Beginning or getting back into a workout routine can be daunting at any fitness level. Between figuring out what type of workouts to try and deciding where to get started, it's pretty easy to give up before even walking through the gym doors. Weight training is a great place to start getting back in fighting shape. (See: 9 Reasons Every Woman Should Lift Weights)
Aside from the calorie-burning and body-toning benefits, weight training builds bone density, makes day-to-day tasks easier, and can improve your overall quality of life. This workout is a great introduction and consists of six different exercises that target the legs, core, and shoulders. To increase or decrease the difficulty of the routine, simply vary the weights used. (See: 10 Tone Up Tweaks to Get a Better Burn) Happy lifting!
Equipment: Dumbbells (kettlebell optional)
Workout Details: Start with 15 deadlifts (kettlebell or dumbbells) followed by 15 lateral flies, three rounds of each. Round two takes you into 15 reverse lunges on each leg followed by 15 upright rows for three sets each. Finish up with lateral squats (15 on each side), followed by side planks on each side for 30 total seconds, for three rounds.
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