Why you should keep your workouts simple and a circus-inspired core workout

Hey there,

In my experience, most people overcomplicate fitness.

They’re always looking for something new and different, seeking out the next fitness fad that will finally get them into shape.

This usually results in a yo-yo exercise habit full of stops and starts. Unsurprisingly, this approach to exercise usually isn’t sustainable in the long run.

Working out doesn’t have to be so complicated. Stick to some variation of the basics:

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Push-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Sprints/intervals
  • Flexibility/mobility
  • Walking

And you’ll be good.

Remember that ultimately, the best form of fitness is the one that you’ll do — not just today, but day after day, and year after year.

And if you do want some more variety, think about adding a new skill or sport to your athletic arsenal to keep things fun and interesting!

What I’m reading —

Memory Improvement: How to Improve Your Memory in Just 30 Days by Ron White

This is a super cool book by a memory champion with actionable ways to help you improve your memory. The lessons are short — most won’t take you more than ten minutes to do — and designed to be completed once a day for thirty days. I’ve found it both extremely helpful and fun.

What I’m listening to —

Dr. Michael Gervais – The Pioneer / Shadow Boxing with Dr. Chris Bertram and Dr. Sarah Sarkis

Such a dream team in this podcast — I’m friends with all three psychologists and think the world of them. In this episode, Sarah and Chris ask Michael about the life lessons he’s learned from surfing.

If you want to understand what you’re capable of, you have to push the limits of your potential. Surfing is one way to do that — but you can choose any craft, from a sport, to a musical instrument, to another hobby or life pursuit. The key is to choose something!

A quote that inspires me —

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” — Michael Jordan

What I’m training — 

Here’s a fun circus-inspired core workout to try!

Three new workouts —

Conditioning Kickboxing HIIT Workout (12-minute, plyo box or equivalent, heavy bag optional)

Plyo Power 12-Minute AMRAP Workout (AMRAP, plyo box or equivalent)

330 Rep Medicine Ball Slam Workout (Time challenge, medicine ball)

You can get these and all future workouts right in the 12 Minute Athlete app when you subscribe as a Super Athlete.

Questions? Feedback? Content requests?

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– Krista

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