You do not need access to a full gym or a big block of time to get in a good workout. Hopefully we know that by now. Truthfully, I think 30 minutes is my sweet spot when it comes to solo strength workouts (as opposed to group exercise). After that I start dilly-dallying, looking at my phone and wanting a change of scenery. Yet when I go into a workout with a plan, my motivation is stronger and my mindset is more focused.
Tends to happen when you plan in general, right?
Fitness-wise my life has been a little different from normal (I’ll update soon) but the common denominator still is, and always will be, making exercise enjoyable. For me, enjoyable means changing things up and getting out of my comfort zone.
In an effort to bust workout boredom I came up with 26 exercises that start with every letter of the alphabet. I had to get creative with a few letters but that adds to the fun. I’ve seen “alphabet” workouts before but the exercises don’t correspond to the letter, which should be the point of the if you’re going to go from A to Z!
You only need one medium-to-heavy kettlebell (or dumbbell, if necessary). Set a stopwatch close by and complete every exercise for 1 minute. If you need a transition period maybe stop at 45ish seconds to re-group. One minute doesn’t sound too awful, but some of these bodyweight moves are hard…i.e. the burpees and commandos right off the bat! But “you can do anything for one minute” is what I tell myself. Laughing helps too.
Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer, please modify as needed. This is meant to be inspiration for you as a way to break workout boredom. Consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen.
And, because it’s fun to make visuals, here is a graphic with all the exercises put together. I’ve linked to a few demo videos below for the trickier moves (turkish get-ups, for example).
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Elbow to knee
Inch worm push-up