JOE's Summer Workouts: a home circuit for when you can't get to the gym
Whether you're headed away for the summer holidays with the lads and won't get near a gym, or stuck in a hotel room with work and need to get a quick workout in, JOE has your sorted with this home circuit
We've all had those times where we know that we're not going to get to the gym, be it because we're too busy at work, or we're headed away for a bit of well-earned time off.
Still, that's no reason to let the fitness levels drop, so personal trainer Anthony Lynch of Raw Condition Gym in Dublin runs us through a quick circuit to keep you in top form.
For the circuits, instead of doing a set amount of reps on each exercise, you can choose to do as many as you can of each exercise in a set amount of time. For instance, you can choose 30-40 seconds, and see how many reps you can get in, or even go as long as a minute for each one if you're feeling brave.
With the planks (seeing as three different versions of it are featured in here), hold the position for the same amount of time as you've chosen for each of the other exercises.
Alternatively, if you prefer and you find it easier to keep count instead of keeping time, you can choose to do between 10-12 reps of each exercise, and aim to hold the plank positions for 30-40 seconds each. The key here, as always, is going to be form, so make sure that you keep the correct position for all the exercises, and if you feel your form starting to flag, then take a break.
Try to perform the full circuit all the way through to the end before taking a water break or rest period, and make sure to keep the breaks down to between 60-90 seconds.
We tried this when we were away ourselves recently, and it was a serious workout. Bring a towel, you're going to sweat quite a bit.