The Daily 15

Fresh off the Daily 10, here's the next level. 15 movements that can anchor your day and keep things in tip top shape. These are standalone but can also be the progression off the first 10.

The Daily 15

Lunge to Pushup
Flying Stork
Bear Walk
Monkey
Frog
Tumbleweed Pushup
Candlesticks
Bridge Press
Hip Dip & Reach
Pistol Squat
Divebomber
Spinning Side Lunge
Windmill
Swivel Plank
Split Jacks

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The Daily 10

The inherent challenge in picking a group of exercises to do on a daily basis is pretty massive. When you take into account how different we all are and multiply that by how many ways that we move and function it makes it next to impossible to find a list of a few exercises that gets everything we need. 

But like everyone else I love the attempt. Here's an example of a beginners version of a daily exercise stimulus. This is not an exercise program- just a sample of one set each of 10 reps that moves the body in most of the ways it needs on a daily basis to serve as a foundation or grounding that can be developed over time or simply used as is to keep full body activation a consistent part of your life. 

The Daily 10

10 exercises. 1 set of 10 reps each. 

Shoulder Circles (forward and backward)
Y Squat
Push-ups
Single Leg Toe Touch and Reach
Arch
Mountain Climbers
Cossack Squat
Star Cross Touch
Extended Plank Side Toe Touch
Jumping Jacks

Warm It Up

Warming up is such a tremendously valuable practice that, particularly as you get older and/or increase the demand on the body, can be an irreplaceable part of your exercise program. Over the years I’ve tried a hundred different things and have found some things work, others don’t and still others kinda work but depend on how I’m feeling that day.

For a warmup, my priority is usually a quick activation of the nervous system and mild muscular stimulation and circulatory pump. Nothing tiring, just something that gets my blood pumping, body loose and mind connected. There’s probably dozens of “best” warmup sequences out there but this Warmup and the couple I’ll share down the road are what work for me.

Warm It Up 1 – Outdoors

*Done outside, bare feet and shirt off but could be done anywhere. This is about 35 different moves – I spend anywhere from 10-30 seconds on each one and keep moving for most of the whole 10 minutes it takes me. Could be done in any order this just my basic preference.

Do it once to warm up well. Twice to really warm up. Three, four or five times and you’ve just worked out.

Heel and Toe Raises
Pronate and Supinate Feet
Wiggle Toes
Toe Curl
External and Internal Hip Rotation
Lizard Crawl
Back Breast Stroke
Back Roll
Back Roll Two Sided Toe Touch/V Sit
Back Roll Standup
Back Roll Candlestick Jump
Back Roll Jumping Jack
One Leg Toe Touch and Reach
One Leg Toe Touch and Reach Eyes Closed
Xiaopeng Double Forwards
Upper Body Twists
Bouncing and Shaking
Jumping Jacks
Mountain Climbers
Deep Mountain Climbers
Groiners
Super Speed Arm Raises
Super Speed Flys
Super Speed Rows
Double Arm Circles (forward and back)
Double Arm Raises (quick)
Tuck Jumps
Pop Pushups/Toe Pops
Cossack Squats
Drop Pushups to Backward Jump
Bow/Downward Dog Combo
Bow/Prone Crunch Combo
Skipping
Bear Crawl

Me and a Playground 2

The next installment of playground fitness. In what is becoming the theme of the last few weeks, almost every workout is taking the shape of finding ways to exercise using things around me…

Me and a Bike Rack

The next installment of finding exercise all around us. Today it was a bike rack that peaked my interest. Here are just a few of the many exercise possibilities that can be found in your local bike holding device…

Mon/Tues Feb 2/3, 2015: Park Workouts

Back to work after a nice little workout hiatus to heal up and recover. Took my trampoline and pogo stick to the park and played around, looking for as many things to play, climb and hang on that were a bit outside of the box. No real plan, just freestyled things and went with the flow…

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Gymnastics & Ninja-ism

Things have been a little quiet on the blog lately as I’ve started to transition into a slightly different fitness realm.

As I like to do from time to time, I have taken a step back to reevaluate my exercise program. My priorities have narrowed to a few big ones and that’s what I’m going to use to frame my exercise and training decisions for a while. I wrote about this on the Bare 5 blog a week ago or so (Why A Trainer Is Giving Up Working Out… Again), basically explaining my decision to trim my fitness time down to activity/play/fun and ninja warrior training.

Priority number one is family, two is work and three is training for next year’s American Ninja Warrior. I want the little extra time and energy I have for fitness to go toward a very specific training purpose. I’m not going to spend time and energy doing exercises and routines that won’t contribute toward my goal. It’s not that doing things like bench press isn’t good, it’s that I want to focus my efforts toward other things.

You’ll see this reflected in my Bare 5 Fitness workout posts, which I’ll get back to doing shortly.

The two big things I’ve been spending time doing are gymnastics and playground training. I decided to follow the Gymnastics Bodies training system to start from the ground up. I’m starting from the beginning and will follow it to the letter, as it’s designed, without skipping ahead, even when a few of the things aren’t terribly challenging. It’s designed as a slow, steady and graduated program with great progression and thought built into it. I’m looking at this as a year long commitment to gaining gymnastics strength, something I’ve wanted to go after for a while. It’s 20-30 minutes per workout, 4 times a week. Simple, direct, challenging and very transferable to ninja training. Add in a little grip training and call it a day.

I’m also continuing to play, climb, swing and jump at parks and playgrounds when I get a chance. This is intuitive, random and fun. I do things that are similar to challenges the ninja warrior courses traditionally offer but very rarely plan anything ahead of time. Every day is different when I go to the park/playground.

The last piece to the puzzle is rock climbing, which I’ve done sporadically but hope to get on a semi-regular schedule with. Upper body strength, endurance and grip are all very important for the ninja obstacles, as is the flexibility, body control and creativity developed by rock climbing. Not only that, but it’s fun, challenging and has a nice community.

So, in a nut shell, I hope to share as many workouts as I can but they will be a bit different from what you’ve seen. I hope that rethinking, finding and focusing my fitness goals will give me the direction and inspiration to become more ninja-ish while saving a bunch of energy to be a great dad to four kids.