Unilateral Training – Why You Should Get Yourself Some

I played 2 on 2 volleyball with my sister and niece and nephew on Saturday night, using a clothesline as an improvised net! My niece Madelina was my teammate. Madelina: Aunt Laura! I thought you were good! Me: That was 25 years ago! Don’t worry, I got my groove back after a couple of plays! What ‘groove’ I have left, that is. I left most of it back in the 80s. Did you know that if you play sports, you should do a lot of exercises that utilize unilateral movements? This is where you say, “No, Laura, I didn’t know that. Tell me more!” My pleasure.     What Are Unilateral Exercises? Unilateral exercises are movements that work one side of the body at a time, or movements that work the sides in significantly different ways. An example would be the single-leg squat. You might have both feet on the ground, yet in a single-leg squat you will place the majority of your weight, and hence the workload, on only one leg and use the other to assist only as needed for balance. We use unilateral movement constantly in our daily life and especially in sports. Working my legs in this way allowed me to move laterally to get behind the volleyball last night. You should’ve seen me. I was amazing. (I was so-so.) What are the Benefits? Balance, Joint Support & Core Work Unilateral exercises work the small stabilizer muscles that are forced to activate when the body is off balance. This is great news for building core strength that’s needed to work under movement and also resist...

She Got Legs – 15-Minute HiiT Workout!

She Got Legs… And she knows how to use them…. RAWR. Jacks, Burpees, Med Ball Swings, Plyo Push-Up Burpees, Turn-Lunge-Turn-Lunge Whatchamacallits… (I don’t have a name for that exercise. Obviously.) Y’all down with building your quads, hamstrings, and glute muscles with this every-exercise-hits-the-legs HiiT Quickie Workout? I said “Y’all DOWN?” Yes? That’s more like it. HiiT this 15-minute workout and then HiiT me up with some feedback! I like feedback. Please feed me back. Also, we’re filming new workouts next weekend – get your requests in now! Don’t like this workout? MAN, you’re fussy. Uh,I mean… wait! I have more! Dozens more! Click HERE! *I’m here for you, bitches.* For this workout you’ll need one heavy Sandbell, your Dual-Grip Medicine Ball, your Gymboss Interval Timer, and a mat!   Learn the Proper Form plus Make-It-Easier Modifications in the Workout Preview:   Then, do the workout in Real Time!   Do you like this week’s workout? If not, there are dozens more to choose from HERE!    ...

Let’s just say that bench and I have an intimate relationship and I’m pretty sure it had a smoke after I left.

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Total Transformer HiiT Workout!

Who’s in the mood for jumping jacks? Abs? Kettlebell Swings? Wall Sits? Scorpion Push-Ups?!? Bwahahahaaaaa Scorpion Push-Ups. I’m sorry in advance for those! (I’m not all that sorry.) HiiT this workout 3-4 times this week and watch your body transform! You’ll get cardio! You’ll strengthen your abs! You’ll work legs and arms and shoulders and glutes! You’ll curse me until you see results. Then you’ll want to marry me sing my praises.   For this week’s workout you’ll need two light Sandbells, your Dual-Grip Medicine Ball, your Gymboss Interval Timer, and a mat. You’ll also need your game face. And some attitude, yo. If this workout is too difficult for you, be sure to watch the Workout Preview Video below to learn how to modify it! And, I have many more suggestions for adapting this workout to YOUR needs here. Ready? READY? That’s more like it.   Learn the Workout:   Now do it in Real Time!  ...

You’ve Got Abs! Let’s Work ‘Em!

 On a recent post about abs workouts, this Google+ comment by Paul Miskinis cracked me up: “I hope after all this crap going on outside you can enjoy your new perfect physique! It’s overkill for vacuuming and dusting!” It’s no secret I kick ass in the house-cleaning department – and the yard-tending and the clutter-sorting and the garage-cleaning departments. (BOOM.) And while my physique is nowhere near perfect, am I building strong abs for cleaning house or for vainer reasons like showing off my six-pack this summer? If I had a six-pack that is. (I do, but it’s the drinkable sort.) I tell you to be your own kind of fit, because there are so many reasons to take good care of our health – practical reasons, functional reasons, performance enhancement, and yes, cosmetic reasons. I don’t care why you want to get fit, other than knowing so I can better help you get there. But my strong abs do help me vacuum and dust! Feeling strong and capable help me do all the daily tasks I must tend. And it erases any dread I might otherwise feel at completing demanding physical tasks. (Shut up. Dusting can be demanding.) On the idea of six-packs, that’s never been my goal – to see my six-pack abs. That said, would I feel bad-ass if that happens? Hell yes. And it does happen on occasion. When my diet is dialed in, my hydration is right, my hormones are balanced, the stars are aligned, Mercury is not in retrograde, and the sages have foretold of its coming, I get a wee glimpse of my...