Train Like an Animal

Whew, I am sore today!

Last night I unfortunately didn’t make it to the gym in time for Kickboxing due to staying late at work, hitting a little traffic, and having a minor playlist panic attack.  However, all was well and I did manage to sneak in 15 minutes of sprint intervals on the spin bike before teaching my Interval class.  My animal class, I should say.

A couple of weeks ago I was g-chatting about fitness related things with Monique (shocker), and she told me she had one of her classes do bunny hops across the floor.  This lead to a conversation about our favorite across the floor moves, which then prompted me to remember a bootcamp workout I taught a LONG time ago.  In this particular class, everyone was laughing at me because a ton of the exercises were [unintentionally] named after animals.

After remembering this, I decided it would be fun to come up with as many exercises as I could think of that mimic animal movements.  Surprisingly, I didn’t have a hard time coming up with a pretty big list!  I also used the world-wide web to find some new-to-me exercises as well.

Here’s the workout I put together:

Train Like an Animal WorkoutIn a group exercise setting, I divided the class into two groups.  I had group one do the across the floor traveling move while group two did the plyo exercises.  Then they swapped.  With that version, the plyo move ends up being done for a little more than 60 seconds.  If you are doing this on your own, just do it like I indicated in my workout graphic.  It would be fun to do with a workout friend as well!  For explanations of moves, I would just search them or you can feel free to contact me with any questions.

Some of these moves were tough!  Animals must have really strong inner thighs because so many of the moves ended up looking like this in some way, shape, or form:

Inner Thigh Squat

Baha awk.  My legs were seriously shaking when I got home though!

Also, CLEARLY an animal themed class wouldn’t be complete with an animal themed playlist.  Welcome to the jungle, my friends!

Animal Workout Playlist

Perfect beast mode workout, if you ask me.

What’s your favorite “animal” exercise?  What about your favorite “animal” song?  Did I miss any of your favorites? for either?

A couple of runner up exercises that I wrote down but didn’t use in this workout included beast crawls, the alligator, and frog glute lifts.  Don’t worry though, we stretched with cat/cow!