Halloween Routine #2: Wicked Workout Challenge

It's that time of the year again when pumpkins glow, cobwebs adorn doorways, and the night is filled with the eerie excitement of Halloween. While you may be busy brainstorming costume ideas or planning spooky decorations, don't forget about your muscles. Yes, you read that right – it's time to spook your muscles with a Total Gym Strength Routine that's both fun and effective.

5 Reasons to Spook Your Muscles this Halloween
Imagine spooking your muscles as giving them an unexpected twist, much like a plot twist in a suspenseful Halloween story. This approach brings about a host of benefits that will leave your fitness journey more exciting, fresh, and your muscles stronger than ever. Here’s a few spine-tingling reasons you will want to spook your muscles!

• Muscle Confusion: The Trick to Growth
Just like trick-or-treaters who love surprises, your muscles also thrive on the unexpected. When you switch up your routine, you introduce new challenges and movements that shock your muscles out of their comfort zone. This 'muscle confusion' leads to greater muscle growth and strength development. So, why not give your muscles a delightful scare this Halloween?

• Prevent Plateaus: Don't Get Stuck in the [Spider] Web
Plateaus can be a nightmare for any fitness enthusiast. When you consistently perform the same exercises, your body adapts, and progress grinds to a halt. By incorporating novel exercises into your routine, you can break free from these fitness plateaus and experience continuous improvements. Say goodbye to stagnant workouts and hello to progress!

• Avoiding Monstr-ous Boredom
Let's face it; working out should never be a drag. Boredom can be a ghastly motivation killer. By adding a dash of Halloween-inspired fun to your workout routine, you'll keep things interesting and engaging. Say farewell to mundane exercises and hello to a workout that keeps you entertained!

• Targeting Different Muscle Groups: Don't Be a One-Trick Pumpkin
Halloween is all about variety – from the costumes to the candy. Similarly, your workout routine should target various muscle groups. A diverse routine helps prevent muscular imbalances and ensures that every part of your body gets a taste of the action. Achieve a well-rounded physique that's ready for any spooky encounter!

• The Thrill of Seasonal Inspiration
There's something special about harnessing the energy of the season. Halloween provides a unique opportunity to draw inspiration from its themes, whether it's the agility of a spider or the strength of a monster. Embrace the seasonal spirit, and you'll find yourself more motivated and committed to your fitness goals.

Having the knowledge of why it's essential to spook your muscles, will make it all more of a reason to give your workout a strength challenge! Now let's get Wicked with your Workout!

Hold on to your broomstick [glide board] because we’re about to take it for a thrilling ride as you glide through a series of Total Gym strength exercises to spook your muscles! This horrifically-fun circuit is designed to keep your fitness on track and challenge your body during the haunting month of October. So grab your Total Gym, channel your inner ghoul, and let's get started!

Perform each exercise for 20 reps without resting between them, and complete as many rounds as your time allows. The duration of the circuit may vary depending on your tempo, but aim to finish it within 5 minutes for a ghoulishly effective workout.

• Reps: 20 reps/exercise
• Rounds: 4+ rounds (or as many as your time permits!) (approx. 5 min/ round)
• Accessories: Cables attached, level depends on your current fitness level

1. Spider Lunge (Right and Left): These lunges target your legs from every angle and workout your core balance too!
2. Bat Wing Flies: Sculpt your back and shoulders with this bewitching exercise.
3. Monster Curls (Slow Static): Channel your inner monster and work those biceps like never before.
4. Dead Bug Extensions (Slow Static): Strengthen your triceps and core with this creepy crawler exercise.
5. Creepy Crunch & Punch: Engage your core and twist into this spook-tacular move.

Be sure to check out the video to see how these Wicked Moves are performed on your Total Gym.

The Wicked Workout will not only challenge your muscles, but it will also infuse your workouts with a dose of Halloween fun. So, summon your inner Halloween spirit and conquer the Wicked Workout Challenge!

For more Halloween inspired workouts, check out the Pumpkin Power Challenge!

Happy Spooky Season,

Maria Sollon

Maria Sollon Scally MS, CSCS holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention and Kinesiology. She has obtained numerous certifications in various areas of fitness and is a national conference presenter. Maria specializes in Pilates, Performance Coaching, and Corrective Exercise Techniques and Kettlebells. She is the creator of the Plyo Pilates Method and has developed a series of amazing workout DVDs. She is a Master Trainer for Total Gym, Resist-a-Ball, Body Blade, Peak Pilates, Kettle Bell Concepts and is a freelance writer for Fitness accredited magazines, newsletters, and fitness blog sites. Maria demonstrates her knowledge each day and uses her dynamic creativity throughout her specialized line of work. http://www.groovysweat.com http://www.groovysweatstore.com (purchasable workout videos) http://www.youtube.com/groovysweat (workout clips)

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