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What if you were stuck on a deserted island with no gym equipment? You could still get in a great workout.
My favorite workout routine requires little to no equipment. It is perfect for island-dwelling folk.
This workout has it all: intervals, cardio, strength and core, all in a short, sweet package. There is pulling, pushing, swinging and planks.
The workout is a circuit that is done with little to no rest all the way through. You could challenge yourself and perform one full circuit with no rest or make it more manageable and take 30 seconds to one minute of rest in between exercises.
The goal would be to complete this circuit 2-3 times. It is challenging, but if your goal is to build strength and increase cardiovascular health and core stability, this workout is the one to bring to your deserted island.
Just make sure your island has food and water before getting started and check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
The following is an outline of my favorite workout:
Exercise 1 – Cardio (1 min)
Exercise 2 – Upper Body (1 min)
Exercise 3 – Lower Body (1 min)
Exercise 4 – Core (1 min)
Exercise 5 – Upper Body (1 min)
Exercise 6 – Lower Body (1 min)
The workout can certainly be tweaked, especially if you have access to a gym and equipment. The basics remain the same, though. Another great perk is that this works for all fitness levels.
For me, I love to do kettlebell swings for my cardio exercise, barbell bench press and close-grip cable pulldowns for upper body, stability ball pikes for core and, lastly, TRX lunges and machine kneeling leg curls for my lower body. You would just need to adjust the time of the exercises/rest time and exercises themselves.
Is this the perfect workout? No. Is this the perfect deserted island workout? Yes, and I will argue this with no one — because I’m on a deserted island, remember.
Need help with your workout routine? A fitness specialist can help you develop a fitness program that works for you.
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