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Wall Squat with Isometric Leg Compression

Wall Squat with Isometric Leg Compression

A.

Stand with back to a wall. Press back flat against wall and walk feet out about 18 inches, then bend knees and slide torso down wall into supported sitting position.

B. Draw belly button in toward spine to engage core and relax legs. Inhale.

C. Exhale, squeezing all leg muscles tight until lungs are completely empty. Inhale and relax legs. Continue for 1 minute.

Squeezing muscles without shortening or lengthening them (isometric compression) promotes circulation to and from the extremities

Backward Lunge with Glute Stretch

Backward Lunge with Glute Stretch

A.

Stand with feet hip-width apart. Step backward with right leg into a lunge, bending both knees to 90 degrees. 

B.

Shift weight into left leg and bring right knee (still bent at 90 degrees) to chest as you return to standing, balancing on left leg. Lift right ankle toward chest, bringing right shin as close to horizontal as possible, stretching the glute and piriformis in right leg. Do 10 reps on each side.

Increases circulation and stretches glutes and piriformis muscles that are chronically shortened during long periods of sitting

Side-Lean Hop

Side-Lean Hop

A.

Start on floor on knees with legs together and arms by sides. Open right hip, stepping right foot out to right side with knee bent outward; lean torso toward right leg.

B.

Step right foot in front of body (leg is bent 90 degrees).

C.

Then push into right foot to jump as high as you can with feet staggered. Land softly then immediately return to start position. Switch sides; repeat. That's 1 rep.

Elevated Curtsy Lunge

Elevated Curtsy Lunge

A.

Start standing on an adjustable step with risers, hands holding dumbbells at your sides.

B.

Step right foot back, crossing it slightly behind your left. Lower your right knee until it almost touches the floor, keeping shoulders facing forward. Pause and push through the heel of your left foot to return to starting position while breathing out. (The leg on the bench is the working leg.) That's one rep. Repeat for the number of reps indicated and switch legs.

Forward Lunge

Forward Lunge

A.

Start standing with dumbbells in hands at your sides.

B.

Step forward with left foot and lower the right knee until it is nearly touching the ground, breathing in. (The working leg is the front leg.) Pushing through the heel of your left foot, return to starting position while breathing out. Repeat for the number of reps indicated before switching legs.

Here's the second exercise!

Here's the second exercise!

A.

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B.

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Here's the second exercise!

A.

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B.

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Sumo High-Pull

Sumo High-Pull

A.

Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart with toes turned out, holding a weight in each hand with palms facing each other, arms long, and weights between thighs. Keeping chest lifted, squat until weights hover just above floor to start.

B.

Powerfully come to standing, pull- ing weights up to and outside chest, bending elbows out to sides. Lower to start. Repeat quickly for 30 seconds.

Plié Bend-Extend

Plié Bend-Extend

A.

Stand with feet wide and toes turned out, holding a weight in each hand with elbows bent tight to sides and palms facing up. Lift heels to rise onto balls of feet. Squat to start.

B.

Stand, lowering heels and extending arms out to sides (with a soft bend) at shoulder height. Return to start.

Suicide Sprint

Suicide Sprint

A.

Mark off a distance of about 30 feet. Sprint back and forth without stopping, making the first 3 to 4 strides of each sprint as quickly and powerfully as possible. Repeat as quickly as you can for 45 seconds. Rest for 45 seconds.

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