Elise Young is proof that uphill battles shape who you are. And the college basketball star turn fitness trainer wants you to know that committing to the process doesn’t mean being married to a treadmill. It’s time to step outside of your stale workout routines, whether at home or exploring new cityscapes. From scaling indoor rock walls to burpees on the lakefront, Young transforms Chicago into her own personal gymnasium. Here’s how.
ELISE’S GO-TO WORKOUT MOVES
Elise put together 8 fun and effective exercises that you can do anywhere: by the pool, in the hotel gym, on your terrace, in your bedroom, or even mid-hike.
Arms & Core
Push plank to plank jacks
Start in a plank position. Extend your elbows to a locked-out position while moving your upper and lower body at the same time. With straight legs, pop your feet out in a jumping jack motion. Slowly lower your entire body to the start position. Repeat.
Knee tuck sit ups
Start in a seated position. Rock backwards and raise your hands above your head to touch the ground behind you as you lower your back. Kick your legs out straight in front of you, keeping heels slightly off the ground. Crunch your body back into a sitting position, bringing your knees toward your chest, and your hands to your heels. Keep your feet off the ground throughout.
Animal Flow Kick Through
Start on all fours with your knees off the ground. Rotate to the right, extending your leg into a kick with your left arm planted Releasing your opposite hand. Return your leg to starting position and repeat to the other side.
Push-up to crossing two knee drives
Keep a tight core throughout the entire push up. Bend your elbows and lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle. Start pushing back up through your hands to the start position. Don’t lock out the elbows; keep them slightly bent. At the top with straight arms, drive one knee towards the opposite elbow and kick back out. Drive opposite leg. Push-up. Repeat.
Side lunge to hop
Step your right leg out to the side and push your hips back. Bend knee until right thigh is parallel with the floor. Drive your heel into the floor as hard as you can, then rebound out of the lunge quickly, hopping back to a standing position. Hop at the top before stepping back into the lunge.
4 High knees to half burpee
Start standing with feet hip distance apart. Lift up right knee and raise the opposite arm. Switch quickly so left knee is up before right foot lands. Imagine running in place. Try to have knees hit hands at waist height.
Jump squat to back pedal
Start with you feet shoulder with apart. Lower your body into a squat position leap forward. Stick the landing. Back pedal. Repeat.