Why You Should Be Doing 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. Combination 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! That said, many people struggle on how to make workouts a bit harder without jacking up the weight.
And while there are many options (rest times, supersets, circuits etc) today I thought I’d touch on combo exercises!
Combination exercises are when you take two basic exercises and mush them together to create one fluid movement. This doesn’t mean jumping, just two basic exercises.
There are three reasons I love putting combo exercises in programs:
Reason #1 – 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 do just 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.
Again, before you mashing exercises together though, make sure you know how to perform the exercises separately first.
Reason #2- Combo Exercises 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!
Reason #3- Combo Exercises 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.
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
- Romanian deadlift to bentover row
- Plank row
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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!
What’s your favorite combo exercise?
Looking for more workout tips? Check out Why Mamas Need Muscles & My Favorite Exercises To Target Glutes!