We didn’t come this far, JUST to come this far.
These words are my personal life philosophy and I have stood firmly grounded on them as I navigate life.
I have never felt more complete as I do when I am helping others reach their goals through fitness. My mission transcends past fitness goals and extends into your personal life. Once you see your true potential, you begin to understand what is in the realm of the possible in all aspects of your life. Why? Because you also didn’t get this far just to get this far.
Your goals may have absolutely nothing to do with fitness, but I promise you that once you prove to yourself that you can do something physical that you once thought impossible, it’ll spark a fire that makes you think what else might be possible.
For today’s workout I’m going to ask that you think about a goal you’re working towards. It can be a physical goal, or a mental one. There is no right or wrong answer. I’ll go first: I have a big scary goal to sky dive. It is the most terrifying thought in the world for me, an over-worrying single mom who is scared of everything. And that’s why it’s one of my goals. I have made steps towards reaching this goal. Don’t laugh, but I have prepared by watching YouTube videos, gone to indoor sky diving centers where they recreate the feeling in a wind tunnel, and there is still more work to be done. Today’s workout is a reminder that I can’t stop there. Neither can you. Whatever your big scary goal, we’ve have got to continue to intentionally move in that direction.
Today’s workout is something I call, you didn’t get this far to get this far. It is a total body workout that requires only yourself and a mat. With warm-up and stretching, it’ll take no more than 30-minutes of your day but pack a strong punch in a short time. It’s quick, effective, and powerful. We will work towards our ‘limits’ and then I’ll prove to you that we can push that ‘limit’ a little further. Here’s the structure of the workout:
The first minute of each new set you will count the amount of reps you are able to complete of the specified exercise. For the first set, you will count Squats. Remember that number.
You will then transition directly into Toe Touch for 50 reps. This is a little something I call a rest-er-cise. It allows the muscles you just engaged to rest while you are still working to strengthen elsewhere.
Once your 50 Toe Touches are complete, you will have two minutes to repeat the amount of reps completed from the first exercise, and then half of those reps for the additional exercise. For example, if you completed 40 squats in the first minute, you would repeat 40 squats and then 20 Jump Squats. The goal is complete that within 2-minutes.
Repeat steps 1-3 for the remaining 3 sets.
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Caitlin Donato is the National Director of Programming and Fitness at Tough Mudder Bootcamp. She is an expert at fitness programming within the studio fitness space. Her approach is grounded in the principle that there is not only a science that must be applied to ensure results, but there is also an art to fitness programming.