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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Leg Workouts at Home

Before we start with the best leg workouts, it is important to know that leg workouts improve your mental strength. It takes a lot for one to kick start leg workouts because it takes lots of energy both mentally and physically.

Additionally, the best leg workouts also help you build a bigger upper body. This is because while performing heavy squats, the chest muscles are tensed up. So -leg workouts are not just necessarily to help develop the leg muscles but also other body muscles. It will also greatly improve your overall balance.

The best leg workouts to do at home

The Squat

The squat is basically a must in any body building exercise, and one of the best leg workouts. It is essential because it works on more body muscles than any other body movement.

Squats are a great way you can improve your flexibility. Remember, having a highly flexible body helps to greatly reduce any injury risks while performing other workouts.

Most of the effective squats will usually require you to have some weight. The squat jump is a cool one that doesn’t need any weights. To effectively achieve this, make sure your feet are hip-wide, jump high, then again after a second or so. As you jump, make sure it is as high as possible.

The reason why this workout is so effective is because not only are your core muscles activated, but also all of your lower body muscles. If you are to look for just one exercise out of the best leg workouts, then squats are the ones to pick.

The Scissor Box Jump

The Scissor box jump is one of the best leg workouts to help you get faster and even stronger. To perform this, you will need a bench or a hard box. You can also make use of the first step on your staircase if you have nothing to work with.

To execute the scissor box jump, allow one leg to be on the bench, hard box or staircase, then jump. While in mid air, switch your legs so that the one that was on the higher object goes down to the floor and the one that was on the floor goes up.

It is advised to pause for about a second before redoing the process. Again, make sure you jump as high as possible.

While the scissor box jump leg work is great for developing leg muscles, it also helps to exercise the lower body. Additionally, it is a great workout for burning fats.

Hip raise with single leg

Leg Workouts for Women: The hip raise with a single leg is perceived to be for women by many people but it is a good exercise for both men and women. The great thing about the hip raise with a single leg workout is that in addition to working on your legs, your abs, core, and gluts also get to be exercised.

To perform the hip raise with a single leg exercise, lie down on your back with your arms slightly away from your body. Keep one leg straight on the floor, while the other knee is bent and feet on the floor.

Now, raise the straight leg up until your thigh is in the air. Then go further to raise your hips until your lower back is also in the air. This will exercise your lower back and keep it fit.

At that point, hold for a moment, then return to original position and switch legs.

The Side lunge

The side lunge is a little unique because it exercises the legs, thighs, and gluts; but in a slightly different manner.

The right way to perform the side lunge is to place your feet about a meter apart. While keeping your left leg straight, move backward towards the right side. While lowering your body, slowly and gently bend your right knee. Continue lowering your body until your thigh is straight and parallel to the floor.

Hold for about 2 seconds, and then gently move back to the starting position. Now switch and move to the opposite side. While doing this, remember to always have your feet flat on the floor.

One of the advantages of the side lunge workout is that your core stability is increased. In addition to that, your hip flexure flexibility is also improved.

Another great positive is the ability for the exercise to de-load your spine. De-loading the spine is when load, weight or stress is taken off the spinal. Allowing the spinal to relax. This is helpful because most of the workouts exert pressure on the spine.

Lastly, since you exercise one side of your body at a time, the side lunge immensely contributes to having a great body balance.

Because of the tremendous benefits of the side lunge, it is slightly complex. Even though it looks otherwise. Ideally, you are supposed to maintain your torso upright while having your pelvic poorly positioned.

Keep Fit at the Office

Corporate fitness enthusiasts have been spreading this trend across office buildings worldwide. They call it “deskercise”, a combination of desk and exercise! Many employees have been trying it out at work and have positive results! We gathered 5 of the simplest of exercises on how to workout at your desk!

1. Alternate Sitting and Standing
Instead of just keeping your body idle, why not sit and stand at different times of the day! This keeps the blood flowing all-throughout your body! Did you know that just standing up burns fat? If you’re not typing or reading from a screen, try stretching your legs and stand up to take that call or brainstorm on your feet. Some people who’ve tried it say it keeps them more alert and responsive while working!

2. Try Walking Meetings
You don’t have to be alone in keeping fit at the office! Encourage your co-workers to join you in having a meeting while walking! It doesn’t have to be that long, just going down to the nearest store for coffee or a snack is enough. Exercise your mind and body by moving your legs to get the blood pumping while absorbing sunlight for some vitamin D to give skin that natural glow and stay awake.

3. Strengthen Calves
Feel like your feet are turning into cement? Try pointing your toes while sitting down or standing up! Not only will it stretch your toes and crack some knots, but it will also strengthen your feet and calves to keep it firm. It will relax your lower body and ready your legs ready for your walk to the car or even straight home! Do this as often as you like stretch some muscles and give better leg definition.

4. Shoulder Blade Squeezes
When work is building up and you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, why not relax your shoulders with simple exercises! You can sit down, straighten posture, and move your elbows backwards like you’re squeezing something with your shoulder blades, stay in that position for 15-20 seconds and release. Do as many times as you want or need, it will help shake off anxiety.

Booty Shaping Exercises

1. Lunges: This exercise really does tone and shape your butt. When you first start doing lunges don’t add any extra weight. Your body needs to get used to this type of exercise first. Lunges put extra stress on your knees so it is important that you do this exercise properly. There are plenty of free exercise videos on YouTube which can teach you the correct way to do a lunge.

2. Squats: Squats are the most popular exercise to tone up muscles. Use your own body weight for resistance training. Remember to keep your back straight while doing squats. This takes the pressure off your lower back and puts it on your buttocks were it is most needed. Other things to remember when doing squats are: distribute your weight evenly by keeping your feet flat on the floor and using your heels to push you up out of the squat. Don’t drop into a squat; use controlled movements so that your knees will not be put under a lot of extra pressure.

3. Stair Climbing: Instead of taking the elevator why not climb a few sets of stairs instead? Alternatively you can use a stair climber at the gym or in your home if you have one. The muscles in the backs of your legs and buttocks get an excellent workout when climbing stairs.

4. The Isometric Butt Squeeze: You can do this while watching T.V. Lie face down on the floor and squeeze your butt cheeks together for 30 seconds at a time. Alternatively, you can do this exercise while sitting in a chair or standing. Butt squeezes are exceptionally good for women; it tightens the pelvic floor area and tones the buttocks at the same time.

5. Step-ups: For this exercise you will need a step or bench. You start with one foot on the ground and the other on the stair. Push off with your foot that is on the ground until it reaches the same height as the one on the stair. Slowly lower back down until your foot is back on the floor. Change feet and repeat as many times as you can.

Improve Bench Press

Form & technique

The lifts will actually start on the set-up. The right set-up depends on the primary goal. If you would like to lift a lot of weight, it is important to choose a power lifting set-up. This requires you to lie on a bench while grabbing the bar using an underhand grip. Ensure that your feet remains under the bench while below the hips. The feet balls should touch the floor and the heels should also be raised.

The Set-up

If the primary goals of the workouts are shape and hypertrophy, it will be necessary to set up the bench in a different manner. You should start by setting the feet first. However, you place them below the hips or they can flat in front of you. In case you are finding it difficult to maintain the hip on a bench when pressing, you can try keeping the feet under the hip to enable you have a great leg drive degree. After this you can lie back before dipping your traps for stability. Body builders usually need their muscles to be taken through a wide range of motion. Therefore, you do not any big arch. Ensure that your torso remains on the bench.

Leg drive

Many lifters don’t understand leg drive and the best way of using it. The good news is that it is not difficult at all. No matter the reason for lifting weight, you will need to ensure that your feet are firmly on the ground. You should also maintain a certain amount of tension as you raise the bar to the chest. As the bar gets into contact with your chest, use your legs to punch hard and raise the bar upwards. The role of the legs is to pop the bar from the chest. The increased momentum will help to move the bar though the sticking points.