball. If you don't have a medicine ball, a kettle bell should work fine!
Remember to TRY something before you say that you can't do it.