Why You Need Combo Exercises
I wrote recently about plyometric exercises and why they should be avoided as a new mom. And while that is something I truly believe, it doesn’t mean I don’t think you can increase the intensity of your workouts! In fact, I am firm believer in progressing your workout routines, I just think there are lots of different avenues to do it 😉 And combo exercises are a great way to boost strength as well as ramp up your intensity in your workouts.
There’s a reason I love training with weights most of all. Not only do they make you naturally feel like a badass but they improve your strength, performance and physique so very nicely- you can read about the benefits of resistance training here! That said, many people struggle on how to make workouts a bit harder without jacking up the weight.
The truth is, there are a lot of ways to boost the intensity of a workout: through volume (more sets or reps), pauses, eccentric training, plyometrics etc … and through using Combo Exercises.
This type of training is perfect when you want to switch up your workouts, you’re short on time or you just need the biggest bang for your buck.
So what is a combo exercise?
It’s when when you take two basic exercises and mush them together to create one fluid movement. This doesn’t mean jumping, just two basic exercises.
For example, a squat and press is a combo exercise- and one that let’s you hit a ton of muscles in one movement.One of my favorite perks is that because you’re hitting so many muscle groups at once you tend to bring your heart rate up as well which helps keep your intensity high throughout your workout.
So if I haven’t sold you on why you need combo exercises in your workout programs, below are a few of the benefits broken down even further!
Combo Exercises Boost Intensity
If you’re finding that you’ve become decently strong in the basics of squatting, pushing, hinging and pulling you may be wondering how to boost intensity in your workouts. Combo exercises are one way you can accomplish that! They make your body work a bit harder to double up on the exercise and often leave you feeling a bit more breathless or sweaty than you normally would.
With the combination of two exercise your heart has to work harder to do it all, these exercises tend to bring your heart rate up which is a nice intensity boost and great for your cardiovascular system all without doing traditional cardio!
That said, before you mashing exercises together though, make sure you know how to perform the exercises separately first.
They Save Time
As a mom, time is a precious, gold like substance. You don’t have a lot of it and you need to maximize what you do have.
Combo exercises do just that! Because they are two exercises in one your workouts are normally a bit shorter because they’re also a bit intense. If you need something quick, sweaty and effective combo exercises are a great way to go!
They Change The Stimulus
When adding combo exercises to your training your body has to perform the basic movements in a new way. This changes the stimulus to your body and thus keeps it progressing. Your body will all of a sudden have to stabilize a bit differently and will have to work a bit harder to do so.
They may also need to pause in a position that’s difficult or slow down in another. Adding these into your training is an awesome way to switch up your style.
Have I sold you on combo exercises yet? I hope so! Using combination exercises is a magnificent way to get a great muscle challenging workout in a short amount of time. And while there are lots of possibilities for exercise selection, here are four of my favorites
- Squat and press
- Lunge and press out
- Lunge & Bicep Curl To Shoulder Press
- Romanian deadlift to bentover row
- Squat With Parlof Press
- Plank row
Below is a video of my four favorites if you need the visual!
Don’t forget to pin the benefits of combo exercises!
So there you are, a new fast effective way to ramp up your workouts a bit. Keep your body, and your goals, progressing by making use of combo exercises in your training program. They’re fast, effective and fun!
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