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Quickie “Holiday Rush” Shoulder Workout, Courtesy of College Body

By Tara Ballard

Happy Holidays! I love this time of year…crisp weather, decorations, the sense of magic in the air!! But, I do admit that I am a terrible procrastinator and put off buying gifts, wrapping, etc. until the very last minute. This, of course, leaves me feeling rushed, stressed, and not-so-jolly – ha! In years past, I may have opted to skip workouts altogether…my thought process at the time was that if I didn’t have at least 2 hours to spend at the gym, it just wasn’t worth going. Boy, am I so happy to have been enlightened by working out the Metabolic Effect way! Short and intense is the way to go!! And getting a quick workout in definitely helps with the stress that comes from my inevitable procrastination.

So, for all of you folks out there feeling like you just can’t make time for your workout, I invite you to try today’s little Metabolic Effect jewel. It is only 10 minutes and focuses on shoulders. Danny Coleman of CollegeBody put Jill and I through this last week, and all I will say is 10 minutes was plenty!! Being that it is an ME workout, you will “push until you can’t; rest until you can.” There are no prescribed rests. If you have to rest before time is up, then you know you’re doing it right. If you’re able to breeze through each circuit with no rest, then it is probably time to grab some heavier dumbbells :).

(SN: If you haven’t checked out Dan’s blog or his Facebook page, head on over and take a look. He offers nutrition tips, workouts, etc. geared toward a college-aged audience, but ones that are definitely applicable to us all! I wish his blog had been around when I was in school!)

Without further ado…

Be sure to warm-up and cool-down appropriately. As always, adjust weight to your fitness level…be safe with your body.

Equipment needed: bench, moderate dumbbells, timer/clock. 

Give it a go and let me know what you think!  Wishing you all the happiest of holidays and a wonderful 2012!!
Love, Tara

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