Welcome to Day 2 of Your Balanced Strength Challenge

Embark on the second day of your fitness journey with a focus on stability and endurance. Today’s workout routine is crafted to challenge your core, enhance your balance, and fortify your lower body. As part of the Balanced Strength Challenge, you’ll be engaging in a series of exercises designed to work different muscle groups in a harmonious symphony, promoting overall strength and poise.

Today’s Dynamic Circuit

Prepare to tackle an interval-based circuit that seamlessly integrates a variety of movements to keep your body guessing and your muscles engaged. The lineup for today includes the Dead Bug, High Plank, Wall Sit, Supported Lunges, Calf Raises, Chair Squat, IYT Raise, and the Superman Hold. Each exercise is geared toward building a solid foundation, with the High Plank making a second appearance to reinforce core stability.

Interval-Based Challenge

Stay motivated as you push through 30 seconds of active exercise followed by a mere 10 seconds of rest. This fast-paced structure is designed to maximize your workout efficiency while allowing just enough recovery to maintain the intensity throughout the session. Remember, consistency is key, and each second brings you closer to the strength and balance you’re striving for. Let’s get ready to power through Day 2 with determination and grit!

 

Day 2 of Balanced Strength Challenge

Prior to commencing your workout, it's essential to incorporate a brief warm-up routine. Spend around 5 minutes either doing some brisk walking in place or strolling around your house.

This pre-workout warm-up helps prepare your body for exercise, increasing blood flow and flexibility to reduce the risk of injury and enhance overall performance.

Balanced Strength Challenge

Equipment Suggestion

Circuit 1-  Do the circuit 3 times

1) Dead Bug for 30 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Lie flat on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent.
  • Raise your arms directly in the air.
  • Keep your low back pressed into the ground, pull in your belly button towards your spine, and press your lower back flat against the floor.
  • From there, slowly lower your right leg until it just hovers above the ground.
  • At the same time, lower your left arm until it is just above the ground.
  • Return to the starting position, and repeat on the other side.
 

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Rest for 10 Sec

2) High Plank for 30 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Start with your hands shoulder-width apart on the floor and extended in front of you.
  • Tuck your toes and step or jump back to a plank position.
  • Pull your belly button in towards your spine to stabilize your core.
  • Squeeze your glutes and quads and ensure your shoulders, hips, and heels are in a straight line.
  • Make sure your head is in line with your spine and look at a spot on the floor about a foot beyond your hands
  • Maintain the plank position while breathing deeply for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • To come out of the plank, lower yourself to the floor one vertebrae at a time.
 

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Rest for 10 Sec

3) Wall Sit for 30 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Stand with your back against a wall in a comfortable and upright position.
  • Slowly slide down the wall until your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle.
  • Make sure your feet are planted firmly on the floor in shoulder width apart.
  • Allow your arms to drop to your sides.
  • Hold this position for as long as you can.
  • When you can no longer maintain the position, slowly and calmly slide back up the wall and stand.
 

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Rest for 10 Sec

Circuit 2-  Do the circuit 3 times

4) Supported Lunges for 30 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Place your hands on your hips or stretch them out in front of you.
  • Bend your knees and lower your body down, keeping your back straight.
  • Pause when your front leg forms a 90-degree angle and your back knee is close to the floor.
  • Push off your front leg and return to the starting position.
  • Repeat with the opposite leg.
 

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Rest for 10 Sec

5) Calf Raises for 30 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Stand up straight with your feet shoulder width apart
  • Raise up onto the balls of your feet as high as you can, lifting your heels off the ground
  • Hold for a moment before lowering your heels back to the ground
  • Repeat the exercises for desired number of reps
 

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Rest for 10 Sec

6) Chair Squat for 30 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Stand up straight and bring your feet about shoulder-width apart.
  • Lower your hips and bend your knees, as if you are about to sit in a chair.
  • Continue to lower until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  • While keeping your back as straight as possible, press through your heels and stand up.
  • Repeat the movement for as many repetitions as desired.
 

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Rest for 10 Sec

Circuit 3-  Do the circuit 3 times

7) IYT Raise for 30 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Gather your materials IYT Raise worksheet, a pencil, and a timer.
  • Set your timer for three minutes.
  • Find a comfortable spot to sit.
  • Take a few deep breaths and relax your body.
  • Read the IYT Raise worksheet and think about each question.
  • Once the timer is up, take a few moments to reflect on your answers and feelings.
  • Write down any thoughts on the IYT Raise worksheet.
  • When you’re finished, you can share your insights with someone else or keep them to yourself.
 

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Rest for 10 Sec

8) Superman Hold for 30 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Stand with your feet slightly over a shoulder-width apart.
  • Raise your arms out to your sides with your palms facing forward in a Superman pose.
  • Engage your core muscles by slightly tilting your pelvis forward and squeezing your stomach muscles.
  • Tighten all your muscles and hold this position for 15-20 seconds or as long as you can.
  • Release the tension in your body and lower your arms.
 

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Rest for 10 Sec

9) High Plank for 30 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Start with your hands shoulder-width apart on the floor and extended in front of you.
  • Tuck your toes and step or jump back to a plank position.
  • Pull your belly button in towards your spine to stabilize your core.
  • Squeeze your glutes and quads and ensure your shoulders, hips, and heels are in a straight line.
  • Make sure your head is in line with your spine and look at a spot on the floor about a foot beyond your hands
  • Maintain the plank position while breathing deeply for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • To come out of the plank, lower yourself to the floor one vertebrae at a time.
 

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Rest for 10 Sec

Cool Down and Stretching

After completing your workout, it's crucial to follow up with an effective cool-down routine. Take a leisurely 5-minute walk around to gradually lower your heart rate and help your body recover. Alternatively, you can opt for static stretches to release muscle tension and improve flexibility.

This cool-down phase is essential for reducing post-workout soreness and promoting a sense of well-being, making it an important part of any exercise regimen.


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