Sometimes, to keep ourselves motivated and excited about exercise (moving with focused purpose), we need to go a little outside the box.

To prove a point, today is a Fidget Inspired workout!

What began as a coaching call, ended with our coach Simon challenging my wife, Christie and I to come up with a fidget spinner inspired workout. And anyone who knows my wife and I, we're up for a good challenge ANYTIME…

But maybe I'm getting ahead of myself, you may be wondering…

“What's a ‘fidget' spinner?”

Great question.

I had first heard about them a year or so ago in a private Dad's group on Facebook, but didn't really pay it much attention as they were low-tech devices that were mainly intended to help people dealing with ADHD, anxiety and autism. But now, they're blowing up the internet, and being banned in school rooms across North America, as kids everywhere are flocking to buy them.

They're a small, ball bearing device which the user can rotate between his or her fingers. Momentum of the toy provides a ‘pleasing sensory experience' – based on reviews… just go and YouTube them… there are literally 100's of instructional videos on these things! (you can also buy from 1000's of choices on Amazon)

So, considering all the families that have fidget spinners spinning in their homes, we're challenging families to fidget through fitness!

We've picked up a spinner here in Bali, and we've created a workout that you, your family and friends are guaranteed to have fun with this one.

The ‘Fidget Spinner' Fitness Challenge

For 15 minutes, every time we spin the fidget spinner, we do a movement of an exercise. We don't switch movements until the spinner stops and we spin again!

If you have a group of you participating in the workout (i.e. classroom of students, boot-camp, etc), each person takes a turn to spin and call out a movement of their choice for that round (spin)… what will you pick? Here's a list of movements to inspire you:

Exercise Name

Area of Focus

AIR BOXING Total body
AIR SKIPS Total body
ARM CIRCLES Upper body
BICYCLE Core
BURPEE Total body
BUTTERFLY SIT-UP Core
CALF RAISES Lower Body
CATERPILLAR STRETCH Total body
CRUNCH Core
DIPS (CHAIR) Upper body
DONKEY KICKS Lower Body
FEET SHUFFLE Lower Body
GLUTE BRIDGE Total body
GOOD MORNINGS Upper body
HANDSTAND HOLD Upper body
HANGING KNEE RAISES** Core
HIGH-KNEE JOG Lower Body
HOLLOW ROCK Core
JUMPING JACKS Total body
JUMPING PULL-UPS** Upper body
KIPPING PULL UPS Upper body
KNEES TO ELBOWS Core
LATERAL HOPS Lower Body
LATERAL PLANK WALK Core
LEG HOPS Lower Body
LUNGE – FORWARD Lower Body
LUNGE – REVERSE Lower Body
LUNGE TWIST Lower Body
MANMAKERS** Total body
MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS Total body
Plank from elbows Core
PLANK UP/PLANK DOWN Core
PLANK-ELBOW Core
PLEBS PLANK Total body
PULL-UP** Upper body
PUSH-UP Upper body
Push-up (Chair) Upper body
PUSH-UP (DIAMOND) Upper body
PUSH-UP (FEET UP) Upper body
PUSH-UP WITH 1-ARM REACH Upper body
RENEGADE ROWS** Upper body
REVERSE PLANK BRIDGE Total body
REVERSE SWIMMERS Total body
RING ROWS** Upper body
SEATED TWIST Core
SIDE PLANK Core
SIT-UPS Core
SKATER LUNGE Lower Body
SPRINTING Lower Body
SQUAT Lower Body
Squat (Chair) Lower Body
SQUAT JUMP Lower Body
SQUAT REACH Lower Body
SQUAT WITH BACK KICK Lower Body
SQUAT WITH SIDE LEG RAISE Lower Body
STEP-UP (CHAIR) Lower Body
STRICT CHIN-UP** Upper body
SUMO SQUAT Lower Body
SUPERMAN Total body
TOES TO BAR** CORE
WALL SIT Lower Body
WIDE SQUAT W/CALF RAISE Lower Body

Write down total reps completed within 15 minutes, and then do a celebratory dance!

This is next level HIIT workout and perfect for doing on your own or with family and friends.

So, in conclusion:

And ask yourself, what other creative ways could you make exercise fun for you, your friends and family?

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See you soon and happy fitness-ing! 

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