Sometime in March, I was introduced to this video (seen in the top left) by my workout partner @sulayr. The video was recorded during Spain's lockdown on a roof in Valencia (that looks a lot like many of the roofs) by a personal trainer, who I guess was missing his workouts at the gym and wanted to share a routine whilst they were closed.
He recorded three videos in total, but this is the one we have been following at least once a week since then. I would class the workout as HIIT, with a large focus on the legs and abs. Like many guys, leg days always felt like more of a chore and as I used to play football, jog, ride a bike quite frequently, I never really bothered to spend too much time doing leg focused routines.
Initially, at least for me, this routine was super tough. If you notice, the guy is wearing/using a backpack weighing 12 kg for some of the exercises, and it was after a month or so of trying to emulate him (with less weight), that my knees started to get really sore, to the point where it hurt to get off the sofa.
I soldiered on, but since July and @sulayr's physio telling her she shouldn't be applying extra weight to squats (someone else has dodgy knees due to years of volleyball), we removed the backpack from the routine and my knees have gotten back to how they felt at the beginning of the year.
The single leg squats half way through are still an absolute killer, and I still struggle to keep pace with the instructor and my partner during this part of the routine. Slowly though, my legs and ass are getting stronger and this workout is probably the main reason for that.
There are also a couple of floor exercises that require a sold core and if you skip to 27 minutes on the link to the video in real time below, you will see what I mean.
I have come to love the 'mountain climbers' (28:30), although I am told that i'm cheating as my ass is 'too high' and taking the focus away from the core as my body isn't in a straight line. Personally, I just think my workout buddy is jealous at the speed I do them :P (but I'm probably cheating a little!).
On that, what I have learned from this routine and the other workouts we do is that if you focus on doing the exercises properly, it is much tougher than just going through the motions. Yoga is a prime example of this too - even the 'basic' warrior poses start to burn if you squat down to the desired 90 degree bend at the knees.
Not only is this a fun and complete exercise, it also has some pretty funky music to accompany it, if you like Trap/Reggaeton that is :) I'm hoping that at some point, Ginabot notifies me that someone has decided to follow one of these routines I've uploaded of late and uploaded a video. Who's going to be first?
Enjoy the weekend!