Friday, February 11, 2011

Fitness Friday-No Equipment? No Problem!

BODY-WEIGHT SQUAT (legs) Put your hands on your hips or fold them over your chest. 1) From a standing position, feet about shoulder-width apart, squat down until both knees reach 90 degrees 2). As you lower yourself, keep your lower back slightly arched, head up, and stick your glutes out as if you were going to sit in a chair. Also, be sure that your knees aren't out past your toes as you squat--if they are, you're not moving your glutes back far enough as you squat. Once you reach the bottom position, flex through your quads, hamstrings and glutes to power yourself back up to a standing position and repeat.

WALKING LUNGES (legs) With your hands on your hips, assume a comfortable stance, feet shoulder-width apart, head up and torso erect 1). From there, step with your right leg straight out in front of you, as deep as you can go without moving your left foot. Plant your right foot and bend your right knee to 90 degrees 2). Then, flexing the muscles of your thigh, push yourself back up to a standing position and repeat the movement with your left leg. Alternate until you've completed 10 reps per leg.

PUSH-UP (chest) Put your hands a little wider than your shoulders. For regular push-ups put your toes on the floor, for modified push-ups put your knees on the floor.  Feet/knees and legs stay together, and raise up into an arms-extended position 1). Slowly lower yourself until your chest just touches the floor 2) return to the starting position and repeat. As you lower yourself, concentrate on feeling the stretch in your chest, and flex on the way up using slow and controlled movements! As you tire, the head naturally wants to extend itself toward the floor which makes you feel as though you are doing a push-up when in fact your are extending your neck. Watch out for this. Your elbows should be leading the way as the bend to lower your torso,

INVERTED PUSH-UP (shoulders) Place your feet or knees (easier) on a chair, step or bench. Place your hands out in front of you shoulder-width apart. Without moving your feet/knees, creep your hands backward until your body is bent almost 90 degrees and your head is facing the floor. Press up until your arms are straight--you should resemble an inverted V 1) slowly lower your head toward the floor until your arms are almost bent 90 degrees 2) and repeat.

CLOSE-GRIP PUSH-UP (triceps) Do these the same as you do the regular push-ups, except bring your hands closer so that your thumbs and index fingers form a triangle beneath your chest 1). As you descend, your elbows will point outward; once your chest comes in light contact with your hands 2), slowly return to the starting position and repeat. These can be tough, just do as many as you can!

LYING TORSO RAISE (lower back) Lie facedown on the floor and place your hands loosely behind your neck 1). Slowly raise your upper body until your chest is a few inches off the floor 2). You should feel your lumbar spine and lower-back muscles contracting as you rise up. Hold the top position for a two-second count, slowly return to the starting position and repeat.

NO WEIGHT CONCENTRATION CURL (biceps) Standing, grasp your left wrist with your right hand 1). Apply pressure with the hand as you slowly and deliberately curl your left arm 2). Once your elbow is fully bent, give your biceps an extra squeeze and hold for a second before slowly lowering. Complete all reps for one side before switching arms. Since you don't have the benefits of a weight, you need to do this exercise in a controlled manner, focus on keeping your working biceps fully engaged throughout each rep, and apply some challenging pressure with that nonworking hand.

BASIC CRUNCH (abs) Lying face-up, your knees bent and feet on the floor. Keep your hands behind your head 1) avoid the temptation to pull on your head. Curl your torso as you bring your shoulder blades up a few inches 2) squeeze your abs, and then slowly return to the starting position.  The longer your shoulder blades are off the floor, the more work your abs have to do.

REPEAT 2x's for a great full body, no equipment, strength training workout!

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