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Signature Moves - The Hill Squat

High and Tight!
These are my favorite squats on the planet!  Believe it or not, the hillside provides a stable and effective platform for working the glutes and hamstrings, especially the area where the two meet—that’s the “high and tight” effect. You’ll never get this kind of result doing squats on a gym floor.

The "TVA Abdominal Flattener"

Outdoor Fitness clients swear by this exercise. TVA stands for the main muscle you are targeting: the transverse abdominus. The beauty of this abdominal muscle is it lies deep within the core muscles. It’s a “stability” muscle, which if it’s trained efficiently, can and will flatten that dreaded “pooch” that happens after pregnancy or through the aging process. Gravity and the process of living cause our innards to droop outward—thus, the pooch. But this is not your destiny. You can tighten the muscles just like a natural girdle, to pull everything back in, for a tight, flat abdominal wall—FLAT from the pelvis to the ribs!

The Outdoor Fitness Warm Up

Warm ups do more than just warm up your muscles!
 Every workout begins with a 5-10 minute warm up.  A warm-up is your time to limber up your body--and your mind--in preparation for the workout to come. A warm up can be a simple as a walk or a jog. Outdoor Fitness warm-ups combine breathing and posture exercises with joint lubrication exercises, followed by a walk, building to a slow jog.
 
 
Steps to Warming Up  (Video Below)

Slashing your Stress Level in the Great Outdoors

As a culture, we are used to accepting stress as part of life. What we don’t often recognize are the physical effects of allowing stress to accompany us throughout our days. Your entire (BodyMind) system is directly affected by the physical, mental and emotional stresses of your daily life.

The Basic Squat

The Exercise That Tones and Strengthens Legs and Glutes  (Video Included)

 Starting position
From the basic Athletic Stance, position your feet shoulder-width apart with toes angling outward from the heels.
1.    Align your body - hips and shoulders square, with your body weight distributed evenly between both feet.
2.    Inhale as you bend your knees and press your tailbone back as far as you can (without collapsing at the waist), keeping your knees aligned over your ankles to mid-foot.
3.    Lower your hips so your knees form a 90° angle (45° for beginners).

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