Fitness Trainer Charlee Atkins Says “Keep It Simple” and Shares Her 5 Favorite Exercises


There’s no need to complicate things when it comes to getting stronger. Le Sweat founder and certified strength and conditioning specialist Charlee Atkins, featured on Instagram Live workouts, shared some of her favorite strength training moves to help you get stronger. She said in her caption, “K.I.S.S. >> Keep it simple, stupid,” because these exercises are basic, yet still effective.

These five moves are called compound exercises, which are multi-joint movements that work groups of large muscle. In a previous post, NASM-certified trainer Tamara Pridgett explained that the more muscle groups working at once, the more energy you’ll expend, which means the more calories and fat you’ll burn. Atkins recommends starting to add these five compound moves into your workout routine:

  1. Romanian deadlift
  2. Goblet squat
  3. Single-arm bent-over row
  4. Push-up
  5. Elbow plank

Atkins uses a kettlebell in this video, but you can use any equipment including dumbbells, barbells, and resistance bands to perform these moves and to increase the intensity.

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