Now that the Olympics are over…

I’m sure we’re all still trying to figure out what to watch now that the Olympics are over. So while the weather is still beautiful, why not get outside and enjoy! Get up, get out and take a walk with a friend or dig that bike out of the back of the garage and take a spin.
So now that the Olympics are no longer your excuse to stay inside, it’s time to get moving again. Use your favorite athletes from the games as your inspiration. I’ve got some great posts coming up to help you reach your fitness goals. I can’t wait to help you get back on track if you’ve taken a sideline or if you’ve kept it going, there’s hopefully something new to boost your routine.
Happy Summer!

Favorite Workouts Part Five

This is part five of a five part series to give you some workouts to partner up to get the most out of what you’re doing.

If you like to bike…
Focus on targeting your hips, glutes and legs with endurance based strength moves as well as core stabilizing exercises.  How this benefits your next cycle session? More pedal power and fewer aches and pains when you log extra miles

All you need is a stability ball to get this workout going.

  1. Jump Lunge: targets glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves
    • Lunge forward with left left, bending left knee 90 degrees, keep knee directly over ankle
    • From here jump forward 4-6 inches without switching legs, using arms for momentum
    • Stand up, do 5-10 reps, then switch sides and repeat
  2. Ball Back Extension: targets low to mid back, core, glutes and hamstrings
    • Lie down with your belly over the ball, feet hip width apart, legs extended and feet anchored to the bottom of a wall
    • Lift your chest off the ball while raising both arms out 45 degrees, palms down
    • Hold for 3 counts and lower back to start, do 10-20 reps
  3. Ball Leg Curl: targets lower back, abs, hips, glutes and hamstrings
    • Lie face up on the floor with calves on the ball, feet flexed and arms stretched out over head
    • Lift hips about 6 inches off the floor, forming a straight line from feet to shoulders
    • Slowly roll the ball toward glutes, until knees are bent 90 degrees and feet are flat on the ball
    • Slowly roll ball back to start and repeat, do 10- 20 reps

Fitness Magazine July 2007