Archive for the ‘Legs’ Category

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Beautiful Beach Body – Week2

March 29, 2011

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If you’re looking for those perfect pins to display in shorts this summer, then look no further than SuperFitDirect’s leg exercises below. If you train your legs with these exercises 2-3 times per week and work to improve the amount of sets and reps you can do as well as the weight, your legs will shape and tone up in time for summer. To burn of fat from legs you need to also incorporate the exercises with some cardiovascular exercises such as running, cycling or an exercise class.

Equipment

A light free weight

Body ball

Yoga Mat

Chair

Inner Thigh Squeeze – (Inner Thighs)  2 sets of 20 reps

Place both hands and knees on your body ball, keep your feet on the floor for balance. Most of your bodyweight should be resting on the ball. Squeeze your knees together into the ball, hold this squeeze position for a second before relaxing but knees in contact with the ball. Repeat for remaining reps.

Side Lunge to Touch -(Inner and outer thighs)  10 reps alternating legs.

Stand with both feet together and your hands by your side. Take a large step to your right, when you place your right foot down, bend your knee and push your bum back as you lower your foot to the ground Once your right thigh is almost parallel to the floor, bend forward and touch your right shin with both hands then, push back up to your starting position and repeat on your left leg.

Perfect pins -(Thighs)   1 minute

Lie on your side and support your head with one hand. Lift your top leg and place you foot onto a chair. Very slowly, lift the lower leg to touch the underside of the chair, hold for a few seconds, lower several inches, then lift straight back. Continue for 30 seconds then switch legs and repeat.

Thigh and Calf squat – (Hips,thigh,calves and bottom) -2 sets of 20 reps

Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart, toes pointing out at 45 degrees. Put your hands on your hips. Bend your knees to 45 degrees and lift your heels off the floor, while squeezing your bottom tight. Slowly lower your heels back and straighten your legs.

Calf raise with dumbbells – (Calves and ankles) 2 sets of 20 reps

Stand with your feet hip -width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. Raise yourself into your tiptoes, keeping your weight evenly distributed between your big toe and little toe on each foot. Slowly lower your heels back to the ground.

Side leg lift- (outer thighs)

Lie on your side in a straight line with your leg on top of the other. Lift your top leg up towards the ceiling and then lower it with control. Pull your tummy into your spine and squeeze your bottom throughout the exercise. Repeat on the other side.

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Lose weight with this Elliptical training program

March 19, 2011

If you are looking for an entire body workout, which burns plenty of calories without the impact of the treadmill or running, then have a go on a elliptical trainer.

The elliptical trainer is a great cardio workout, it combines the movements and benefits of hiking, cross country skiing and biking, what makes the trainer unique is the combined upper and lower body workout. Muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, chest, back, triceps and biceps are all used during the workout. If you are looking to lose weight then you should ideally work out using the elliptical trainer 3 to 4 times a week in order to see maximum results.

If you have not used an elliptical trainer before or have not exercised for a while start off by following our beginners 15 minute plan. When you are comfortable with this exercise plan then stretch yourself again by increasing your workout time to 20 minutes, continue to increase your workout time by five minutes until you are working out for 30 minutes continuous.

Warm up on the elliptical trainer for 3-4 minutes with a steady movement. Stand upright on the trainer with your shoulders relaxed and with your stomach tight. Share the load between pushing and pulling with either side of your body and work your arms and legs evenly. During your workout keep your hips and shoulders forwards, make sure your do not start rolling your shoulders from side to side or swaying too much at the hips.

15 minute Plan for Beginners –Calories burnt = 75

1)      3 minutes at a comfortable level

2)      3 minutes increasing level by 1

3)      3 minutes increasing level by 2

4)      Repeat step 2

5)      3 minutes at a comfortable level

20 minute Plan For Intermediates – Calories burnt = 150

1)      3 minutes at a comfortable level

2)      3 minutes increasing level by 2

3)      3 minutes increasing level by 3

4)      3 minutes increasing level by 4

5)      Repeat step 3

6)      Repeat step 2

7)      2 minutes at comfortable level

30 minute Plan For Intermediates plus  – Calories burnt = 200

1)      2 minutes at a comfortable level

2)      2 minutes increasing level by 1

3)      2 minutes  increasing level by 2

4)      2 minutes by increasing level by 3

5)      2 minutes at a comfortable level

6)      Repeat step 1 -4

7)      2 minutes by increasing level  by 4

8)      2 minutes at a comfortable level

9)      2 minutes by increasing level by 1

10)   2 minutes by increasing level by 2

11)   2 minutes by increasing level by 3

12)   2 minutes by increasing level by 4

13)   2 minutes by increasing level by 5

After you have finished your 15/20 or 30 minute workout plan cool down on the elliptical trainer with 3-4 minutes of steady movement. Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth to help your recovery.

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Thinner Thighs Are a Workout Regimen Away!

February 24, 2011

 

Do you hate your thighs? If you are looking for leaner and toned inner thighs for the summer then look no further, you still have plenty of time left to make a difference. Gym classes that work the thighs include aerobics, circuit training and cardio combat these classes focus on elements such as squats and lunges and are great for toning. If you are not a member of the gym then running and power walking are great for burning fat and toning thighs. Combine any of these aerobic workouts with the following exercises that can be done at home to get your desired slimmer thigh results.

Outer Thigh Leg Lift -Outer thighs

2 sets of 20 repetitions

Lie on your side in a straight line with your legs on top of each other.

Lift your top leg up towards the ceiling

Lower your leg with control

Pull your belly button into your spine and squeeze your bottom throughout the movement.

Repeat on the other side

Dumbbell Leg Curl –Rear Thighs

2 sets of 20 repetitions using a light weight

Lie down on your stomach, fold your arms and rest your forehead on your arms

Hold a weight between your feet so that the top end of the weight rests on the soles of your shoe

Squeeze your feet together and curl your leg up towards your bottom

Slowly lower – control the weight at all times

The Thigh Squeeze -Inner Thighs

2 sets of 20 repetitions- Stability ball required

Place both hands and your knees on a stability ball ( keep your feet on the floor for balance)

The majority of your body weight should be resting on the ball

Squeeze your knees together into the ball and hold the squeeze for a second

Relax however keep your knees in contact with the ball.

Remember to carry out each exercise slowly, speeding up will cause you to use momentum rather than strength.