15-Minute Work­out

Weight plates aren’t just bar­bell trim­mings – plate up for a to­tal-body work­out

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

Fi­ness your plat­ing skills in four sim­ple moves

If you want to add weight to your work­outs, the Bell fam­ily (bar, ket­tle, dumb – ag, shame) aren’t your only go-to guys. A sin­gle weight plate (here, a five-kilo) can help you re­fine your tech­nique dur­ing up­per­body ex­er­cises (courtesy of its shoul­der-width di­am­e­ter), add dif­fi­culty to ba­sic strength ex­er­cises (plac­ing one hand or foot on the plate of­fers a sub­tle but ef­fec­tive change in el­e­va­tion) and master ro­ta­tional move­ments (the unique weight dis­tri­bu­tion can make it eas­ier to twist with­out com­pro­mis­ing form). Two or three times a week, do this cir­cuit by per­sonal trainer, Idalis Ve­lazquez. Per­form the moves in or­der, rest­ing only as needed. Re­peat as many times as you can in 15 min­utes.

YOU’LL NEED: ONE WEIGHT PLATE

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