You may not believe this, but not all of my clients come in saying they want to be a size 4, with a Kardashian booty, and rock hard abs. Many of my clients just want to get back to their normal and rebuild the strength they had prior to a surgery or health issue.
I have worked with Debby-Deb aka Sunshine for over 18 months. When she started, she was only 3 months into recovery after having a complicated L3 L4 Spinal Fusion which resulted in some nerve damage. Her goals were and are pretty realistic.
- Regain her balance
- Strengthen her core to aid her back health
- Lose the 35 pounds she’d gained after he accident / surgery
- Get back to wearing high heels
All achievable goals, but not without pitfalls and hurdles. After returning to work, she had to take time off of training due to renewed spinal and hip pain.
Well, we figured out a new plan of attack! She has a new goal and we have a new deal! We are starting back at the basics and we aren’t going to let pain keep her from her sessions. If all we can do is spend our time together stretching out those problem areas, we will work through the pain. Our deal is that she shows up no matter what and we adapt, overcome, and persevere to achieve her new goal! Stay tuned and see what tenacity and showing up can do! Bam!!!
I am going to keep preaching “never miss a Monday workout.” Check out this inspiring video compilation of Motivation! Focus! And The Rock!
Kill your Monday Workout! Bam!!!
Fridays are just as important as Mondays in my book! Starting today, I am going to post fitness questions, tips, videos, and inspiration to keep you motivated on your weekends! Come on! I’m a trainer and even I need motivation. As a matter of fact, I asked one of my Real Warriors to text me every time she worked out this weekend to keep me motivated aged to move! So let’s get moving! What workouts are you doing over the weekend! Check in with me and your accountability partners!
What is your favorite workout?
My favorite workout is a mix of Powerlifting and Bodybuilding. It is a combination of Strength Training and Muscular development, being strong and having muscular development is important to me and hey, it’s my job! Bam!
What is your favorite body part to train?
I love training Back and Legs. They’re the largest muscle groups, so when you train them properly you can feel it all over. I love how challenging it feels when I train those muscle groups. The other day, I trained legs so hard, my clients could tell by the way I was walking!
The Deadlift will add muscle to your hips, hamstrings, glutes, and back. What’s great about this movement is that, the strength that you will develop will have major carry over to sports and everyday life. If you are new to this movement, practice with just your body weight so you can learn the proper technique. Proper form and technique are crucial to staying injury-free!
It’s hard to overstate the importance of a strong core. Whether it’s keeping you upright while reading this article or powering you through tough, explosive workouts, the body’s core supports and enables nearly every move you make.
“The foundation of movement and physical fitness is posture—the ability to maintain joint alignment whether you are moving, sitting, or standing,” explains Mark Lauren, U.S. Special Operations trainer and author of You Are Your Own Gym. “Having good posture is largely dependent on your body being able to maintain a strong midsection.”
Because they require spinal and pelvic stabilization, body-weight exercises are particularly good for developing core strength. Lauren designed this body-weight routine, which is best done three to five times a week, to target the core from all angles.
Perform each exercise in this circuit for 40 seconds, resting for 20 seconds between exercises. Complete the circuit three times.
Move #1: The Bodyrock
- Start in a plank position with your feet at hip width, forearms on the floor, and shoulders directly above your elbows. Push your heels back as far as possible to lengthen your legs. The balls of your feet should rest on the floor.
- Keeping your back flat and abs engaged, rock from the balls of your feet to your toes to shift your body forward. When you’re in the forward “toe” position, you want to avoid going too far and having the tops of your feet touch the floor. Your shoulders will move beyond your elbows.
- Rock forward and backward slowly and steadily. Remember to keep your back flat and abs engaged throughout the movement.
Move #2: Birddogs
- Start on your hands and knees with core engaged.
- Maintaining a tight core, extend your right leg behind you and your left arm in front of you, keeping your toes and fingers on the floor.
- From this position, simultaneously raise your right leg (by contracting your right glute) and left arm until they are parallel to the floor. Focus on not arching your back and keeping hips level. Hold for three seconds and then return to the start position.
- Repeat with the opposite arm and opposite leg. Remember to keep your core tight and your hips level throughout the movement.
Move #3: Tripod Scissor Kicks
- Start in a plank position on your hands with your feet in a wide stance (the wider, the more challenging). Place your weight on the thumb-sides of your palms, with fingertips pressed into the floor.
- Keeping your head, neck, and shoulders aligned and your bellybutton drawn in toward your spine, extend your right hip to lift your right foot. Then move your right leg (still elevated) inward to hip width. Move your leg back outward, then return your foot to the floor.
- Repeat on the left side. Continue alternating sides. Remember to keep your head, neck, and shoulders aligned throughout the movement.
Move #4: Y-Squat
- Stand with your feet at hip width and toes facing forward; if it feels more natural to have your toes slightly turned out, that’s fine. Raise your arms overhead in a Y position with your palms facing forward.
- Bend your knees as you push your hips backward to lower into a squat. Go as low as you can while keeping your lower back flat and knees in line with your feet. Maintain the Y position with your arms and keep your elbows aligned with the sides of your head.
- Drive your weight through your heels as you engage your glutes and straighten your legs to rise to a standing position.
Move #5: Dead bug
- Lie on your back with your arms straight up (fingers pointing toward the ceiling and palms facing forward), both legs in a tabletop position, with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle and directly over your hips. You should feel a small space between your lower back and the floor. Draw your navel toward your rib cage, tilting your pelvis back, to close this space.
- Exhale as you slowly extend your right leg so that it hovers about 6 inches above the floor. As you do this, extend your left arm back behind your head. Hold this position for up to three seconds, or for as long as you are able, while maintaining a flat back. Inhale as you return your arm and leg to the starting position. Your lower back should remain pressed against the floor the entire time.
- Perform the movement with your left leg and right arm. Continue alternating sides.
Article Credit: Experiencelife.com