NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Noel Teen, manager and personal trainer at Franco's on Magazine, helps us target the smaller muscle groups in this workout routine. Today's exercises focused on strength, power, stability, and balance.
1. TRX Split Squats - This exercise works gluteus, hamstrings, quads, core, and shoulders.
First, secure TRX straps together by looping one handle through the other. Grab Hand Weights. (optional) Place one foot in the strap and step or hop forward so TRX hangs vertically. Lower your hips towards floor, focusing on squatting down and back. As you return up, push off of front leg forcing hips to rise. To add extra challenge and stability, laterally raise your arms with or with out the hand weights. Repeat 5 times on each foot. You should focus on pressing weight back as you lunge and keeping upper body (shoulders) over hips.
**If you're at home, place back foot on a stable elevated surface (bench, coffee table, etc.) If you are interested in further focusing on balance, find a swing and place back foot on swing.
2. Kettle bell Threaded Lunges - This exercise works gluteus, hamstrings, quads, and core. Hold kettle bell in one hand and step back into a reverse lunge and pass kettlebell underneath front leg, into opposite hand. Return to standing by pushing off front leg and returning back leg to start. Kettle bell stays in the hand it is currently in. To repeat on other side, step back with opposite leg, again passing kettle bell under your front leg and back into the initial hand. Return to standing by pushing off front leg and returning back leg to start. Kettle bell stays in the hand it is currently in. Focus on a stable and tight core through entire exercise. Repeat pattern on each side for 10 total reps.
**If you're at home: substitute kettle bell for a water jug with handle.