As I sit on my couch feeling the after effects of last night’s shenanigans, and eating a McDonald’s poutine and burger, I figured what better time to share a great workout I did during the week Nothing like reflecting on the hard work you did during the week while having Sunday Rot Day. It definitely makes me feel better about scarfing down a few days worth of sodium in one meal, and that’s obviously only one of the Mickey D’s cons.
But honestly, right now, my taste buds could not be happier. The poutine from McDonald’s is amazing. It’s brand spanking new on their menu, and I live beside a McDonald’s so I obviously had to try it. I fully support this decision of indulging in pure garbage food every now and again. I am definitely not a healthy food saint, and let’s be real here, when you’re feeling less than ideal from a few too many beverages the night before eating something like a salad is the last thing you want to do. It would probably be the best thing to do, but ummm it didn’t happen.
This chest and back work out is awesome for a few reasons.
1. It’s balanced.
Balance in training programs is essential. There are far two many people who work out to achieve a certain aesthetic and skip over building a balanced body. If you are one of these people who picks and chooses what muscles to work out based on appearance, I’m begging you please stop. You’re really not doing yourself any favours. You’re body doesn’t function properly and you are also more susceptible to injuries. Luckily, if you do have a balanced workout program, you can avoid these undesirable side effects.
To achieve balance, you want to make sure you work out opposing muscle groups — biceps and triceps, back and chest, quads and hamstrings etc. You don’t have to do this in the same workout, but make sure you’re workout program pays equal attention to each muscle group and balances out the amount of emphasis you place on them throughout your workout split. This workout obviously targets opposing muscle groups (chest and back, as well as abs and lower back) in one go so you know you’re building a healthy, balanced body.
2. It utilizes compound movements.
Compound movements are great because they work multiple muscle groups at once. For example, a bench press doesn’t just work your pecs. It also hits your shoulders, triceps, biceps and abs. These types of movements will naturally create balance in your workouts, keep your heart rate elevated during the workout which burns more calories, and they have a higher afterburn effect when compared with isolation movements meaning you’ll burn calories for hours after your workout is over.
3. It keeps your heart rate elevated.
Coupling compound movements with supersets and active rest keeps your heart rate elevated the entire time you’re working out. You get some sweet bang for your buck in the gym because you pretty much combine your aerobic and anaerobic workout into one. You’ll build muscle and burn a ton of calories at the same time. How perfect is that.
4. It’s a time saver.
Supersets with opposing muscle groups are awesome because they’re a huge time saver. While one muscle group is resting, the other muscle group is being taxed. You can get in and out of the gym in less time but still get a great workout in. Tossing in an active rest factor is great when you’re short on time and want to skip a cardio session.
I was definitely sore for a couple of days after completing this workout. If you try it out let me know. Hope you all had a great weekend!
Question of the day: What is your favourite muscle group to work out? Do you have a favourite exercise? Do you also eat food you know is really terrible for you?