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This week, Serena brings us Climb the ladder! – a killer workout that can be done anywhere and doesn’t require any equipment. Yup, totally free – all you need is the motivation to start!
Here is a workout that you can do anywhere! This no-equipment circuit is sure to make you break a sweat and not spend a dime! I am such a huge fan of no-equipment workouts personally because I had my biggest physical transformation by doing strictly bodyweight movements!
For this workout, you will increase the amount of reps you do every round—also called a ladder! The goal is to complete as many reps as possible of the following exercises:
Burpees | Commandos | Snap Jumps | Reverse Lunge with Knee Up
For burpees—I recommend jumping down into a pushup position and then lowering your body all the way to the ground. This will give you more of a full body exercise since you will be adding in a pushup!
Commandos are an AMAZING core exercise. You will start in a push up position and you will lower your body to a plank on your elbows using one arm at a time. Then in similar fashion, you will push your body back up to a push up position—that is one rep. In this workout, you can make each commando set the total number that you do (5 total commandos—not 5 each arm) OR if you would like an extra challenge, you can count out the reps completed per side! (That would be 5 reps per side for these babies!)
Snap jumps will work your abs and your shoulders. Start by placing your hands on the ground as close to your feet as you can—make sure you bend your knees to do this! To complete a rep, you will jump your feet back so that you land in a push up position, and then jump back to your hands. The goal on your first jump is to land with your body in a straight line, keeping your core tight and your butt down! On the jump back to your hands, use your abs to jump as close to your hands as possible!
Reverse lunges with knee up will give you some leg and glute action. Start by standing and lunging backward with one leg. Make sure you keep your front knee directly over your ankle and keep your weight in that front heel. From there, you will swing your back leg up and through to a 90-degree angle in front of you. Concentrating all your weight in your front heel will work that booty! As with the commandos, you can complete total reps between your two legs, of for an added challenge you can do the amount of reps per leg!
This workout gets tougher and tougher as you progress! You will want to push yourself as you get into the higher-rep rounds. See if you can make it to the round of 30! Enjoy!
Serena is a fitness blogger and personal trainer. Her mission is to spread positivity and mental health awareness through her Instagram account and blog. Connect with her on Instagram.