Quick Workouts

Quick Workouts

Gyms - I Still Don't Get It!

I recently treated myself to a weekend getaway—a spa experience.  It really wasn't all that far from my home, I just felt the need to recalibrate.  I wanted the following:
• Hiking
• Massage
• Clean foods
• Sunshine
• Sleep!
During my stay at this glamorous resort, I'd frequently pass by the gym entrance, as it was between my room and the lobby.  It looked nice, with its flowing fountain and climbing bouganvilla.  So nice in fact, that one day I thought I’d try it out, which is strange because it's been years since I’d actually set foot in a gym.

Quickie Outdoor Workout - The Lower Body Express (Free Download)

Head for the hills to sculpt and tone your lower body in less than 10 minutes!
 
Download Tina's 10 minute Lower Body quickie workout - 5 moves to strengthen, tone and shape up your glutes, inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, quads and calves. 
 

Sports Conditioning with SAQ

The leaves are falling and soon enough, so will the snow.  Now is the time to prep for your favorite fall and winter activities.  *(From an article I wrote for Athleta chi)

Remember how quick and agile you were as a child?  You ran flat out on the playground, darting and dodging the other kids in games of tag.  You were having fun, but you were also building valuable sports skills.

Terrain Training - Steps and Stairs

Turn the terrain around your neighborhood into the ultimate gym.

One of my favorite workouts is what I call "terrain training." Terrain training is simply taking advantage of whatever type of terrain you have and using it to your advantage. So for example, in the mountains, I like to make my way up a hill and use the downhill to slalom the pine trees (and sliding on their needles) to mimic skiing. Or using a dry riverbed for intense drills, by loading my legs and springing boulder-to-boulder. Other types of terrain training can involve grassy knolls, urban steps and sandy beaches. This is the first post in a series about terrain training - how to scout it, how to create workouts for maximum benefits, and how to keep it safe.

A Glute-toning Classic Goes Outdoors

The step lung targets your lower body, especially your legs and glutes. Think, “high and tight!”

What makes the step lunge so effective?
The reason why this move works so well is because you are using the large muscles of your legs and glutes against the forces of gravity. This eccentric action loads your muscles, putting them "on stretch," which sculpts and strengthens, while at the same time pushes your heart and lungs for a terrific cardio effect — which burns calories and cuts fat!

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