The Ultimate Conference Call Workout: Core

You’re on more conference calls right now than you’ve ever been on in your life—maybe even back-to-back-to-back calls. And while your default response is probably to be sitting down for the duration for them all, why not have a little fun and incorporate some movement into your day every time someone breaches conference call etiquette? Enter: The Ultimate Conference Call Workout, for your core specifically.

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How it works: Whenever one of the below situations occurs, do the exercise prescribed. If you’re the one talking or presenting (or your company requires your camera to be on), make a note and commit to the workout later.

  • There is an awkward silence = 10 push-ups
  • The conference call drops = 10 burpees
  • Someone’s voice is entirely muffled on the phone and you can’t understand anything = 45 second plank
  • Someone “has a hard stop” = 50 bicycles
  • The classic “will circle back with you” is used = 15 full sit ups
  • The mute button is forgotten = 15 V-sit ups
  • There is furious typing in the background = 30 russian twists
  • Someone’s camera is accidentally on when they meant to just be on their phone = 10 plank to push-ups
  • Your call could’ve been an email: 50 crunches
  • Your main participant is a no-show: 30 mountain climbers
  • Someone reiterates something the person right before them said: 15 jack-knives
  • There is crunching right into the speaker: 12 plank hip dips
  • The opening line is “can everyone hear me alright?”: 10 inch worms
  • A “holistic strategic approach” is mentioned: 30 cross-body mountain climbers
  • Someone mentions the “end to end”: 10 windshield wipers (move legs together from right to left)
  • “I’m sorry I was on mute” is used: 10 second side plank right then left
  • Someone sounds like they’re under water: 5 plank jacks
  • Someone is accidentally sharing their screen: 10 second arm-raise plank
  • The presenter can’t figure out how to share their screen: 20 flutter kicks
  • You can tell someone has no idea what is going on: 10 plank leg raises
  • A “win-win” situation is mentioned: 20 Cross-body mountain climbers
  • There is a strange echo on the call: 12 scissor kicks
  • There are technical difficulties: Hundreds
  • Someone makes the excuse their computer crashed which is why they’re 20 minutes late to a 30 minute call: 10 reverse crunches
  • Someone’s texts pop-up on the shared screen: 5 Commandos or army planks
  • A dog barks in the background: 15 butterfly crunches
  • People try to talk all at once: 12 knee to elbow crunches

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About Samantha Kane

Samantha’s career was founded in the “healthcare trifecta”: insurance, acute care hospitals, and medical device sectors of the healthcare industry. Through her exposure to mega corporations, clinical operations, and the heroic products breathing life into operating rooms, Samantha has developed a unique insight into both the miraculous successes and alarming gaps populating our healthcare world today. Samantha has always had a fascination for merging science with art, and while “healthcare” and “writing” seemed to mimic an oil and water relationship, Samantha strives to use creative and relatable words as a gateway to help audiences better advocate for themselves within the health and wellness space. Samantha received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health with a Minor in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and earned her Master of Science degree in Health Systems Management at Rush University Hospital in Chicago. Samantha is guilty of over-sharing photos of her family’s golden retriever, is a bit obsessed with travel, and is usually in need of some fashion advice. Her greatest strength and weakness is that she can’t sit still for too long, so you can typically find Samantha trying new workout classes and roaming about Chicago when not in her 9 to 5 job.