No Equipment Lower Body Strength

No Equipment Lower Body Strength

 

No Equipment Lower Body Strength

I’m gonna start this blog off with two words… “I’m sorry”.

I’m sorry for the sore tush you are gonna have during, and after, this workout.

I’m sorry for the sweat and discomfort I will cause you. And, I’m sorry for any swear words I may drop during the workout.

However, with that said I am also gonna end this blog with two words… “You’re welcome”.

You’re welcome for giving you a booty that won’t quit.

You’re welcome for giving you the best looking legs and rear end, both in clothes and out of.

And, you’re welcome for the compliments you are bound to receive for said legs and rear end.

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No Equipment Lower Body Strength

The Workout

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All Levels Strength & Abs Workout

All Levels Strength & Abs Workout

All Levels Strength & Abs

This workout is perfect for all levels of fitness and only requires one pair of moderate sized weights – and pretty much everyone has a pair of dumbbells lying around.

TIP: If you don’t have any dumbbells, head to Varage on Facebook, or Craig’s List to pick some up cheap. Or, don’t bother with the fuss of hunting a pair down second-hand and head to your local fitness store. Expect to pay $1.19 – $1.49 a pound.

In my All-Levels Strength & Abs Workout I have set it up so if you don’t have time for my special ab drill you can cut the workout short and skip the abs.

But… if you are cutting out early cause you just don’t feel like doing the abs, know that for every ab crunch not performed an angel loses its wings.

So, don’t be responsible for angel cruelty.

Hehehe.

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10 Things I Miss The Most From My Youth

1. My mind.

2. My eyesight.

3. Sleep.

4. School and all it’s holidays, professional days and summer vacation.

5. My allowance.

6. Santa Claus.

7. Inexpensive gasoline.

8. The illusion of invincibility.

9. Gravity (it’s mean to those of us over 45).

10. It takes twice as long now to look half as good.

10 Things I Love About Being Over 45

1. Love. In particular with loving husband.

2. Fearlessness, as opposed to my younger self’s recklessness.

3. I don’t sweat the small stuff.

4. I don’t know it all, as opposed to my younger self who did.

5. My idea of a night out is Netflix and cocktails.

6. No need for feminine hygiene products.

7. I can live without sex, but not without my reading glasses.

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9. ??

10. ???

The Workout

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10-Minute Lower Body Workout

10-Minute Lower Body Workout

10-Minute Lower Body Workout

So, I filmed this workout… twice.

And not because I love being in the Studio, by myself working out while talking to a camera.

Nope. Instead, it’s because I am an idiot and forgot to turn the mic on the first time.

Menopause has made me stupid.

Otherwise normal tasks are now only accomplished if I A) have a list, and B) I remember to read my list.

I was so worried about my mindset that the other night I went to my computer to Google “Early onset dementia”. Only to forget why I turned on my computer when I got there.

Okay, maybe it’s not that bad.

But, I will admit to losing my car key the other day, only to find it in my hand.

Sigh. What’s a girl to do?

 

The workout

 

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Build a Better Butt Workout

Build a Better Butt Workout

Build a Better Butt Workout

I love training the lower body.

For one, when we train the legs and hips we also get the core and low back engaged.

Second, the largest muscles in the body are in the lower body – so when we train these guys we get the biggest bang for a our calorie-burning fun.

And, finally, loving husband hates anything strenuous. Leaving me with no choice but to kick his butt (literally) with another full glute, hip, core and thigh workout.

By changing the angle of your feet you will place different emphasis on different fibres of the glutes.

  • Bridging, squatting, deadlifts and lunging are the four top choices for building a better butt.
  • When performing walking lunges, take your stride wide to recruit more glutes and hamstrings.
  • There are three muscles that make up your glutes, the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus.
  • If your knees are bothering you most physios will look at how well your knees are tracking and how strong your outer glute muscle is, your gluteus medius.
  • Your glutes work in pretty much EVERY lower body move. They also help support your body when you stand, help you push off the ground, and give you better balance.

 

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25-Minute Butt Lift Workout

25-Minute Butt Lift Workout

25-Minute Butt Lift Workout

A short, yet sweet, glute, hips and thighs workout. 

Your butt.

It’s an area us trainer’s like to see you work because a strong posterior equals a powerful core, a stable low back and knees that should be tracking where they should be (as opposed to that knock-kneed squat pattern that makes me cringe when I see people do it).

In fact, most physios will test a person’s glute and hip strength when someone comes in complaining of knee pain.

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You see, when you squat your knees should be tracking with your second toe (see “Good” squat above).

Instead, what we see a lot of are knees tracking in towards each other (see “Bad” squat above).

This happens more with women then men too.

Because our hips tend to be wider (what is called our Q-angle, the angle from our knees to our hips bone) this creates havoc on our ability to keep our knees nice, neat and in line with our second toes.

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However, if we train our glutes, and in particular our outer hip area (our gluteus medius), we can help correct this from happening.

This 25-minute workout focusses on the glute med, as well as the glutes themselves, and the hamstrings and thighs.

If you have sore knees you might want to sit this one out, though. Because of the different lunge patterns we do in thew workout your knees might not like it. I suggest you do this workout instead.

4 other benefits of training your butt

1/ Better posture.

A lot of us suffer from poor posture due to sitting. All this sitting we do in a day (such as in front of the computer, in our car, on the couch) creates short and tight hip flexors (the big muscles in the front of our hips), and weak, over-stretch hip extensors (our butt muscles).

This, in turn, will cause a swayback, as well as lumbar lordosis.

Neither are really sexy-looking postures, are they?

Fix this by training your glutes, with moves like bridges and deadlifts found in today’s workout, and you will strengthen the hip extensors and turn on your sexy-looking posture.

2/ Improved performance.

Your glutes are capable of generating a lot of power, especially when it comes to running, speed, acceleration and endurance.

3/ Increased bone density.

When we hit perimenopause and leading into the years after menopause we can lose between 5-10% of our bone density. This loss can lead to osteoporosis, a progressive bone disease.

Exercises that place a load on the bones, like squats, deadlifts and lunges help to postpone this loss and even reverse it.

4/ Weight loss and weight maintenance.

To lose weight you have to burn calories, and nothing burns more calories than a leg workout.

Because the glutes and hamstrings are two of the largest muscles in the body, metabolically they will eat up way more calories when trained.

The deets

Tools needed: Beginners: nothing     Intermediate/Advanced: a pair of moderate dumbbells

Where to do: home or gym

Best suited for: beginner to advanced

The full workout

 

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Sore Knees Total Body Workout

Sore Knees Total Body Workout

Sore Knees Total Body Workout

A workout hitting all the muscles in the body, without any squats, lunges or jumping.

I am getting old. That is what I told myself after filming season 7 of “Fitness with PJ” for Delta Cable.

For those of you who don’t live locally, or have Eastlink cable in Canada, I have a 30-minute fitness show called “Fitness with PJ“.

It’s a lot of work to put together, but we have a lot of viewers who do the workouts, and Delta Cable is pretty awesome to work with.

This coming season is our 7th, and as always, we filmed for the entire season in the summer.

For season 7 (airing in October) we filmed in July.

On July 18 I filmed 13 fitness episodes through the course of four days.

Nine of those workouts were filmed within a 72 hour time period!

In addition, we filmed outdoors, which means it’s hot like a son of a gun, and under bright lights making it even hotter than a son of a son of a gun.

Add menopause and hot flashes… and well you get the gist.

Even my hands were exhausted after filming.

However, what bothered me the most were my knees.

I have never had problems with my knees so the only thing I could chalk this new pain up to was overuse.

I simply performed too many squats, too many lunges and did too much jumping in one week.

My 46-year old knees said “enough is enough, princess”.

This is why I filmed this workout. I wanted to give other women an alternative.

Cause yeah you may have sore knees, but you can still train your upper body. You can still train your core and you can still hit areas of your legs with knee-friendly moves (unless your physio said no. Please listen to your physio!).

Okay little grasshopper? Okay!

Sore Knees Workout

Tools needed:

A mat

Workout best for:

Home

Workout rated for:

Beginner – intermediate

 

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