Every once in the while, inspiration strikes and I just need to share a workout with you! This one was inspired by my apartment gym (ha). It had a couple different sizes of squishy med balls, and I wanted to play!
After doing an intensive cardio workout, I love to finish my sweat sesh with core exercise. Why? One, it helps bring down my heart rate, kind of like a very moderate cool down (always stretch and do mobility AFTER a finisher such as this one). Two, strong core=strong body. Having core strength:
- Improved sports performance
- Decreases your likelihood of developing low back pain
- Reduces the chance of injury during functional activities
- Decreases recurrence of injury
All very good things if you ask me, especially when you add them to a finisher.
What’s a finisher?
A finisher is a quick, intense burst of activity at the end of your training session that should ramp your heart rate and “finish” off the muscles you just fatigued in your workout.
Why use them?
Incorporating finishers into your workout can increase calorie burn, both during and after your workout. Remember that just a little bit adds up! Adding five minute finishers could be the metabolic lift you need to see results. They also are just plain fun!
For today’s finisher, you can do it without any equipment. I use a medicine ball but you could sub a BOSU, an aerobics step, a DB, or even a large couch cushion for some of the exercises. You could repeat this twice through, time permitting. I was struggling that morning and was running late, so I only did it once.
If any of these exercises are unclear, follow along real time with me on YouTube! My bad for the video quality. I was not planning to film anything, so I didn’t have my tripod. Yay for a makeshift tripod with a DB!
If you try it, let me know! I hope you have as much fun with it as I did. Core exercise is super important to your overall strength, fitness, and lifestyle.
What type of finisher/workout would you like to see?