The Best At-Home Leg Workout

Curtsy Lunge

If you’ve ever woken up with sore legs (hmm… not me, certainly not in the past 3 weeks… ha!), you realise just how significant these lovely limbs are.  The older I get, the more I’m struck by how often people lose their independence because of their inability to care for themselves physically, and this is too often a result of loss of strength.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  No, it happens little by little, that insidious weakness that gradually creeps in.  Then one day you sprain your wrist and all of a sudden you can’t get out of your chair anymore……

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Body-blasting Bootcamp

 

Plie squat to bicep curlAnyone still alive in this Manila heat??  In our bootcamp classes, we’re tending to run & jump rope less, and just let the heat index do our cardio work for us.  It’s true, when the temperatures soar, especially in the face of  high humidity, your body has to fight hard to stay cool during exercise.  Obviously, that means it takes less overall work to generate the same heart rate than in cooler temps.  This might be discouraging, except for the good news that you’re burning the same number of calories even considering this reduction in work output.  Phew!…

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Fitness Friday- Body Part Bootcamp

Dumbbell Squat (starting position)

Hi folks! Wanna have fun with a little body-part bootcamp we did in class last week?

It focusses on one major muscle group at a time:

  1. The “PUSH” muscles: chest, shoulders, and triceps
  2. The “PULL” muscles: lats, rhomboids, and biceps
  3. LEGS (There are technically PUSH and PULL muscles in the legs as well, but for an outdoor bootcamp without machines, it’s better to not try to isolate the muscles of the legs… we’ll just do ’em all together.)

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Full-Body Bootcamp

Full-body bootcamp

Happy Friday, folks!  It’s been awhile since I posted a workout for you, and this one’s a keeper…

I don’t normally get sore from my bootcamp workouts anymore, but I did from this one.  Maybe it was the workout… or maybe the 2-week Christmas break???  But whatever!  I intentionally paired up 2 exercises that fatigue the same muscle group (for example, pushups followed by overhead press,) and it really worked.  There are only 5 pairings (10 exercises total,) 3 for the lower body and 2 for the upper, and I found it to be a very efficient full-body workout that you can complete in 40-45 minutes including warm-up and cool-down….

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