Her full-body circuit workout will perk and tone you up in a flash. By Estelle Low
Georgina Poh. (Photo: Cheryl Tay)
It’s no secret that exercising in the morning is a great energy booster. But it’s also every smart girl’s trick to keeping to a fitness routine. Just ask Georgina Poh, the freelance personal trainer behind well-liked Instagram account @Sugarrandspice. “Working out in the morning clears my thoughts, makes me feel more awake and puts me in a better mood. On top of that, it ensures that I won’t skip my workout!” Georgina says.
The bubbly 22-year-old, who’s pursuing a degree in sports science, regularly posts Instagram videos of herself doing various types of circuit workouts – with some involving hefty kettlebells and 80kg deadlifts – in a bid to motivate others to exercise. Her five-times-weekly workouts combine strength training and cardio, and are focused on different muscle groups each time: chest on Mondays, back and cardio on Tuesdays, legs on Thursdays, delts and arms on Fridays and cardio on Sundays. Looking at her majorly sculpted physique, there’s no doubt that her structured exercise regime pays off.
To encourage more morning exercisers, Georgina recently teamed up with Zespri Kiwifruit Singapore to come up with a simple but effective routine. She says: “These full-body exercises will perk you up, and can be done in the comfort of your home without any equipment.” Best of all, they take less than 15 minutes – about the time of one snooze button.
In Georgina’s words: “Working out is not about being better than someone else; it’s about being better than who you used to be.”
Do each exercise in this sequence, as quickly as possible and in good form, for 35 seconds without stopping. Complete five sets, resting for 45 seconds between each set
1. Triceps Push-ups
Workout photos: Zespri Kiwifruit Singapore
Get into modified push-up position with knees on ground [A]. Hands should be slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Engaging core and butt, and keeping elbows close to body, lower body in straight line until elbows are bent at about 90 degrees and chest almost touches ground. Head and spine should be in neutral position [B]. Push back up to complete one rep. Repeat for 35 seconds.
Georgina says “This form of push-up targets the triceps, a problem spot for those who complain about having flabby arms.”
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