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

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The Playground Ninja

If you’ve seen my American Ninja Warrior submission video and some of my recent social media posts than you probably saw this coming…

ThePlaygroundNinja.com

theplaygroundninja on Instagram

The Playground Ninja Facebook Page

playgroundninj on Twitter

It’s been in the works for a while but I made it official a couple weeks ago. They’ll all be pretty simple but I thought it would be a fun way to document my playground ninja activity.

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

August 2016- New Videos

I’m still playing around with different things and workouts. Here’s the latest videos from the last month or so…

A Bunch More Exercise Videos

I’ve been busy adding to the exercise library lately the last month or two. Here they are from oldest to most recent…

Jump, Dip & Hang

One of my favorite styles of workouts. A set of jumps, a set of dips, a set of hanging. All different styles and types, over and over again until I feel done. No particular structure other than that, just go with what I feel like. Today it was at the community center and park.

Easy as 1, 2, 3

I’ve been playing around with a new workout idea the last week or so and it’s been successful enough that I thought I’d share it. I call it “1,2,3” and it’s a general approach that you can take to just about any exercise(s) you can think of. It can be used as part of a workout or, as I experimented with today, your whole workout. I call it 1,2,3 because it’s literally that simple. 1,2,3 refers to the number of reps you do in a minute and can be used in literally countless ways.

It’s an offshoot of the concepts of time under tension, isokinetic contraction and one minute sets. In this approach every set takes one minute and is a done with a constant speed. This is nothing new as people have been playing around with these concepts for a long time with good results. What I’ve been doing is taking the ideas and giving it a new twist.

1-2-3

1-2-3 is how many reps you do in sets 1,2, and 3.

Set 1 – 1 rep takes one minute. This means 30 seconds to go one way and 30 to return to the start. This is SUPER slow and should be a constant speed the whole time.

Set 2 – 2 reps in a minute. Each rep takes 30 seconds to complete, meaning 15 seconds up and 15 down. Still slow but not super slow.

Set 3 – 3 reps in a minute. Each rep takes 20 seconds, 10 up and 10 down.

Pretty straight forward. You can use it for one exercise or several, your choice. If you choose your exercise/weight correctly, it is VERY difficult to do. As an example, this is what I did today…

Pull, Push, Squat

*1 minute rest between sets

1 pullup

1 pushup

1 squat

2 pullups

2 pushups

2 squats

3 pullups

3 pushups

3 squats

4 pullups

4 pushups

4 squats

12 sets totaling 30 reps (10 each exercise), which took me about 25 minutes to complete and was a nice overall workout. If you haven’t tried a one minute pushup or pullup I suggest you give it a shot. The key is to go really slow. If you can do 1, then try the 2 rep set, and so forth. You might be surprised at the workout you can get in a few minutes with just a few reps. The slow speed really challenges your strength through the entire range of motion and is great for developing muscular control. There are dozens of variations off this concept I’ll share as I experiment and develop more ideas.

If you give it a shot let me know how it goes!