Watching the highlights reel from this year’s Commonwealth Games, one thing was apparent – athletes have smokin’ bodies. This realization brought with it one all-important question: how do I get a physique like that?
Well, dear reader, curb your queries, because I have got the 411 from dual athlete, Ellyse Perry.
Playing soccer and cricket at an elite level, Ellyse is accustomed to a gruelling schedule of early mornings on the pitch or field no matter how hot or cold it is.
Ellyse believes the key to staying motivated is company. “As a team sports player, I really rely on my teammates to keep me motivated, particularly on chilly mornings. It’s about finding what’s right for you, and remembering just how good you’re going to feel after the workout”, says Ellyse.
Warm up – 5 minutes
Find yourself an open grassy area like a park or sports field. Start with a few laps of jogging around the oval, followed by some dynamic stretches – eg. leg swings, back rolls etc.
Strength and Conditioning Circuit – 20 minutes
As a group, perform the following exercises x 4 reps, with a two minutes rest between sets.
10 x push ups
20 x sit ups
10 x tuck jumps
20 x squats
20, 40, 60, 80 metre shuttle
Small Sided Games – 30 minutes
To end on a high, choose one or two of the below options (which ever you enjoy most) and have a quick game in the park.
– touch football
Warm Down – 5 minutes
Stretch and foam roller (if you have one)