Interval and do-anywhere bodyweight exercises are often championed for their effectiveness, so this cardio burner will leave you dripping sweat and feeling great. The high-intensity, full-body movements push you hard, while the rest periods recharge you for the next round. The squats and lunges will leave your quads and glutes shredded, while the burpees and diver push-ups keep your heart pumping and lungs burning. Get after it! To read more click here!
Archives for October 2014
Behold: The humble body weight squat. Not only will dropping it like it’s hot strengthen your quads, hamstrings, and glutes, adding squats to your regular workout routine could mean fewer knee injuries. And you’ll increase your bone mass which will help you avoid osteoporosis as you age. Plus, one study shows that increasing lower body strength can help you be a better runner. We’ve rounded up 40 variations in four different categories—bodyweight, plyometric, weighted, and equipment—for your squatting pleasure (or pain). To read more click here!
When I first met CrossFit competitor and National Pro Grid League athlete Jamie Hagiya, she was in a walking cast and using crutches to get around. Sitting on the floor of her CrossFit gym in Torrance, California, we traded injury stories. I grumpily complained about a knee surgery from the previous year that requires modifying certain workouts and foregoing others entirely to accommodate my bum knee. Hagiya cheerfully told me how excited she was to get back to her normal routine, noting a serious silver lining to her injury: It gave her the chance to work other muscle groups, not to mention rest and recover. Hagiya’s grounded perspective and optimism made me think her surgery was in the distant past, but it turns out she had ruptured her Achilles tendon just over one month prior to meeting. It happened while completing a set of box jump overs at her first ever National Pro Grid League (NPGL) match and not only ended her NPGL season, but also suspended training for upcoming CrossFit competitions and curtailed her ability to coach classes at her gym. Besides the pain and limited mobility, dealing with an injury that derails your normal routine can be emotionally grueling. After all, you’re being denied an activity that provided some measure of release or relaxation, while also worrying that your fitness level is on a steady decline. Unfortunately anyone who lives an active lifestyle is at risk for pulls, tears, and fractures (whether you’re a runner, CrossFitter, or just a weekend flag footballer. So it seems likely that many of us could stand to benefit from what Hagiya has figured out: How to stay fit—physically as well as mentally—while injured. Below, she shares her best advice along with two injury-friendly workouts designed exclusively for Greatist—one isolates the upper body and the other is just for the lower body. As for Hagiya’s personal plan to get through it all: “I am going to take things slow and build back up. With hard work and effort and dedication, you’ll get back to where you were. Some people say even stronger.” To read more click here!
Sometimes, we all need a motivational boost. And whenever the folks at Greatist need inspiration, we look to our community. Each week, we’ll share our favorite fitness photos — tagged with @greatist — from the Instagram community, featuring amazing fitness feats and downright heartwarming moments from across the globe. This week, we asked users to tag their favorite outdoor fitness photos for the chance to be featured on the site. There are our favorites. To read more click here!
Want a killer workout but don’t have any equipment? Look no further than high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and your own bodyweight for a workout that will get your heart pumping and sweat pouring in no time. This quick HIIT workout will make your muscles burn, and it only takes 12 minutes to complete. The key to making it effective is to work as hard as you possibly can during every interval — if you’re not exhausted by the end, you’re not working hard enough! To read more click here!