This is high intensity interval training a.k.a HIIT. We do a minute of each exercise with a thirty second rest before moving onto the next. You can use the stop watch on your phone, watch or there are specific fitness apps which have a more sophisticated timer integrated which are really useful.
We created this exercise routine for travellers and yachties around the world who dont have gyms and want to keep fit. The focus is on core (tummy) but the routine targets a number of areas including glutes (bum) and chest in trying to cover a full body work out.
Whilst waiting for the yacht to be ready for sail, ex army-officer Justin and I decided to do some running and some circuits to increase our fitness, tone up and stay healthy. We started running together around Martinique between five and six miles each morning on a steep incline followed by a decline on the way back. It is boiling hot even at six am, which is when we would go. It was on the first run that I beat all my personal best records on the app Strava; I was very happy with the results and keen to continue beating records – which I did (even though I don’t really like running). Unfortunately after a week of running I developed painful, aching heels and I have now stopped running as the pain still remains a week later. I think it is down to repetitive pounding between my heels and the hard road tarmac; usually I run on softer terrain back in the U.K. either along the River Wye in or Ashton Court, Bristol. Having use and abused my Adidas trainers that I got given on a photo shoot years ago, I desperately need some new trainers but everything is expensive out here in Martinique (even at Decathlon) and there is little choice.
So, instead of running, Justin and I meet at 7am on the marina pontoon after his run. Here we do a number of exercises mainly focusing on core strength. Training with a partner is great because you can motivate each other – much like my The Wild Co. buddy Georgie and I do in the U.K.! Plus it’s also fun. You can help each other out with posture, technique tips and make sure that everything you are doing is safe. You can also laugh at each other and play around inventing new exercises to utilise your surroundings and equipment.
Weighted bicep pull ups
Foot reaches (for obliques)
Squats and tricep dips
Right arm side plank with left arm reaches down through the gap and up to the sky
Left arm side plank with left arm reaches down through the gap and up to the sky
Marine push ups
Leg raises (paddling)
Leg raises (alternate cross overs)
Jump squats 180 degrees
Alternate high leg kicks and low squats
High jump squats
Commandos (High plank to low plank as fast as you can)
And thats it! You feel great afterwards…