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Live in the heart of the city? Want to give your rearview a lift? I created this exercise for just this purpose. As you do it, think “high and tight”—and I’m not talking haircuts!
 
I call this exercise the parking meter press, but in reality it can be done virtually anywhere, with a variety of props. In the mountains, I use trees. At the beach I use the lifeguard stand. You can also use playground structures, stop signs, flag poles, and fence posts.
 

Why turn your back on the Gym?

 
Your Body is Too Smart
It’s a scientific fact: our bodies are smart.  They look for the easy route, the path that requires the least amount of work.  This means our bodies adapt quickly to exercise patterns.  So in a gym workout, whether you’re using equipment, free weights, or a circuit training machine, your body will quickly learn what it has to do, and will switch on autopilot, exerting the least amount of effort possible to complete the task.  This is why you reach a plateau so quickly and why the results you get in a gym setting eventually taper off.  It’s nearly impossible to reach your full potential exercising this way.

We have a saying at Outdoor Fitness: There’s no such thing as inappropriate weather, only inappropriate clothing.”
 
Outdoor Fitness is an all-season, all-climate workout program. Changing seasons offer new stimulation for your body, your mind, and your senses. The variety and fluctuation of the weather and seasonal changes keep you challenged, enhancing the pleasure of exercising outdoors.
 

More than 50 outdoor exercises & techniques that you can download to your computer and mobile device!  CLICK to VIEW

Turn the Outside World Into Your Own Portable Gym! Included are 50 exercises and techniques requiring no equipment and can be done anywhere, anytime, no matter your age or ability. You can do them while you’re watching your kids at the playground, walking your dog, or while traveling on business.
 

A conversation with a legend and pioneer in the fitness industry—Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta has been called a "Fitness Pioneer", "The Godfather of Sports Conditioning", and the "Trainer’s Trainer". He’s trained many amateur and professional teams, including the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, The Cincinnati Reds, The San Jose Sharks and the US Men’s World Cup Soccer Team. He's considered the Founding Father of Functional Sports Training—also known as Functional Fitness.
 
Read his Top Tips. Listen to the Podcast...

Want to target that hard-to-reach inner-thigh area? Looking for a great move to strengthen your knee joint? I developed this exercise for just that purpose—and found that it also really toned my inner and outer thighs.
 

I call this a “half-tuck” because you are isolating one leg at a time, in a tuck position. This exercise is perfect for doing beside the short hillside or slope that typically lines the sides of a single-track trail, a fire road, or a paved path through a park. It also works great along a curb or parking block.
 

If you start every workout with a warm up for your body and mind - you will find that your workouts become easier, more enjoyable AND you'll take your fitness to a new level.
 
Every workout should begin with a five- to ten-minute warm-up. A warm-up is your time to limber up your body—and your mind—in preparation for the workout to come. It can be as simple as a walk or a jog.

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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