Without even realizing it, you probably do squats, bicep curls and core exercises every day just by sitting, standing and moving through life. But when you do notice your muscles burning simply by climbing a few stairs or moving a bag from the floor to your counter, that’s when putting in some work at the gym will help.
One guy who understands how to make lifting, carrying and swinging heavy objects a bit more doable: John Colaneri, co-host of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, who regularly redesigns kitchens. (Yes, that means demolishing cabinets and floors, transporting weighty equipment and building everything right back up.) But besides transforming cooking spaces into super chic dining rooms, he’s also a fitness buff. Colaneri knows how to get his abs, arms and legs stronger to make his job (and your everyday life) easier. That’s where his “Kitchen Renovation” workout comes in.
To toughen up your entire body, Colaneri mimics the muscle-building moves you’ll see at any of his construction sites. You’ll sledgehammer (aka swing a medicine ball across your body), lug heavy tools (or walk with kettlebells, both by your side and overhead) and look for fallen nails (in other words, do a spiderman push-up) Our favorite part: Almost every move includes a stability challenge to fire up your core. In fact, the final “clean up” will have your abs screaming — in a good way, of course.
Your Total-Body Strength Training Workout
Ready to get started on your home-work? Perform these eight exercises for 45 seconds each, followed by 15 seconds of rest. Then repeat for three to five rounds.
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