Back to Exercise
Besides wanting to continue with Yoga and Pilates, I need to also add back Strength Training. This week we’ve had my grandbaby and just trying to hold her can get tiring. It reminds me why I NEED to get back into shape …
Heather Marr, an amazing trainer (and model) GREAT strength training tips.
Link to more of her MindBodyGreen articles on her name (below) for more informative workouts and to her own website (all information below).
These No-Equipment Exercises Will Make You Super Strong – And They’ll Strengthen Your Brain
After all, being able to perform that extra pushup or lunge after working toward our goal is not merely a physical gain. We see this ripple through our outlook on life, our confidence, and our willingness to strive for more in all areas of our lives. Especially if you’re preparing to travel this holiday season, these do-anywhere workout moves will be your best friend—a chair or a park bench is all you need.
1. Forward to reverse lunge.
Start standing (with dumbbells in hands if using them) with your arms at your sides. Step forward with the right foot and lower the left knee until it almost touches the ground and right thigh is almost parallel to the ground, breathing in. Pushing through the heel of your right foot (this is the working leg), lift the right leg up and back behind the body, similar to a forward lunge but passing the starting position and landing behind you. Lower until the right knee almost touches the ground and the left thigh is almost parallel to the ground. Pushing through the heel of the left foot (this is the working leg), step the right leg all the way from behind you to the front of you as if you are performing a reverse lunge but passing the starting position. That’s one rep.
2. Triceps bench dip.
On a flat bench position with your hands behind your back about shoulder-width apart, holding on to the edge of the bench, place your feet in front of you flat on the ground, legs bent and knees at a 90-degree angle. That’s your starting position. Lower your body, bending at the elbows while breathing in and keeping the elbows as close to your body as possible. Using triceps, breathe out and return to starting position. That is one rep.
3. Decline pushups.
Start in a plank position with your toes on a bench and your hands on the floor. Keep your body in a straight line with your ribs lifted. That’s your starting position. Bending at the elbows, lower your body until your chest almost touches the floor while breathing in. Straighten the arms, pushing your body back up to starting position while breathing out. That’s one rep.
4. Jump lunge-squat combo.
Start in a lunge position with the back knee nearly touching the floor. Jump, swinging your arms as you switch leg position midair to land with the opposite leg in front. Make sure you land in a full lunge position, with the front knee bent and back knee almost to the floor. Repeat movement, swinging arms as you switch leg position midair to land with opposite leg in front. Next, jump and land in a squat position, hips back and thighs parallel to the floor and back straight. That’s one rep.
5. Jump in, jump out.
Start in a plank position with feet together and hips lifted to activate the core. That’s your starting position. Hop feet in, keeping hips and heels raised. Wait for one beat, then jump feet back to the starting position. That’s one rep.
Want more body-weight exercises? Here are 10 you can do anywhere.
Heather Marr is a personal trainer from Canada who specializes in training models. She is the co-creator of The Model Trainer Method and co-founder of Toneandstyle.com. Heather got her start in the industry as a model with Elite and learned very quickly what not to do. She became a trainer to help girls in the industry get fit, lose weight, and keep it off the healthy way. Before moving to Manhattan two years ago, Heather ran her own training business in Toronto. She has clients who reside all over the world, including the United States, Europe, Australia, Canada, and Asia. Heather designs all of her clients’ diets and program plans and believes that together nutrition and training shape the body.