Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Full-Body #BOSUStrong Workout

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by BOSU via my partnership with Fit Approach. All opinions are, of course, my very own.

So we're three days into the #BOSUStrong challenge with Sweat Pink. Are you playing along? No, you don't need a BOSU to participate. It's more about joining together as one big #fitfamily. But the more you play, the more you gain chances to actually win a BOSU! And today, since it's #wildworkoutwednesday, I'm giving you a way to participate: A full-body #BOSUStrong Workout!

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It's a workout that uses the BOSU, but you can totally do the workout without one. The only other piece of equipment you need is a set of hand weights that will challenge your biceps and triceps muscles. Maybe a mat, too.

Please remember that, while I am an ACE-certified personal trainer, I am not YOUR personal trainer. Proceed as you see fit, according to your fitness level. If there is anything you're not sure of, I'd be happy answer your questions or offer modifications as best I can. As always, consult with your physician first if you are just starting out or trying something new.

That said, here's your workout:

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Let me walk you through the exercises.

Round 1:

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Easy enough. Don't feel like you have to go all the way down to the BOSU, and alternate which leg you step out with every time you lunge.

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Switch between your right and left leg. Touch right, touch left...that's one repetition.

You'll follow up these exercises with Bent Rows (for your back) and walking pushups (otherwise known as "alternating pushups").

Round 2:

I happen to love BOSU burpees with an overhead press. You can, of course, eliminate the press if it bothers your shoulders. This plank variation is also nice:

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It's, for lack of better words, a slow mountain  climber. Alternate bringing your left and right legs up to your elbows. Right elbow, left elbow...that's one repetition

Up next, hammer curls and triceps presses. Stand on the BOSU to increase your core challenge.

Round 3: 

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One leg at a time!  Yeah, glutes. Remember to put your heel on the top of the BOSU rather than the bottom of your foot. Stay down when you're done, you've got side planks next:

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While you're in that side plank position, lift your top leg up and down (x15), then lift your bottom leg up and down (x15). Outer thigh first, then inner thigh...then switch to your other side. Hips and obliques!

Questions? Have at it! Post some pictures on Instagram and tag #BOSUStrong, @BOSU_fitness and @FitApproach. Don't forget to follow me, too! I'll be sharing a lot of BOSU exercises over the course of the challenge! (Oh, and the Momentum Photo Challenge is still along!)

Question: What kind of equipment do you have in your home gym? Is there one piece you wish you had that you don't own yet? Me, I'd love a treadmill. Oh, I'd love to have a treadmill!

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