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Two moves for total body strength

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1. Weighted Sumo Squats

To start, a squat is a basic lower-body exercise. Due to the activation of more than one joint and muscle, this exercise is classified as a compound exercise. When factored into a weight training program, squats give you fast gains in size and strength. When incorporating them into your training routine, there are a number of squat variations to consider based on your individualized goals—front and back squats, overhead squat, jump squat, single-leg squat, goblet squat and sumo squat (just to name a few). A sumo squat, also known as a plie squat is a variation on a standard squat and differs in two main ways—foot positioning and muscle emphasis.

The main difference between the two exercises is the placement of your feet. During a regular squat, the feet are placed hip-width apart, and the toes face forward or slightly out. When doing a sumo squat, the feet are in a wide stance with the toes turned out at an even greater angle.

Because of the foot positioning, the muscles emphasized in each of these variations differs, too. Both work the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors and calves. However, the sumo squat places more emphasis on the inner thigh adductors, and glutes. Depending on your core strength, you may also find sumo squats an additional challenge to your balance, as you’re putting your body into a new alignment and need stability to keep from rocking forward or back on your heels.

To perform: Stand with your feet wide, toes pointing out. Bend your knees, lowering your hips deeply, so your thighs are parallel with the floor. …
Then rise back up, straightening the legs completely and squeezing the glutes at the top of the movement to get the most from the exercise.

2. In & Out Dumbbell Bicep Curls

To develop an impressive set of biceps you need to target the muscles from every angle. That’s right, muscles. The biceps brachii (long and short heads), as well as the medial head and brachioradialis (forearm) must all receive some (tough and exhausting) love in order for you to achieve attention-grabbing guns. The perk of this one is that you will feel these in your entire arms, including your shoulders… not just you biceps. Hello tank top arms!

To perform: Weights by your side, lift and do a normal bicep curl and back down, then turn your hands facing out and do a bicep curl. That is one rep.

Check out the demo video here:

 

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New Booty Circuit!

Here is a clip from my most recent Glute Training Circuit! This one is great for people who want serious results but have knee problems and cannot handle all the squats and lunges shown in my previous posts. Feel free to modify your sets and reps to your fitness level, and most importantly… Have fun!

The REAL Fountain of Youth?

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For any and all of us who have gone to extremes or spent countless hours in search of a magical solution to turn back the hands of time, guess what? I’m going to let you in on a little secret… Shhhh… There is a solution, and it’s not a hidden ancient mystery or a magical potion you can consume and instantly transform into a younger version of yourself. It is however a technique that people have been using for countless generations. It’s a little thing called “strength training.” Read more

Gym Workout – Creativity in Action

The next time you’re at your gym, take a look around at all the warning signs cautioning you to be careful to use the equipment properly and as directed. I don’t know about you, but sometimes that gets boring for me. Gym workouts are so much more fun when you break the rules and get creative with the equipment! Sometimes, rules are made to be broken…

Okay, okay… be careful too 😉

Booty Gym Circuit

 

It’s Fitness Friday!! If you’re heading to the gym to get your pump in, try this circuit for a little extra booty work! Do each exercise with reps of 10 or 15, and then circle back around to see how many sets you can do. Shoot for 5 sets and get silly with it!! Fitness doesn’t have to be work! 😉

Overcome Your Fitness Plateau

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In honor of “Transformation Tuesday”, I elected to examine the fitness progress I’ve made just within the past year. I was anticipating the visual comparison since I haven’t lost any weight and my problem areas still bother me. However, I knew I had been doing some things differently to prevail over my plateau so my curiosity was peaked. The fact of the matter is that I’ve always been very fit. Fitness has always been a top priority and if you asked anyone this time last year, I’m sure they would’ve considered me a “fit” girl. I worked out almost every day and was in good shape. (Especially considering I sit at a desk for a living) Boy, am I glad I didn’t settle for mediocrity. Just in the past year, my thighs and buns have tightened up significantly, my abs are more defined, I have increased strength and endurance, and overall everything is more lifted and firm. The most exciting part is knowing I will be in even better shape next year! Here is my advice if you are struggling with a fitness plateau: Read more

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