Welcome to Day 3 of our Balanced Strength Challenge—a well-rounded fitness journey aimed at enhancing your muscular endurance and overall body strength. Today’s workout routine is a dynamic blend of isometric holds, lower body toning, and core strengthening exercises, each carefully selected to complement the previous days’ efforts and challenge your body in new ways. Prepare to engage with a series of movements that will not only sculpt and define but also boost your stamina and stability.

Our Day 3 lineup includes the High Plank and Wall Sit, which will test your core and lower body endurance, while Supported Lunges and Calf Raises target key muscle groups in your legs for that extra burn. We’ll also be incorporating Chair Squats to improve your lower body strength, and IYT Raises to work those often-neglected upper back muscles. Rounding off today’s session, we have the Superman Hold and Toe Taps, exercises that are sure to ignite your core and get your heart pumping.

Remember, we’re following an interval-based circuit format to maximize efficiency and fat burn. Each exercise is to be performed for 40 seconds, with a brief 10-second rest in between to catch your breath and prepare for the next set. This rhythm is designed to keep your heart rate elevated and ensure you’re getting the most out of your workout time.

Stay focused, and let’s power through this together! The Balanced Strength Challenge is all about progress and perseverance. Keep your goals in sight and push through each interval with determination. Ready? Let’s get to it and conquer Day 3 with unwavering strength and spirit!

 

Day 3 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) High Plank for 40 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

2) Wall Sit for 40 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

3) Supported Lunges for 40 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

Circuit 2-  Do the circuit 3 times

4) Calf Raises for 40 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

5) Chair Squat for 40 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

6) IYT Raise for 40 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

Circuit 3-  Do the circuit 3 times

7) Superman Hold for 40 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

8) High Plank for 40 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

9) Toe Taps for 40 Sec

Instructions: 

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and arms at your sides.
  • Lift one foot off the ground and tap the toe of the opposite foot lightly on the ground.
  • Tap the toe of the opposite foot lightly on the ground 8 times quickly.
  • Switch feet and repeat the same steps.
  • Continue alternating feet, tapping the toe of the opposite foot 8 times quickly.
 

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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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