Rear Dip Lunge With Tricep Kickback

Rear Dip Lunge With Tricep Kickback

lunge-with-tricep-kickbackHow to do it:

  • Holding a dumbbell in each hand, step your left foot directly behind you, taking a wide stance, and bend your legs, lowering your torso down into a lunge. Be sure and maintain that core stability to prevent injury.
  • While in lunge position, keep your shoulders over your hips, back knee slightly bent, front knee in alignment with your front toes, shoulders back and down.
  • Feel your weight in your right (front) heel as you push yourself to standing.
  • As you return to standing, do a tricep kickback: Reach your arms back behind you and extend, feeling a squeeze in the tricep.

Beginners:

  • Practice the lunge and tricep kickback movements separately and without weights at first.

Advanced:

  • When you come to standing, use your core muscles to lift the back leg off the floor and extend it behind you, squeezing the glutes as you perform the tricep kickback.

WOW (Workout Of The Week)

W.O.W. (Workout Of The Week)
January 13-19

Schedule:

Monday 1/13: Leg Lift video (below) **password: reshape
Tuesday 1/14: Double Trouble (below)
Wednesday 1/15: Leg Lift video (below) **password: reshape
Thursday 1/16: Double Trouble (below)
Friday 1/17: Leg Lift video (below) **password: reshape
Saturday 1/18: Double Trouble (below)
Sunday 1/19: Have fun!

Leg Lift:

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Double Trouble:

Instructions: 2 rounds, 15 reps each

Moves (pictures to follow):

  1. Rear dip lunge with tricep kickback
  2. Squat with bicep curl and overhead press
  3. Cannonball
  4. Side crunch
  5. Squat and reach (cardio)

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Squat and reach

 

The ABCs of Killer Abs

The ABCs of Killer Abs

When it comes to abs, the older we get, the harder it is to keep your abdominal area flat. Many of us have the “pooch,” “love handles,” and the dreaded “muffin top.” But don’t worry. Uncovering your beautiful tummy is easier than you think. It incorporates working three muscle groups: the Rectus Abdominis, the Obliques, and the Transverse Abdominus.

Working these series of muscles are the keys to a trimmer tummy. In today’s video, I will show you how to incorporate simple moves that will give you powerful results!

Here’s to your health!
Kathy Smith

The Cellulite Solution

The Cellulite Solution

the-cellulite-solutionTabloids love to expose celebrities’ less-than-perfect derrieres or thighs because they, like a lot of people, have cellulite. Of course, no one wants to have cellulite, but chances are most of us do, at least to some degree.

Just because so many of us have cellulite doesn’t mean everyone knows what it is, much less why it occurs. But even more importantly, do you know what to do about it? It can be confusing because there are a lot of myths and misnomers out there.

Well, I think it’s time to know the truth about cellulite.

What is it?

First of all, it’s not a medical condition. Cellulite is nothing more than fat lying directly beneath the skin. What happens is there’s only so much room for these fat cells and they get pushed up toward the skin. This action puts pressure on the surrounding fascia.

Fascia is a web of connective tissue surrounding muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Think of it like the netting of a tennis racket with the strings representing the fascia. Over time, though, those strings or tissues lose their collagen and elasticity or too much fat develops and the fat gets pushed through the netting. That’s what gives a dimpled appearance, or what we call cellulite.

Cellulite doesn’t just appear. There are different grades or degrees:

• Grade 1: Detection at this stage is nearly impossible with the naked eye because it’s happening on a microscopic level.

• Grade 2: Some symptoms appear, such as a loss of elasticity in the skin and a cooler temperature to the touch.

• Grade 3: This is the look we most commonly associate with cellulite because there’s visible dimpling, but it has the other characteristics, too.

What causes it?

There’s no one answer to this question, but here’s a list of contributors:

• Hormones:
The naturally occurring chemicals estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin have been linked to cellulite creation.

• Genetics:
Did your mother, aunts, grandmothers have cellulite? Then chances are you are predisposed to it, too.

• Lifestyle:
The more sedentary you are the greater the likelihood of developing cellulite. Also, smokers run a higher risk for cellulite.

• Diet:
Because cellulite involves fat cells, it only makes sense that what you eat would contribute to its buildup. Too much fat, carbohydrates, and salt, which leads to water retention, are the biggest culprits.

How do I banish it?

There’s an entire multimillion-dollar industry of creams, pills, and procedures claiming to remove cellulite; however, none of these has passed the scientific community’s standards. In fact, some are designed to treat unrelated conditions, like asthma, and others may cause serious side effects, like allergic reactions. Some methods, like massage, have temporary benefits, and others simply hide the cellulite, like compression garments. The keys words here are “temporary” and “hide.”

The good news is that there are three key ways to effectively minimize cellulite for the long-term:

1. Increase circulation

2. Maintain a healthy weight

3. Eat high-fiber and diuretic foods

• Increase circulation

Let’s face it, we just sit too much. It’s not enough to work out for 30 to 60 minutes at a time, we need to keep blood flowing to the lower body throughout the day. If your job demands you sit at a desk, get up to walk around every 20 minutes to increase you circulation. Or swap out your chair for a stability ball. Just sitting on the inflated ball requires you to engage your core, but with every slight movement, you have to shift to regain your balance. This constant balance challenge gets your body moving much more than sitting in a traditional office chair that does the balancing for you.

Strength training keeps cellulite from settling in, too. Because it tends to form in the buttocks and thighs, I like the Pop Squat: Lower into squat position as if you’re sitting down in a chair, abs engaged and making sure your knees don’t pop out past your toes. Push yourself to standing, but don’t stop there: Without locking your knees, add a little jump into the air. When you land, lower yourself right back down into the squat. Grab weights for added difficulty. Repeat for 30 seconds.

Also, certain foods help boost blood flow. Circulation Journal reported that dark chocolate (yes, chocolate), which is full of natural flavonoids, improved blood circulation compared with white chocolate. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are known to increase circulation, too.

• Maintain a healthy weight
The more weight you carry the more fat cells pushing through the fascia. Losing weight can result in a noticeable reduction of cellulite.

• Eat high-fiber and diuretic foods
When the body holds onto extra fluids, it adds more pressure to the fascia. If I’m feeling bloated before a photo shoot, I eat something I know will help my body get rid of extra water—my favorite is egg whites and asparagus. Well, if you’re feeling like your cellulite is more noticeable or you’re getting ready to wear something that shows a little skin and you want to minimize dimpling, then fill your plate with foods high in fiber or natural diuretics.

Fiber-rich foods take longer to digest and will keep you feeling full longer so you’re less likely to reach for a sugary or fatty, salty snack. Diuretics help the body release excess water, usually through urination. Some foods serve double duty, both high in fiber and a diuretic, such as steel-cut oats and artichokes. Even flavor enhancers, like parsley, ginger and garlic, assist the body in getting rid of water. Finally, green tea, one of my all-time favorite beverages, can give relief from bloating.

On the other hand, not enough fluids or dehydration also contribute to cellulite. So stay hydrated throughout the day.

While you may not erase cellulite completely, being active and eating healthfully is the best way to control it. And as ReShape subscribers, I’ll provide you with delicious and healthy recipes as well as effective exercise suggestions.

Make it happen!
Kathy

Step Right Up!


Why is Step Aerobics So Beneficial?Step Right Up!

As you can imagine, I’ve seen a lot of exercise trends over the past 30 years. Some fizzled out while and others have stuck around. One of the most popular and long-lasting trends has been Stepping. Starting in the late 1980s throughout the ’90s and well into the 2000s, you could sign up for a whole variety of Step Aerobics or Step Dance classes at any gym.

While newer trends may have taken over the popularity top spot, Stepping never lost its value. It’s still a great, super-effective workout.

The First Step

My good friend Gin Miller created Step Aerobics as a result of injuring her knee. Sound confusing? What happened is her physical therapist suggested she step up and down on a plastic milk crate as a way to strengthen the muscles supporting the knee. After experiencing the amount of effort it took to step up and down for an extended time, Gin thought it would be a great exercise for anyone, not just those rehabbing from injury, and she was right.

The thing that makes Stepping so amazing is that you’re doing double duty: an aerobic calorie burn, muscle sculpting and toning. Simply by adding the height of a platform, the movement of stepping up and down is turned into a weight-bearing activity, even without using dumbbells. By supporting your own body weight, you are creating resistance, which forces your muscles to engage deeper and the result is firm, toned legs and butt. Stepping has created a lot of attractive “assets” over the years. I still love doing a Step program precisely because NOTHING sculpts and tones the glutes and thighs quite like it.

When you move up and down on a step you are using all the lower-body muscles—hamstrings and quads, both the front and back of your thighs—glutes and hips. Change from a standard front step to a lateral or side step and you switch the focus to the inner and outer thighs. Start pumping your arms back and forth and you have a full-body workout.

I really like the freedom to mix things up. Turn on the music and dance through a Step routine with kicks and jumps. Grab some hand weights to increase the resistance. Raise the platform a little to challenge yourself if you feel like things are getting too easy. For beginners, I recommend to keep the step at four inches, but as your fitness level improves, raise it to six inches. You can even use the platform as a bench for triceps dips, or lower one side so it’s at an angle to lean against for an upper-body workout with weights, like a chest press.

The Science Behind Step AerobicsA Positive Step

Any Step workout is going to get your heart rate up, like running does, but here’s the big difference: it’s easy on the joints! Unlike the constant pounding of running or jogging, a Step routine has built-in shock absorbers that lessen the impact. Not only do most platforms have a cushioned surface, but by switching the support leg—step up with the left for a few reps, then start with the right—you’re alleviating stress. That’s great news if you have knees that can’t take a lot of strain. After all, remember Gin started stepping as a way to recover from a serious knee injury.

Also, because Stepping is a weight-bearing activity (even without dumbbells), you’re doing your bones good. According to the University of Arizona Bone Builders program, Stepping helps build both bone strength and density, which prevents osteoporosis.

And, as long as you can climb stairs, then Step exercising is appropriate for every age group, and great for any ability level. It’s okay to start slow because you’ll still get results. One study showed that people who stepped only during commercials while watching one hour of television—we’re talking three to five minutes at a time—burned an average 148 calories. Now, think about how much you could burn if you swap the scenario and stepped while watching TV and rested during commercials. A 130-pound woman can burn more than 260 calories in 30 minutes at a moderate pace.

And remember, the more into Stepping you go, the more you can bump up the intensity. Pick up the weights or pick up the pace. The faster you become, the more steps you’ll get in, the more calories you’ll use, the better you’ll look and feel.

Make it happen!
Kathy