Have you ever heard of a finisher in regards to a workout?
I first read about it over at MidWest Fitness… Somewhere in there awhile back they wrote a little note about finishers.
In my mind, a finisher is just a good way to actively close out a workout. I think they are used after cardio to get a little extra raise of your heart rate, but really I don’t remember.
Anyway, I’ve been adding what I like to call my own finisher to my workouts (at 5 am!) this week. You should probably try adding one to the end of your workout. It’s fun and works your whole body, but isn’t overly-strenuous.
- opposite knee to elbow standing holding weighted plate (10-12 each side)
- Holding plate in front of you, point left toe out to your side (touching the ground) raise left knee up to meet right elbow, with a twist in your waist; repeat 12 times and switch sides (if I didn’t explain well, ask me! I’ll try to do better!).
- stability ball tucks x12 (to make the move easier, put more of your leg on the ball!)
- stability ball squats x12 (simply squat low enough so butt touches ball and pop back up)
[repeat 5 times!]
Annnnd…. This just cracks me up:
The next finisher I do is for your abs, but I usually add 3 minutes of high incline TM lunges (treadmill at full incline 1.3 speed).
- laying leg lifts with 25 pound plate held above chest (x15)
- 1 min low plank
- 30 seconds creature crawl
- I’m sure there is a technical name for this, but this is what I call it… Get in high plank position (arms straight under shoulders) and bring each knee to same elbow (left to left then right to right). Alternate sides.