Lateral Squats

Lateral Squats work many of the same muscles as a Split Squat or a Lunge, but in a lateral motion rather than straight forward. It’s a solid lower body pushing exercise you can mix into your program for a different challenge. Setup Take a wide stance with one foot slightly forward of the other. I like to line up the arch of my front foot with the toes of my back foot to make sure I always get into the same position. Execution Sit down and back into the side of the front foot. You should aim to get your […]

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Kettlebell Stiff Legged Deadlifts

The Deadlift is a major lower body exercise that falls into the pulling movement category. It works just about all the muscles on the back of the body, but especially around the hips. Traditional Deadlifts with a barbell pulled from the floor can be challenging because good form is difficult to learn and maintain. A nice alternative is the Stiff Legged Deadlift. It tends to be easier to learn and still works the same muscles. Using a kettlebell also makes the exercise easier to do because it eliminates having to hold a barbell or dumbbells in front of the thighs. […]

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Bodyweight Travel Workout

Does traveling for work or vacation take you out of your routine or limit your access to a health club? If you don’t want to take the week off from exercise, you can maintain with this mini circuit travel workout: Bridge Lie on your back with arms out, knees bent and toes up. Push through your heels to raise your hips up until you form a straight line from shoulder to knees. Pushup Start with your hands wider than shoulders and your body aligned from ears to ankles. Try to keep most of the pressure on the outer part of […]

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Posture Helpers

Good posture represents the correct alignment of bones and joints while standing, sitting and moving. When alignment is right, muscles are balanced and work efficiently. That muscle balance is important for preserving neck, shoulder, and low back health. People with good posture tend to feel better, have less pain and breath easier. They also present well and project confidence. But correct postural alignment is seriously challenged by the way many of us work and live. The hours we spend seated while commuting, at work and relaxing tend to add up to a lot of slumping. The head moves forward, taking the neck and […]

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Off the Floor Core

If I asked you to picture core training exercises in your minds eye, do you see exercises done on the floor? Although there are dozens of excellent floor based core exercises, there are also some great ones you can do standing. The secret to successful standing core exercises is to brace your midsection to keep your spine neutral. Perhaps the biggest job the core has is to stabilize the spine during function. Abdominal and low back muscle actions are coordinated to do this. Following along with this thought, current core training use movements that stimulate abdominal and low back activity while protecting […]

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