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Have you ever wanted to explore the wonders of the galaxy? Well, who doesn’t? The trouble is, NASA is notorious for being real sticklers when it comes to who gets to drive the spaceships. You need some very impressive higher education (at least a bachelor’s in a relatable field, though many have more education than that), and then you need at least 1,000 hours of “pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft.”
You also need to be somewhere between 5’2” and 6’3”, which means our host Paul is out (chalk it up to ‘tall people problems’).
So if you don’t fit these rigorous demands, what can you do? Well, you turn to a fitness website with no particular knowledge of space, of course! We’re going to take you for a trip around the ol’ Milky Way while getting a solar system-inspired workout.
Now, the most popular characters of the solar system (to us earthlings, anyway) are unquestionably the planets and our ever-burning sun. So that’s what we’re going to be focused on.
Starting from our furthest planet, Neptune, and working all the way to the front of the class with that teacher’s pet Mercury, we’ll be doing exercises inspired by the planets. Finally, we’ll journey to where no other athlete has gone before — the sun — and combine all of these exercises for one last blowout.
This is a fun, challenging workout that will push your limits to the edge of the galaxy, so make sure you have a bottle of water handy, and make sure you’re nice and stretched out… those spaceships can get kind of cramped, we hear.
The Journey Through Space Workout
Neptune: Dips (12)
Our furthest planet was named after the Roman god of the sea (heads up, every planet besides earth has Greek or Roman etymology). So if you want to take a “dip” in the sea with Neptune, you’ve got to have strong arms. So grab a chair or any other sturdy, elevated surface (1 ½-2 feet high), grip it with your palms and knock out 12 to get this journey through space started on the right foot.
Uranus: Squats (15)
Uranus is named after the greek god of the sky, who was the father to the first generation of titans. That’s great, except we just couldn’t think of Uranus without making a butt joke. So let’s do some squats! They’ll get the glutes nice and toned, as well as providing a great workout for the whole lower body and lower back.
Saturn: Inverted pull ups w/ gymnastics rings (10)
If there’s one thing Saturn is known for, it’s the many rings that surrounds its interior. We may never get to see the rings in person, but we can use one of the best bodyweight training tools around — gymnastics rings!
With your feet firmly on the ground, grip the rings and pull yourself up for an awesome back exercise. If you don’t have rings at your disposal, you can use TRX bands, or even something as simple as a sturdy table!
Jupiter: Elbow press (12)
If you think Earth is roomy, you should take a gander at Jupiter. It’s got a diameter of over 88,000 miles — more than 11 times the diameter of Earth. That’s pretty darned wide! Kind of reminds us of the Latissimus Dorsi (“lats” for short), the widest muscle in the upper body. If you want to keep your lats tight and toned, you don’t need a pull up bar! Just two elevated surfaces (a couple of chairs will work just fine) is all you need for a tremendous back workout!
Here’s a quick video to help you get started with the elbow press.
Mars: Alien squats (20 seconds)
It’s been said for years that if we were going to find life on another planet within our galaxy, it would be on Mars. Well, we’ve sent plenty of robots there and haven’t found anything yet, but we’re not giving up hope. Just in case one of those weird brain guys from “Mars Attacks!” ever shows up, we want to show them some respect. And if alien squats aren’t a part of their culture, it’ll at least show them that we have sculpted legs and are not to be messed with.
If you’ve never tried alien squats, here’s a helpful video for this challenging plyometrics exercise.
Earth: Push ups (15)
Ah, it’s good to be home. Say what you want about this place, but it beats the other planets we’ve been to. And what better way to pay respect to our little blue ball than to demonstrate to the rest of the galaxy what is unquestionably its most popular exercise?
The push up is the quintessential calisthenics exercise, working the chest, shoulders, arms and core. You do your planet proud when you crank these out!
Venus: Bicycles (25 seconds)
Wait, there are no bicycles on Venus, are there?
Yeah, we’ll grant you that. That’s not the connection we’re making. You see, Venus was a Roman goddess whose functions encompassed many things; among them, love and beauty. Now, we’re all about exercising for reasons that go beyond aesthetics, but one area people seem to have trouble with — perhaps more than any other — is the love handle area of their midsection. So if you want to show your body some real love, burn the handles away with this killer core exercise.
Mercury: Burpees (10)
We’ve reached our final planet! Mercury is named after the Roman messenger god, as it’s the planet that orbits the sun fastest. So if you want to channel your inner-Mercury, you’ll need to get quicker! And no bodyweight exercise is better for upping your cardio game than burpees.
The Sun: All-out finisher (2:00)
Get ready to journey where it was once believed impossible. The sun is the provider of energy for the entire solar system. With that in mind, this last stop is going to require energy from the entire body, as we’re going to do one final blow-out round encompassing all of the exercises we just did.
Every exercise is 15 seconds, then you immediately move on to the next exercise. No resting, other than the minimal time it should take you to get from one exercise to the next. You’re going to need to be at the top of your game for this one. Think you can handle it? Hey, you made it this far!
Dips — 15 seconds
Squats — 15 seconds
Inverted pull ups on rings — 15 seconds
Elbow press — 15 seconds
Alien squats — 15 seconds
Push ups — 15 seconds
Bicycles — 15 seconds
Burpees — 15 seconds
Once you’ve finished, congratulations! You’re now one of the most well-travelled athletes in the Milky Way.
If there’s still gas left in your rocket, though, do us a favor and stop by Pluto. We’re pretty sure they feel pretty left out these days.