Featured Exercise: 1-Leg Bench Squat

Featured Exercise:  1-Leg Bench Squats

Primary Muscle Groups:  Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Glutes

Secondary Muscle Groups:  Hip Abductors, Hip Adductors

The 1-Leg Bench Squat is a great introduction to the more advanced, 1-Leg Squat.  Able to be performed anywhere there is a chair, bench, or bed, this particular exercise is a great way to make your lower-body exercise routine a little more challenging without adding any extra resistance beyond your own body weight.  In addition to the benefits of the regular squat, the 1-Leg Bench Squat challenges the stabilizing muscles of the knee and hip, improving tracking of the kneecap and helping to avoid conditions such as osteochodritis and patelofemoral syndrome.

Strengthen the leg and hip in a way you’ve never done before!

Instructions:
Standing in front of a bench, flex one hip to 90-degrees so that you are standing on only one leg.  With your foot flat on the floor, hinge the torso forward at the hips and bend the knee and flex the hip, bringing yourself to a seated position on the bench.  Inhale as you come down.  Exhale as you extend your hip and knee, returning to standing position.  Make sure that knee does not come farther forward than the toe and your back stays neutral as you come down to seated position.  Repeat this movement for the required number of repetitions, then switch sides and complete the exercise on the other leg.

Recommendation:Start with 8-10 repetitions on each side.  Perform 2-3 sets.  Discontinue the exercise if it places too much stress on the knee.

Featured Exercise: Burpees

Featured Exercise: Burpees

Primary Muscles: You name it, it’s working.

Ok, I think the name says it all.  Don’t ask me the etymology of the word, but the image you’ve conjured up in your mind probably fits the bill.  If you’re not familiar with the Burpee, it is a great total body exercise that does not require any equipment, yet leaves you feeling like you’ve just completed a full gym workout.  There are a few variations for all fitness levels, which you will find in the video below.  Give this one a try, if you dare…

Workout of the Day: Circuit

Circuit:
Modified Pull-ups x 10
Push-ups x 20
Abdominal Crunches x 30
Squats x 40
Mountain Climbers x 50
(perform each exercise back to back with minimal rest, then rest for 90 sec and repeat 2-3 times)

This is a great full-body, circuit-style workout.  Get the heart-rate up and boost the metabolism with this workout that’s sure to leave you soaked and spent.  Enjoy!

J

Workout: Basic Strength Training

Workout of the Day: Basic Strength Training

So you’ve decided to replace one of those cardio workouts with a strength training workout.  Don’t know where to start?  Try this one out.

Circuit 1
Push-ups x 15
Reverse Lunges x 15 each side
Ab Crunch x 25
(Repeat)

 Circuit 2
Chair Dips x 15
Chair Squats x 15
Prone Cobra x 10
(Repeat)

 Do all three exercises in the circuit back to back, then rest for 60 seconds, and repeat the circuit one more time.  All of the highlighted exercises have been “Featured Exercises” in the past, and have links to instructions.  For instructions on any of the others, just leave a comment and I will be sure to explain.  Push-ups can be on your feet or kneeling, whichever you need.  You can feel free to add weight to the Reverse Lunges and Chair Squats with dumbbells, a medicine ball, or anything that adds weight like water jugs or small children (I have used this one myself).  For a greater challenge, increase the repetitions on some of the exercises, or do 3 sets instead of 2.  Be safe, and always stay within your level of fitness!

J