If you are anything like me, you try to fit as much as you can into whatever amount of time you have, whether it’s a work deadline, a vacation or even your workout!
Multitasking during your workout can be beneficial not only to the muscles you are training, but also your focus and balance.
Our move today is a close squat with bicep curls. You will need a set of light-to-medium hand weights and you will be working your biceps, quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes.
Begin this combination exercise by gripping your weights in each hand. Holding your chest tall and engaging your core, extend both arms straight down by your sides with your palms facing forward. Position your feet right at hip width, with your toes facing forward.
Now, it is time to move!
Start to lower your rear end into your squatting position. And at the same time begin to bend in your elbows, bringing the hand weights up to a full contraction, aiming for shoulder level. Lower your squat to the deepest point, that you can efficiently push out of to return to the start.
Remember to keep your knees behind your toes and imagine sitting into a chair.
Continue this combination of bicep curls and squats at least 10 times. Take a small break, and even possibly increase weights if you need a little more resistance for your next set. And if at any time the weight becomes too heavy, simply decrease the size of your hand weights.
Give yourself three to five sets of this squat and curl motion. This move is great when added to other combination exercises to create a full body workout or, as always, perfect on its own!
— Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at email@example.com