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Park-Circuit Workout

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Written By: Katherine Aguirre

Photo By: BillyBow Publishing

A park is the ideal workout playground and far more appealing than a visit to the gym when the weather becomes warmer. Results: Circuit training is an excellent way to simultaneously improve mobility, strength, stamina and for maximum calorie burn. You’ll be energized by the great outdoors and give your body the shock it needs to kick start results. Repeat the entire circuit up to 3 times. Equipment: 1 park bench • 1 set of 3-10lb dumbbells • 1 watch or stop watch

Warm up with a walk/jog for 5-10 minutes before you start the circuit training work out. Depending on the weight of your dumbbells and your fitness level, either pump your arms as you jog or alternate pumping your arms with holding the weights at your side while you walk to give your arms a short break. This total body circuit can be done individually, or in a group, in under 20-minutes. Each exercise will be timed for 30 seconds. Beginners should take a 20 to 35 second rest after each exercise and a 2 to 3 minute rest after each circuit. Intermediate
exercisers should not rest after each exercise but can rest up to 2 ½ to 3 minutes after each circuit. While advanced exercisers should not rest until they have completed at least 2 circuits

DUMBBELL SQUAT PRESS
Stand with both feet hip-width apart with knees slightly bent and arms overhead parallel to each other with a slight bend in your elbows. Simultaneously lower both arms down to a 90-degree angle with palms facing forward as you squat down until thighs are parallel to the ground. Return back to the starting position in a controlled manner and repeat.

DUMBBELL T-PUSHUP
Grab a pair of hex dumbbells and assume a pushup position, your arms straight and feet hip width apart with core tight.
A) Bend your elbows and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the ground.
B) As you push yourself back up, lift your right hand and rotate the right side of your body as you raise the dumbbell straight up over your shoulder until your body forms a T.
C) Reverse the move and repeat, this time rotating your left side.

DUMBBELL ADVANCED T-PUSHUP
Grab a pair of hex dumbbells and assume a pushup position, your arms straight and feet close together with core tight.
A) Bend your elbows and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the ground.
B) As you push yourself back up, lift your right hand and rotate the right side of your body as you raise the dumbbell straight up over your shoulder until your body forms a T. Add a leg lift toward your dumbbell for more challenge.

DUMBBELL FORWARD LUNGES
Stand straight with your feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells to your side.
A) Step forward and lower hips to the floor by bending the front knee without letting the back leg touch the ground.
B) Return to the starting position by pushing back with the front leg.

BEGINNER BENCH DIPS
Position your hands shoulder width apart on a secured bench.
A) Place your feet flat in front of you until your knees are at a 90-degree angle. Straighten out your arms and keep a little bend in your elbows in order to always keep tension on your triceps and off your elbow joints.
B) Slowly lower your upper body down towards the floor and keep your elbows tucked into your sides. Once you reach 90 degrees in your elbows, slowly press off with your hands and push yourself back up to the starting position with your triceps.

ADVANCED BENCH DIPS
Same as above, except feet will be further in front of you on heels with legs straight.

BEGINNER SPEED SKATER
Place 2 cones (or dumbbells) 2-4 feet apart.
A) Step out sideways behind the left cone (or dumbbell) and lightly tap your left foot with knee bent followed by the right foot
B) Step out back to the right cone (or dumbbell) and repeat back and forth.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPEED SKATER
Stand behind right cone (or dumbbell) with knees and elbows bent, keep abs tight and lean forward slightly.
A) Leap sideways behind the left cone (or dumbbell) and land lightly on the left foot with knee bent and crossing the right leg behind your left leg and touch cone with right hand.
B) Leap back to the right cone (or dumbbell) and land lightly on your right foot with knee bent and crossing the left leg behind your right leg and touch cone with left hand. Repeat back and forth.

BEGINNER V-SITS
A) Lean back about 45-degrees with knees bent and chin off your chest.
B) In a controlled manner, simultaneously lift your knees toward your chest making sure to focus your eyes above the knees. Return to the start position.

ADVANCED V-SITS
Same as above, except legs are straight.

If you want the article with pictures. Please see May 2011 issue of FitnessX Magazine at www.issuu.com/billybow/docs/fitnessx_jan2012
Click on this link to Download the paper park workout

About the Writer: Katherine Aguirre is the Owner/Publisher of FitnessX Magazine. She has been actively involved in the fitness industry for the past 15 years working as a group exercise instructor, CPT/sports nutritionist, weight loss consultant, PT manager, fitness director, and fitness company owner.  Kat has competed and placed in the top 5 in fitness, figure, fitness modeling, bikini, and power lifting. She served as an advocate for the fighting obesity campaign and started several boot camp programs in the Tennessee Valley. Kat enjoys volunteering her time at schools speaking about body image, fitness, and nutrition. Email:  katpainter@fitnessX.com   Katherine Aguirre’s website: www.ironbodiesgym.com/katherine-galvez-aguirre/

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