What's in a name? A lot, actually. These exercises are fun to talk about and they can also give you fabulous results, so why not give them a try?
1. Kettlebell Swing
Come on, who didn't love playing on the swing when they were a kid? The wind in your hair, the movement of your body, everything about it is care free. Combine that memory with the action of the kettlebell and you can work muscles all over your body. The kettlebell swing is all about you—the weights react to your movements, giving you a dynamic workout that burns a ton of calories, with better results than standard weight training. A good starting point for women is an 18-pound weight, while for guys it's 35.
Movement is fun, but the deadlift is also worth it's weight—dead weight, that is. The name comes from the fact that you are lifting something motionless (dead) off of the ground. It's the purest measure of strength and a full-body workout, and it is also a basic human movement. You actually lift dead weight all the time, picking your kid up off the floor or moving a piece of furniture, so go ahead and try it out at the gym. Be careful, because form counts for everything with this type of exercise. Rounding your spine when doing heavy deadlifting can cause serious back injuries, so make sure to keep your lower back neutral if you want to lift effectively and build muscle while also staying safe.
3. Mountain Climber
Ok, you may not get a view of the Swiss Alps while doing this exercise, but you will work your core and lower body while also getting some cardio in and increasing your strength and pelvic mobility. Plus, you can work your whole body without using any exercise equipment! To do the exercise, start out in traditional plank position with your core engaged. Then, bring your right knee forward under your chest with toes just off the ground. Switch legs, and you'll feel like you're climbing Mt. Everest in no time.
If you've seen the movie, you already know how this exercise looks. A really effective exercise that works everything from your butt and lower back to your hips and shoulders, the superman hold is a favorite of celebrities including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, and Megan Fox. Just lay on the floor, extending your legs as far back and your arms as far forward as possible, while keeping your spine, head and neck in a neutral position. Lift your arms and legs without arching your back, making sure to hold for 15 seconds so that your whole posterior is engaged. For best results, do three sets of 12.
Working out is a lot more fun when you're playing on the swings, going mountain climbing, lifting weights or developing your super powers. Incorporating these exercises into your fitness routine can give you great results, and you might end up with a smile on your face to boot!