Busy holiday shopping, cooking,  travel, and family time may not always leave time for a full out gym workout.

No jive turkey,  it can present a complex situation for your physique goals.

SOLUTION: My favorite go to work out,  I lovingly dubbed the name,  “A Complex Situation”


DISCLAIMER: This is not for the faint at heart or the non dedicated exercisers.

So what exactly is a “complex”: ‘one of the most advanced forms of sports training,it integrates strength training, plyometrics, and sport-specific movement. It consists of an intense strength exercise followed by or coupled with a plyometric exercise.'(Wikipedia)

Complex training focus: Explosive Power

Simply put: It’s plyo-strength training used mainly by speed and power athletes,  but you too can do it too and #OohKillEm! No Jive Turkey..it’s Done and you maintain a fit physique, even in the “off-season”:

Abs in the off-season - Complex Training

How you ask? The best part of this type of training is that it takes approximately 20 minutes or less to get a good burn going! “Complexes are a series of exercises done as one long circuit, without rest in between exercises.” (www.topme.com) Simple as that! QUICK & POWERFUL, 
like a speed and power athlete would perform! So, like in the throws of the championship game, stay in it, and finish strong!

Sprinting: Speed and Power - Complex training focus

The following complex training workout I designed, “A Complex Situation,” only takes 20 minutes if you’re diligent in staying in it until it’s over! That’s the key to the effectiveness of any complex training regimen,  sticking it out the entire time, no breaks, every round,all reps, and every set until it’s done! The amount of weight used, is up to your individual fitness level,   however because it incorporates upper and lower body movements at a fairly quick pace,  use your heaviest tolerable upper body lifting weight at the most, no jive turkey,  you try this with your max squatting weight, you won’t make it past round 1! Don’t be afraid to dial down until you get the movements right. The Form First Rule! Injury prevention!

A Complex Situation w/ Candice Maria

Also, as a side note, I have programmed the entire routine into the workouts database, so you can access the full workout template and log your progress if you are a member in the http://www.bodybuilding.com BodySpace community

Another benefit to complex training is the simplicity of not needing a lot of equipment. While a classic circuit will have you switching from station to station or machine to machine, a complex uses the same piece of equipment for each exercise for the entire workout. The equipment needed for this work out can be picked up at your local sporting goods store while you’re out holiday shopping. ..no jive turkey you really have no excuses now!

No gym, No problem!

Why this method works? The beauty of
compound exercises! These are those exercises that use many muscle groups all at once. Thus, more muscle fibers are in action in one rep, vs in an isolation exercise. Training in this manner  increases the amount of calories your body needs to burn.

So before you grab a bite of that turkey dinner,  take 20 minutes and knock out this workout. Turn on your metabolic furnace before that bird hits your belly,  no jive turkey!


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I began back in May of this year participating in an #UnderArmour #Instagram challenge called #SweatADay hosted by #UnderArmour sponsored athlete #ShaunaHarrison, PhD. Each day she posts a challenge workout or exercise related to general strength training, cardio, and/or yoga!

Participants in the challenge mimic and record each days exercise and post their variation of the day’s challenge exercise on their instagram account tagging the challenge host, sponsors, and using the designated #hashtags related to the challenge! I continue to participate in #SweatADay and this month she will be selecting #SweataDayAllStars from the posts of previous challenge winners!

Check out my #SwagBag gear from winning the challenge in May:

UnderArmourWomen Studio Lux Outfit
UA Womens 6 pack socks and Shoes
UA Womens Running Shoes, Duffle Bag, and "Sweat" Band

Through the challenges I have had the opportunity to meet a fun community of like minded fitness enthusiasts like myself and became a winner of the super awesome #UnderArmour #swagbag!

I also became so inspired by the challenges that as a fitness professional myself,  I decided to launch a few of my own and even acquired a challenge sponsorship in the process! See my post about the #LivingFitCityChallenge I’m hosting for an up and coming #UrbanObstacleRace company called #CityChallengeRace

I am giving away FREE Race entries to dedicated challenge participants along with featuring them here on my website as the #IAMaFitnessModel monthly feature! Visit my Fitness Model of the Month to meet last month’s #Instagram challenge winner who will serve as this month’s #ChallengeAmbassador!