Two Alphabet Workouts

If you're like me, doing the same workout routine every day gets incredibly boring. And when I'm bored, I give up and move on to something else - usually something non-fitness in nature.

Here are two simple and fun ways to do your workout without doing the same thing over and over. Pick the one you like best, and the one that fits your fitness level right now, and follow the instructions for increasing the difficulty level as you go.

For the first workout, see how far you can get through the alphabet before you can't go any further. Start with twice a week, then three times a week. After three or four weeks, increase the number of each exercise as your body adapts.

A - 10 crunches
B - 10 jumping jacks
C - 10 bicep curls
D - 10 squats
E - 10 push ups
F - 10 lunges
G - 10 upward rows
H - 20 second reverse plank
I - 10 alternating leg raises
J - 20 second plank
K - 10 river jumps
L - 10 tricep kick backs
M - 20 second wall sit
N - 8 crunches
O - 8 jumping jacks
P - 8 bicep curls
Q - 8 squats
R - 8 push ups
S - 8 lunges
T - 8 upward rows
U - 20 second reverse plank
V - 8 alternating leg raises
W - 20 second plank
X - 8 river jumps
Y - 8 tricep kick backs
Z - 20 second wall sit

For the second workout, there are significantly more reps for each exercise, but you don't have to do as many exercises. Choose a word like your full name or a short phrase and do the corresponding exercises for those words. As you increase each week, spell longer words and even complete sentences to vary the workout and its length.

A - 20 crunches
B - 20 jumping jacks
C - 12 bicep curls
D - 20 squats
E - 20 push ups
F - 20 lunges
G - 12 upward rows
H - 30 second reverse plank
I - 20 alternating leg raises
J - 30 second plank
K - 20 river jumps
L - 12 tricep kick backs
M - 30 second wall sit
N - 30 Russian twists
O - 12 curl up, hammer downs
P - 12 standing calf raises
Q - 20 sumo squats
R - 30 seconds bicycles
S - 12 shoulder presses
T - 20 mountain climbers
U - 20 high knees
V - 12 chair dips
W - 30 seconds reverse bicycles
X - 12 arm circles
Y - 10 burpees
Z - 30 seconds chair pose

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