Feeling like you have run out of ideas for new workouts? Want to start working out again but don’t know where to start? Figuring out what to do during your workout can be just as hard as changing your routine to include one. Below, we share some of Woodside’s Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher Taylor Deeds’ favorite workouts that can help you take charge of your fitness in 2020.
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Muscles Worked: Hip Flexors
How to: Sitting on the ground with chest high, back extended, knees bend and shins parallel to the ground. As you exhale, begin to straighten the legs while simultaneously lower your body toward the ground. Hold at the bottom and return to starting position.
This is a great movement to develop core strength, as well as work extension of your back. It’s very important to keep the extension in order to avoid lower back pain and really optimize core engagement.
Dumbbell Curl to Overhead Press
Muscles Worked: Biceps, Shoulders
How to: Standing with a tall posture, begin to bend the elbows bringing the dumbbells to the shoulders. From here, tighten your core muscles to keep tension out of the lower back and press the dumbbells overhead. Proceed to slowly lower dumbbells back down the way you came up.
This is a great bilateral movement to develop upper body strength.
Muscles Worked: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings
How to: Stand in a wide stance with toes slightly turned out. While holding a weight, start to bend the knees and lower down into a squat position. Hold at the bottom in your squat and then press yourself back to standing by pushing through the heels and squeezing the glutes. Make sure to keep knees tracking over the toes and maintain back extension.
This is a great bilateral movement to develop lower body strength, as well as work internal rotation of the hips.