October: Halloween Month!
*Dance Student Calendar back by popular demand!*
October has four calendars: a basic version for the average reader, one for beginners with frequent rest days, one for students that asks you to do more working out on the weekends, and one for dancers (or anyone else working on flexibility) that includes stretch days.
The directions are simple: find the current date on the calendar, see what workout(s) it asks for, and pick one from each section listed for that date. For example, if today it says “Arms” and “General,” I’d find an arm workout and a general workout to do today.
If you’d like to write about your experiences during the month or see how others are doing, please use the tag “BoP: October”. By all using this tag, we can see what others are doing during the month and send others encouragement along the way. Let’s all support each other on our journeys! (If you’re not on Tumblr but still use these calendars, feel free to update us on the Back On Pointe Facebook Page or the Back On Pointe Fitocracy Group! Or, post on Instagram or Twitter!)
During the month, remember that you should take as many rest days as you need, modify any workouts that you cannot do, stay hydrated, get more low-intensity cardio, and eat well.
p.s. Any of the calendars can be modified. If you are training for a half-marathon, feel free to count that as your cardio on cardio days. If you’re sore in the arms from helping a friend move, substitute a butt workout instead. It’s all about you!Click “Read More” for the workouts!(At the bottom there are also a handful of links to good stretching videos for the Dance Student Calendar if you want to mix up your routine!)
A HIIT workout using some dumbbells, a kettlebell, or some heavy books! Set your timer and get sweating!
HIIT = High Intensity Interval Training
Short but intense workouts that are way more effective at helping you burn fat, build muscle mass and improve body strength & conditioning (no more being out of breath from walking up a flight of stairs!)
Don’t recognize a workout? Put the name into the YouTube browser and tons of videos with proper form will pop up.
Here’s an easy little 31 day abs program for all of you. It makes use of 4 of the top exercises for the abdominals and obliques based off of scientific research. These exercises have been shown to product significantly more muscle activation than a standard crunch. Though some might argue that there are other ab exercises you should be doing. If you are looking for a good place to start that doesn’t require a lot of equipment, give this workout a try. If you are doing the 31 day perfect butt program you can easily include this workout as a part of your plan by simply including it on the day after your lower body workout. Feel free to print these two images out and post them on your wall.