How to Get in Shape, According to Math
Contrary to popular opinion, eating pie and solving math problems is not the only way to commemorate Pi Day on March 14. As it turns out, there are plenty of people who celebrate this day with a workout designed around the infinite number. Always game to mix up our exercise routines, we reached out to the team at MVMT Theory for a fun and festive Pi Day workout.
If you’re wondering what this entails, you’re not alone. While we hadn’t heard of the “trendy” workout until recently, it just so happens to be a pretty big deal on the World Wide Web. After some research and a few attempts at following online tutorials, we came to love the pi-designed workout, which is similar to an interval routine, except the minutes you spend on each exercise is based on the digits of pi: three minutes of running, one minute of rest, four minutes of body-sculpting. For MVMT Theory's Pi Day workout, keep on reading.
3 Minutes of Hype Cardio
MVMT Theory believes in using music as workout motivation, so it's no surprise that they suggest a cardio dance sequence for the first three minutes of the exercise. What are you waiting for? Blast your favorite tune, and follow the below sequence while keeping time with the beat of your music:
- One minute of pliés: Standing with straight legs shoulder-width apart and your feet turned out, bend so that your knees are in alignment with your toes, making sure not to stick your butt out.
- One minute of jump lunges: Standing with your feet facing forward with your right leg slightly in front of you and your left leg just behind you, bend your right leg and extend your left leg further behind you. As you straighten your legs to come up, push off the ground and alternate legs.
- One minute of isolation and hip dips: With feet planted on the ground shoulder-width apart, move just your torso in a circular motion. Once you have that down, add in hip dips by scooping your hips from side to side while keeping your legs in plié position and your core engaged.
1 Minute of Active Resting and Breathing
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To actively rest, the MVMT Theory team says to put your arms behind your head and walk around, as this will "keep your lungs open, slow your heart rate," and keep your body in motion, ready to take on the next intense workout routine. If you should need a sip of water, now is the moment to take one.
4 Minutes of Sculpt Burnout
For the the next four minutes, MVMT Theory focuses on different segments of the body with sculpting workouts targeting areas such as abs, arms, and glutes. Since quite a bit of the exercises are floor work, it would be wise to use a yoga mat (like Yeti Yoga's Pisces Mat, $60). The hard-core sculpting sequence is as follows:
- One minute of abs: Start lying down on your back. With both arms together, straight out in front of you, lift your right leg up and reach across to the outside of your leg (shoulders should be off the ground). With your core engaged, bring your right leg down. Repeat this move with your left leg. Keep rotating legs for one minute.
- One minute of glutes: Start in a tabletop position on all fours. Extend your right leg outside near your right hip as much as you can, then carry it over to the other side so that it hits a diagonal line from right hip down to your right leg. Tap the floor. Switch legs.
- One minute of plank taps: Keep your core engaged while holding a plank position on your hands. Take your right hand and tap your left shoulder. Alternate arms for one minute.
- One minute of tricep dips: With your feet planted on the floor, place your arms directly behind you on a surface. Then raise your hips and lower your body utilizing your arms.
For more intense exercise routines, check out our guide to the best HIIT workouts.
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