If you want to start regular exercising at home but you don’t really know how – start with us. We’re going to add one exercise a day for 6 days of the week.

You’ll do something new every day, and every day you’ll do a little bit more. Then take a one-day break for regeneration and start the next week. Week by week, take little steps to be active on a daily basis. You’ll know what to do.

This is Day 5 of Week 51. 

For the final 10 weeks of our 52-week challenge, we combine the best exercises from Weeks 1-42 into full-body routines. You’re more than welcome to join us here. You might also want to check out the complete routines of the previous weeks.

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Week 51: Friday

TO DO TODAY:

  1. General warm-up 3 min.
  2. Dynamic stretching 3 min.
  3. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS 4 x 30 sec.
  4. rest 15 sec.
  5. BUTT BURNOUT 4 x 30 sec.
  6. rest 15 sec.
  7. KNEELING SUPERMAN 4 x 30 sec.
  8. rest 15 sec.
  9. NORDIC HAMSTRING 2 x 30 sec.
  10. rest 15 sec.
  11. SCISSOR ROLL 2 x 30 sec.

Set your REC IT on: Work: 30 sec. Rest: 15 sec. Rounds: 16

The first exercise

MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS – Week 51 starts with a superb classic. It’s mainly for the lower body muscles, the calves, quads and hamstrings, especially, but involves the whole body and increases our speed. As you’ve done the warm-up with dynamic stretching, get into the push up position. Put your right leg bent in knee up to your stomach, go back, do the same with the left one, go back, and repeat. As you master the movement, try to speed up a little bit for a nice dynamic pace of the exercise. Do 4 rounds, 30 seconds each.

An invaluably helpful tutorial from livestrong, as the description may be not enough. Many thanks for this one.

The second exercise

BUTT BURNOUT – for the glutes. Lie on the floor, face down. Twist your hips to lie on your right hip – the chest doesn’t twist, however. Your knees are directed to the left, but your face is directed forward. Keep the knees bent a little, you may put a ball, or a pillow between your left calf and hamstring (but it’s ok if you don’t). Lift the left knee up, as high as you can, hold for a second and go back down. You should feel your glutes and the outer side of the hip burning. After 30 seconds switch sides, and then repeat the whole series (the total of 4 rounds, two on each side).

Thanks to FITNESS Magazine for another great video tutorial.

The third exercise 

KNEELING SUPERMAN – to strengthen your back and core. Kneel on both knees, put your hands on the ground in front of you, so that the whole body is based on the knees and the arms – the shoulders in one line with the hands, the bottom in one line with the knees, the back in line parallel to the ground. At the same time lift the right arm up front and the left leg up straight to back, hold for one second, go back to the starting position, and lift the other arm simultaneously with the other leg. Again, hold for a second, and go back to the starting position. Continue for 30 seconds, do four rounds total.

Here’s a short movie by Kiss Fitness so you know what to do.

The fourth exercise

NORDIC HAMSTRING – for toned hamstrings and slim thighs. You’ll need a bed, heavy sofa, or a closet for this one if there’s no one around who could hold your feet. Also, make sure you do it on a soft ground – a mat would be great. Kneel with your back to the sofa, and put your feet underneath.

Extend your arms up front, brace your abs and glutes and keep your body in one line from the knees to the top of your head. Lean forward as slowly as you can, and as low as you can, holding the body in one line. Do a push-up to bounce back to the kneeling position – with your body still nice and tight. Don’t rush with this one! Perform two series, 30 seconds each.

Here’s a great demonstration video by MarkSandC – he’s lucky enough to do this by the wall bars!

The fifth exercise

SCISSOR ROLL  – an amazing exercise for the abs. Lie on your back. Bend the legs and hold them right under the knees. Roll back in this position, and as you roll up, extend the legs to a kind of V-sit, just with one leg higher than the other. Roll back again, and this time switch the positioning of the legs as you extend. Keep going for 2 rounds, 30 seconds each, switching the legs each time.

Many thanks to FITNESS Magazine for this great move and even greater movie!

Watch your workout video to make sure your legs weren’t too high off the ground when extended. Pay attention to the upper back – make sure it’s nice and straight in the scissor v-sit.

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About Cathy Patalas

The sports soul and the alleged specialist in words of 52Challenges.com. The main 52C Blog writer. A diligent student at the English Department of the University of Wroclaw, majoring in applied linguistics. An ex-acrobat and aerobic gymnast with the 13-year long experience in „training for winning”. A multiple medallist of Poland nationals in acrobatic gymnastics, and academic nationals in aerobic gymnastics. A fan of gymnastics of every existing type. Personally, finds making everyday choices in a healthy lifestyle even more demanding a challenge than making everyday sacrifices in the athlete’s lifestyle.