We all know the value of exercise. Some of us attend the gym more faithfully than church. But we are all biologically programmed to avoid it like the plague: sweaty, uncomfortable, time consuming — drudgery. Our ancestors had to do it to survive, then they rested. We don’t run to survive, so we really get the rest part of the equation right. So for many exercise is a tough slog.
Victoria Vitality recommends a trainer (at least for the first month). This helps you to keep your appointment for the gym and guides you to safe and effective exercises.
However, even without the trainer or the gym, this workout is both a good place to start your health journey and it is as portable as you are. All you need is a floor and nobody around to laugh at you! This is the easiest way to get started on high-quality exercise. Or if you are already in pretty good shape, it is a go-anywhere, challenging HIIT workout.
“Bobby MAXIMUS”: just the sound of his name is about all you need to know about how demanding this drill can be. He does reps downhill from 10: you do all 5 exercises: 10 of each, then 9 of each, then 8 of each…
- Air Squat
I just did the 10 reps to 1 rep & barely survived. Don’t give up hope! 4 good things you can use “going to the MAX(IMUS)”:
- Do this anywhere (that somebody won’t call an ambulance based on how you look at the end).
- Takes 20-25 minutes for the full 10 to 1 drill, so pretty time-sparing.
- Exercises are classic & everybody has done them (even if only in physical education class where you hated them). So this set is very familiar They are low impact so not much danger of injury.
- Best reason of all – you can go backwards (start at 1, progress to 10) but quit when too exhausted or exceeding your target training heart rate (VO2max minus 10-15%). Perfect for starting out and an automatic goal, top finish the entire drill when you build up to it.
The best-ever classic intro to exercise: just walk 10 minutes twice a day. Good for you at so many levels.
To your health!