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First-Time At The Gym? Look No Further Than This Kick-butt Exercise Routine!

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BU chapter.

Going to the gym for the first time can feel intimidating, but feel confident about going in with this quick and simple workout that will leave you feeling accomplished and better. These simple exercises move your body, reduce stress, and overall help you feel better. Listen to your favorite music hits and make this workout your own!

I like to start with some easy cardio of walking on a treadmill for 8 minutes at a warm-up speed of 3 (think of it as walking down Commonwealth Ave during a chill day).

After the warmup run, I grab a yoga mat and stretch away to begin my workouts: leg stretches, arm stretches, and the bear crawl dynamic stretch for about 5-10 minutes. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated by bringing your water bottle or favorite Gatorade.

Kettlebell Globet Squat

For our first workout, grab a kettlebell weight of about 8 lbs, and we are going to do a kettlebell globet squat. First, hold the kettlebell near your chest with both arms. Second, stand up straight with your feet about 2-feet apart. Then, begin squatting down using your leg muscles. Remember to hold the kettlebell close to you! I do about 10-13 reps for 2-3 sets.

Kettlebell Russian Twist

For our second workout, we’ll continue using the kettlebell and to do an ab workout: the Kettlebell Russian Twist. First, lay down on a yoga mat with your back more reclined so you are almost sitting. Then, hold the kettlebell close to your chest and start rotating your torso left and right, basically swinging it across your body. I do about 10-12 reps for 2 sets.


For our last workout, we’ll do the 3×25 which is a great way to end your workout! For this, you do 25 push-ups (I’m still working on my push-up form so I do modified push-ups), then 25 squats, and lastly 25 ab crunchers.

Finally, get that protein smoothie that you’ve been thinking about because you deserve it! I usually get a strawberry smoothie to restore my energy I’ve used.

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