Your workout regimen doesn’t have to fit into a single box.
Want to build muscle? Most people do, in some form or another. Want to take out your stress with powerful movements? Absolutely—what more necessary cause for activity exists in 2020? But you can also find a way to bake in calm, soothing physical activity to your routine, too.
This hybrid yoga-strength training program can do just that, mashing up stretching and poses with kettlebell exercises for an effective one-two punch of a workout. Take on the two parts together, or standalone for a quick session when you’re short on time.
Part 1: Decompress
Directions: Do 3 rounds of this circuit, resting 20 seconds between each move, then do Part 2. Tight on time? One round will loosen and relax your body.
1. Supine Spinal Stretch
You’ll loosen your lower back and your hips, too.
Lie on your back, arms and legs out-stretched. Raise your right knee to your chest, and place your hands on it. Keep your shoulder blades on the floor as you allow your knee to fall to the floor on the left side, turning your head to the right. Hold for 45 to 60 seconds, then repeat. Do 3 reps per side.
2. Low Lunge to Half Split
You’ll relax your hamstrings and hip flexors and loosen your hips.
Start in pushup position. Step your right foot outside your right hand and drop
your left knee to the floor. Sink your hips downward, reaching your chest upward. Exhale and slide your hips backward, straightening your right leg and reaching forward. Inhale and shift back into the lunge. Repeat for 5 reps; switch sides.
3. 90-90 Stretch
Stretch your hip flexors and quads.
Sit with your right outer thigh on the floor in front of you, your left inner thigh on the floor, and your left foot behind you, knees bent at 90 degrees. Square your hips so they face your right shin. Inhale and reach your chest over your right shin. Hold for 45 to 60 seconds. Repeat, switching leg positions.
4. Thread the Needle
You’ll relax your chest and shoulders.
Start on all fours. Reach your left arm overhead. Slide it down and through the opening between your right arm and your legs. Relax your left shoulder and ear to the floor, bending your hips if you need to. Hold for 45 to 60 seconds; switch sides and repeat.
Part 2: De-Stress
Directions: Do this as a 3-round circuit. Work for 30 seconds, then rest for 60 seconds for each exercise. Warm up with 1 minute of jumping jacks.
5. Kettlebell Swing
You’ll build glute power—and that always feels good.
Start standing, torso…