How To Finish Your Workout
Yesterday I shared my current workout program with you, but what I didn’t share is how I end my workouts.
Every now and then I feel like doing a little bit more. You know, giving that little extra push to make sure I really gave it my all. When I feel this way, I end my workout with a metabolic finisher!
A metabolic finisher is an exercise or a series of exercises that are performed at the end of a workout to increase your heart rate.
Metabolic finishers are tough, but I’ve been incorporating them at the end of a couple of my workouts throughout the week and love the way they make me feel – strong, powerful, and like I really gave my workout everything I had!
I’ve also been having fun developing my own finishers and have come up with some pretty great ones! Here are some of the ones I’ve done recently:
20 KB swings (#25 KB), 20 walking lunges (bodyweight) x 4
OH farmer carry (#25 DB for 45 sec.), 30 sec. plank x 4
20 KB swings (#25 KB), 15 goblet squats (#25 KB), 10 burpees x 4
250 m row, rest 30 sec. x 4
Tabata KB swings (#25 KB)
10 inverted rows, 10 burpees x 4
Like I said, I don’t end every single workout of mine with a finisher, but when I’m feeling like I need that extra bit of intensity I will add it in at the end!
I first heard about finishers through Nia Shanks when I read her blog post, Beach Work & Finishers – How To End Your Workout. I love Nia’s approach to fitness, so I’ve incorporated many of her training techniques throughout my training within the past few years, but primarily within my current workout program.
My workout finishers are usually under 5 minutes, but they’re always changing! That’s what I love about them – the possibilities are endless! So, if you’re in need of a short burst of intensity after your workout to make sure you got it all out of your system, try one of the finishers I shared with you today or create your own!
One type of exercise I’ve been wanting to incorporate into my finisher is prowler pushes. I’ve been too intimidated to try them, but maybe today I’ll muster up the courage and attempt it after my leg workout! We’ll see ;)
Do you perform finishers at the end of your workouts? If so, what is a favourite finisher of yours? I’d love to hear it!
p.s. don’t forget to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have high fives to submit for this week’s High Five Friday! :D