Form: To perform the side lunge, begin standing with your feet together. Slowly take a large step sideways with your right leg. Keeping your left leg straight, your right knee bends in line with your ankle. Hold for 2-3 seconds. Push off your right leg bringing it back together with the left. Repeat on the left side. Keep your transverse abdominis activates, ribs to hips, and clasp your hands together to keep your shoulders back.
Note: You can also add resistance to this exercise by holding a medicine ball.
Muscles Worked: Quads, Gluteus, Hamstrings, and Core
Form: Place one foot on a weight bench. Ensure your legs are hip width apart. Your front leg should be about 3 feet away from the bench. Place your hands on your hips. Slowly squat down until your knee is bent about 90 degrees. Be sure to keep your upper body straight as you squat with your ribs to hips and abs contracted. Return to the starting point.
Perform for several repetitions, then repeat the exercise on the opposite leg.
Muscles worked: gluteus, quads, hamstrings,and inner thighs, and calves.
Form: stand with the feet beyond shoulder width apart. The wide stance forces the inner thigh muscles to work harder. The toes should be turned out. Hold the medicine ball(optional) in front of the body or hands on the hips. Squat down until the legs are parallel. A partial movement (e.g. half way down) is okay for those with limited mobility. Be sure to keep the back straight and head up. Exhale as you stand up. Keep your hips tucked under, core activated, and ribs to hips.
Be sure to not allow your knees to extend beyond the toes during the course of the lift. This exercise can be performed with or without weighted resistance.
Form: Standing in the middle of the theraband, grasp the ends of the band in one hand. Lift you arm upward in front of your body to shoulder level. keep elbow straight and thumb facing upward. Hold and slowly lower, and repeat. Complete exercise on both arms.
Muscles Worked: Latissimus Dorsi (back), and Biceps
Form: Secure bands under one foot or knee. Place hands slightly wider than shoulder width. Grasp pull-up bar. Pull up until chin reaches bar, keeping proper posture. Slowly lower yourself to the starting position, repeat.
Special Considerations: Reach to grasp the pull-up bar with pronated grip. Place your hands shoulder-width apart.
Don’t lock your elbows and keep your shoulders back.
This is the first time this year I have gone so long without writing my blog, time to get back at it! I do have a very exciting reason why I have been absent recently…. I am opening a fitness and wellness studio in May!!! Get ready for something unlike anything else is Squamish! I will post more information as the big day approaches.
To introduce some of the new techniques I learn while away at my course I am offering a special promotion. The first 4 people to email me who are in the Sqamish area will get a complementary functional muscular and motor pattern imbalance assessment this Saturday.