2021 Late Winter Lower Body Routine

Dumbbell Sumo Squat

Feet outside of shoulder width – dumbbells facing forward & held between legs

3 x 12 @ 15 pounds

Kettlebell bridges

Push off heels to raise legs toward ceiling – make sure kettlebell is centered on the hips

3 x 15 @ 15 pounds

Dumbbell Single Leg Hamstring Dead Lift

Starting with left side. Right foot placed behind – left foot straight – reach toward floor until you feel the hamstring stretch

10 reps each side – 8-10 pounds

Leg Extensions holding Dumbbell

DB is held between feet – hold tight – extend legs out to full extension

Use sturdy chair where your feet don’t touch the floor

3 x 15 @ 5 pounds

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Kettlebell Swings

3 x 15 @ 10 pounds

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Knee and Arm Tuck for Abs

Start fully extended – tuck arms & legs together to squeeze stomach muscles

12-16 reps

Medicine Ball Slams Straight

20 throws

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Standing Body Bar Rotations

20 rotations

2021 Late Winter Upper Body Routine

DB Chest Press 3 sets x 12-15 reps @ 10 pounds

Lying flat on floor elbows at 45 degree position press towards ceiling

Standing Resistance Band Row 3 sets x 15 reps

Band under feet find proper resistance – hinge at hips and row while squeezing back muscles

Resistance Band Tricep Extension 3 sets x 12-15 reps

Band placed between thumb and pointer finger – behind back in opposite hand – extend toward ceiling

DB Curl w / forearm rotation 3 sets x 12-15 reps 8-10 pounds

Start with hands in hammer curl position – rotate palm upward as you curl

DB Lateral Shoulder Raise 3 sets x 12-15 reps @ 5 pounds

Raise to shoulder height

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Jump Rope Jumps 30 seconds

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Flutter Kicks (small alternating kick) 30 seconds

Jumping Jacks 20-30 seconds

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X-Tucks

Beginning with body in X stance then tuck arms and legs together in the middle to squeeze stomach

Exercising After 50

In the last 4 years it has been challenging.

Things changed after I turned 52. That’s when my personal trainer at the gym had the foresight to create next-level workout routines for me.

With her help I started lifting weights for 30 to 40 minutes 2x per week.

I could no longer workout at the gym for 50 minutes 3x per week.

I’m the proudest of this achievement:

In January 2014 I could dead lift with the trap bar 205 pounds.

That was impressive considering I’m only 5 feet tall and weighed 120 pounds at the time.

After I turned 52 my former female trainer took a different approach to create workout routines I could do in my living room.

See the Home Gym category for information and sample exercise plans.

My current trainer is a guy I’ve worked with for over one year so far. He’s an exceptional trainer just like the old trainer was.

For the holidays I gave my trainer a $50 bill.

The gym I go to attracts hardcore fitness buffs. The trainers I work with create Upper and Lower Body routines for me to do that I can do on my own. Every 6 or 7 weeks I meet with the trainer to get a new routine.

The trainers respect and are impressed that I have the ability to lift weights on my own every week.

No trainer has been upset that I don’t pay them to train me in one-on-one sessions every week.

It’s not only that I couldn’t afford to do that. It’s that the gym gets crowded. You’re crunched together sweating. It can be hard to find room on the mat or a machine that is free.

It was auspicious that I hard started exercising at home in May 2019.

In March 2020 when New York City shut down the gyms closed. My gym didn’t open again until early September.

Since September I have lifted weights every week. Either 1x per week or 2x per week. I haven’t missed a week of exercising.

In the coming blog entry I want to give readers a shot in the arm of confidence about getting fitter as you get older.

My experience could be empowering.

2021 Winter Lower Body Routine

Dumbbell front squat (Holding DB at chest level; feet shoulder width; back straight; chest up) 3 sets x 12 reps x 15 lbs

Dumbbell Romanian deadlift (hamstrings) ( Slight bend in knee; hips back; back straight) 3 sets x 12 reps x 2 DB 8-10 lbs

Supported modified donkey kick (kick one side at a time; 1 second pause; squeeze glutes) 3 sets x 15 reps

Curtsy lunges (Lunge back slightly off behind working leg) 10 lunges each side x 5-8 lbs

Calf raises 3 sets x 15 reps x 5-8 lbs

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Mountain climbers (20-30 secs)

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Standard ab V-ups (3 sets x 15 reps)

Side-to-side jumps (30 jumps)

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Alternating leg tucks (3 x 15)

2021 Winter Upper Body Routine

My trainer at the gym wrote a new routine for me to do. This is auspicious because New York City might shut down again. The number of coronavirus infections is rising here.

You can click on my Home Gym category link to bring up the prior workout routines. There I also have blog entries that talk about how to do the routines.

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Push-ups (One set standard push-up; sets 2 & 3 modified on knees) (As many as possible)

Kettlebell underhand row (3 sets x 12-15 reps; 15 lbs)

Dumbbell curl (Standing up against door; keep elbows back) 3 sets x 12-15 reps x 10 lbs

dumbbell tricep kickbacks (Holding on to coffee table; keep elbows up; extend forearms back) 3 sets x 12 reps x 5-8 lbs

Kettlebell upright row (raise elbows above shoulders) 3 sets x 15 reps x 10-15 lbs

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Jumping jacks (30)

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Bicycles abs (16-20)

Medicine ball slams straight (20 throws)

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Alternating leg raises (16-20)

Fall Lower Body Routine 2

Dumbbell squat (Holding dumbbells by your side – feet shoulder width – back straight – chest up)

Single leg dead lift (Dumbbell is on opposite side of working leg – back leg rises as upper body lowers)

Single-side hip bridge (Push off of heel on the working side to raise hips as high as possible)

Side lying hip / leg raises (Similar to side plank – can add dumbbell to thigh)

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Side-to-side medicine ball slam (20 throws each side)

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Alternating V-ups (10-15 each side)

High knees (30 seconds +)

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Alternating knee tuck (with hands behind for support – 15 tucks each side)

Fall Upper Body Routine 2

Single-arm kettlebell chest press – 10 pound x 15 reps

Resistance band row (resistance is created by distance between feet – hips back – back straight – pull handles to bring shoulder blades together) – 15 reps

Resistance band curls (one curl at a time – focus on squeezing bicep at the top of each curl – finish each curl before you stand the next) – 15 reps

Lying down dumbbell tricep extension (holding dumbbell at the base – lying flat – bend elbows back behind head – extend forearms / elbow back towards ceiling) – 8 pound x 15 reps

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Jumping rope jumps – 30 seconds or 30 jumps

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Flutter kick (lying flat legs up alternate kicks) – 30 seconds

Fast-paced step ups on platform – 30 seconds

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Russian twists (using body bar with kayaking motion – I have 10 pound bar) – 15 twists each side

Fall Lower Body Routine

Kettlebell Squat with Upright Row 3×15 10 pounds

Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift 2 10 pound dumbbells 3×12-15

Farmers Walks 15 pound dumbbells walk 15 steps back and forth 5 to 6 times

Kettlebell Swings 15 pounds 3×15

30 second Jumping Jacks

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Leg Tucks / Crunch combo 15-20 reps

Jump Rope Jumps

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Planks (hold as long as possible)

Fall Upper Body Routine

The gym reopened. You can only wear a mask to the gym not a bandanna. My trainer gave me a new workout routine. It’s an easy routine made harder because I do 15 reps not 12 reps.

Upper Body

Dumbbell Row 3×15 10 to 15 pounds

Floor Dumbbell Chest Press 3×15 10 to 15 pounds

Seated Dumbbell Curl 3×15 10 pounds

Resistance Band Tricep Extension 3×15

Side to Side Medicine Ball Slam 16 reps

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Russian Twists

Jump Forward and Back 20 jumps

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Alternating Leg Tucks 15 each side

Chris’s Workout #4

Upper Body:

Body Bar Frontal Raise to Upright Row

Dumbbell Bent Over Wide Row

Resistance Band Bicep Curls

Triceps Dips Off Box – use sturdy dining table chair

Bicycles – do slowly

Shoulder Taps

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Lower Body:

Sit to Stands Off Box with Dumbbell – dumbbells at shoulder – can do off side of coffee table

Squat Jacks – body weight exercise

Dumbbell Donkey Kicks

Dumbbell Fire Hydrants

Toe Touches – Legs stay up

Toe Taps – can be done with your toes only – you don’t need a Bosu Ball