Tired of your same old ab routine? Ready to mix things up?
Take this core workout challenge and feel a whole new kind of burn!
1 minute straight arm plank
30 second side plank (right)
30 second side plank (left)
1 minute elbow plank
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While my story doesn’t start quite like the rest, my journey at Snap has definitely changed me. Born with congenital heart disease, I’ve spent the better part of my life undergoing heart operations. Whether it was to fix the structure of my heart, or the electrical rhythm of my heart, it has been a lifelong process of trying to get my heart to where it needs to be in order for me to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. While the idea has always been in the back of my mind, I never thought that my heart could actually keep me from having a family. I got married in 2014, and while we spent a couple of years just enjoying the fact that it was the two of us, we eventually decided that it was time that we started to talk about having a family of our own. But with me, decisions can’t just come easy. Everything has to be run by my doctor. I met with a specialist and it seemed to go well because I appear to be a perfectly healthy 27-year-old. Then I got a phone call. “Your ejection fraction [the measurement of the percentage of blood leaving your heart each time it contracts] is too low for us to consider managing you through a pregnancy.” Talk about soul crushing. The 24 hours that followed are still a blur. But it was that heartbreak and anger that drove me to find a second opinion. I did and this specialist demanded I pick up a daily exercise regimen and stick to it as it could improve how my heart functions. While I was intimidated at first, the atmosphere at Snap Fitness Berlin made me feel like I was right at home. It took every single one of those daily workouts, walking three miles every day, to build my tolerance and speed. And here I am, five months later, with an improved ejection fraction thanks to my hour each day at Snap Fitness. My doctor has given me the clear to try for pregnancy. I’m so looking forward to the years to come. If those months could change my heart, and mind, the way they did, the future is going to be bright. Thank you, Snap Fitness!
The vision behind our ‘What’s Your Fit?’ campaign is fueled by our passion to help people to reach their goals and figure out what fitness means to them. By providing a supportive culture, we’re hoping communities feel inspired, while also having fun as they complete these full body workouts.
As part of our ‘What’s Your Fit?’ campaign, expert trainers designed four cardio workouts. They are called cardio workouts because each exercise gets your heart up while also incorporating a mix of body weight and free weight exercises.
These workouts provide overall strength, build muscles, help improve balance and burn calories by combing quick movements that require stability and the use of either body or free weights. These workouts can easily be downloaded as PDFs. Just click the link at the bottom of this post!
45-15: Push yourself for 45 seconds to complete as many quality reps. Rest for 15 seconds between each exercise. 10 total exercises and 3 circuits.