Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Break your workout plateau with this summer exercise move from Get Fit with Carol O.
We often hit a plateau in our workouts. I know I do. I worked out on the elliptical for 30 minutes, three times a week, and I was doing this for three months, and did not see any more changes. So I revved up the time to 45 minutes twice a week, and started to incorporate bootcamp moves and more strength training. I saw results. My summer clothes fit me again (they didn’t last summer). The reverse lunge standing knee with single row incorporates balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. The foundation of the move comes from the core. I would suggest doing 4 to 6 on each side as a beginner, with 5- or 6-pound weights. When you improve, perform 8 to 12 reps, holding a 7- to 10-pound weight.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This move is similar to rolling down grassy hills like when you were a child...
This is a fun exercise to perform. The best part I think is when you roll over; reminds me of when my sisters and I used to roll down the grassy hill near our home. Who could get to the bottom first!? The iron man move is tough, requiring strength and quickness, but a great workout you will obtain!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
"We love mountain climbers," says Get Fit with Carol O!
Mountain climbers is a cardio heart-racing move that burns calories, builds endurance and develops core strength. You don’t have to be on a mountain to perform these moves; you can do them in your home, backyard and on a hill if you want the challenge. It’s a full body integration with a focus on your butt, hips, legs and thighs.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Get your heart pumping with this move from Get Fit With Carol O.
Lately, I have been incorporating bootcamp moves into my workout, as well as into my classes. I define bootcamp moves as actions that are performed a number of times that raises the heart rate and challenges your strength, endurance and cardiorespiratory. Reptile runs are a great component of cardio training. This move not only burns calories, but it will also jump-start your metabolism!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Pike Peak Push-Up will build strength, balance and flexibility.
A good all-body workout can be achieved by using your own body weight. You can build strength, balance and flexibility, which can build a strong core. The Pikes Peak Push-Up is such a move. You place your body into a downward dog position; in other words, your hands and toes are on the floor, with your body forming a triangle or a peak. Automatically your hamstrings and spine begin to stretch. You create upper body and core strength, and balance when you perform the move. The Pike Peak Push-Up is a challenging move, and it is recommended for those who want to go the next level in their fitness performance.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
You are using your body weight as resistance to hug your knees toward your chest, and squeezing your abdominals.
There are a number of ways to work your abdominals. You can google "ab crunches" and you will receive hundreds of articles and youtube videos. A benefit to working on your abs is that you can perform the exercises in your bedroom, backyard, in the gym or even in the park. The Knee Hug is one such move. You are using your body weight as resistance to hug your knees toward your chest, and squeezing your abdominals. Not only are you working your abs, but also developing core strength. Enjoy your own personal abs/hug cruncher!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
This is a standing core challenge.
This core stabilization move challenges your balance and coordination. This move can be performed anywhere: at home, at a park or at the gym. No weights necessary. Just you. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Try the Half Moon Pose.
I try to practice Bikram yoga at least three to four times a week, which I credit for my flexibility. There is a studio in West Roxbury called Yoga for You owned by Roslindale native Diane Ducharme. One particular pose from the Bikram Yoga series I would like to share with you is called The Half Moon Pose. This one pose strengthens, firms and stretches the body. It does all that! What gets strengthened? The abdomen, the back, shoulders and obliques. An additional bonus is this pose firms the buttocks and thighs. It also increases flexibility in the spine, and helps alleviate lower back pain. Perform this move everyday, and hold the move for 30 seconds on each side and reap the benefits of a fabulous posture! Half Moon Pose