STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND: My Favorite Workout


By Maggie Fazeli Fard |

I love to exercise.

I know, I know — this is sort of an unpopular confession. It’s more common to admit “I love how I feel after I work out” and “It’s a chore, but I know I’m doing something good for myself.” But from where I stand, there’s little that gets me as excited as knowing I get to move my body.

I do often love how I feel afterward. I know I’m doing something good for myself. And even those times when exercising feels like a chore, I still love it in the moment.

Yet even from this generally loving baseline, every once in a while I come across a workout routine — or more likely a snippet of a workout routine — that I’m extra jazzed about. It’s the kind of thing that I daydream about and wait for all week until it comes up again in my program.

I want to share my current favorite workout snippet: a two-move superset that is strength, conditioning, and unadulterated joy all rolled into one.

I don’t often share my workouts because, well, they’re mine — set by my coach to meet my unique goals, needs, and preferences.

But this particular routine has lit my heart and glutes on fire once a week for the last few months. It’s hard yet fun, and doesn’t required a lot of time. Plus, it’s accessible and modifiable enough that almost anyone can give it a try.

In other words, I can’t resist sharing it with you.

As with everything we recommend here at EL, focus on form over weight and speed, steer clear of failure and pain, and do not hesitate to ask a trainer or coach for help if something isn’t quite working. (You can also feel free to shoot me a note in the Real Fitness Facebook group here.

Incorporate this superset into your existing routine once a week, or use it as a standalone workout when you’re short on time.

I’d love to hear what you think — and what your favorite workout of the moment is!

Perform eight sets of the following two moves in a superset fashion. For the first exercise, complete all reps on each side of the body before moving on to the second exercise. Rest only as needed, at the bottom of a set.

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