March 3000 Squat Challenge Week 2

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We are officially nine days into our 3000 squat challenge. How are you feeling? Your legs should definitely be burning because I know mine are. Today I will show you three different types of squats you can do throughout the month to help switch up your workouts. Doing the same style of squats every time will get boring and you’ll end up getting more out of your workouts over time by alternating squat forms.

*Challenge Rules* 

The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. Just be sure to challenge yourself and try to be consistent daily with yours squats. To give you a little extra motivation remember this quote, “Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort”.

Different Types of Squats:

Body Weight Squats
Jump Squats
Overhead Squats
Dumbbell Squats
Medicine Ball Squats
Plie Squats

So let’s go out and work hard this week and get those 100 squats in daily!! Remember you can always feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com

March 3000 Squat Challenge!!

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Welcome to March!! Not only is it one of my favorite months because of my birthday but it’s also the month of the 3000 March squat challenge!!The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. It might sound crazy and you might look crazy doing all these squats, but remember it will all be worth it once the summertime comes and people are wondering how you got so toned. So don’t hesitate to join the squat movement!

Not only am I doing it myself but even got all my clients involved and excited about the challenge as well. I know they will do great!! Most people in the group are doing 100 squats a day. Personally, I’m challenging myself to do at least 200 squats a day.

Now I’m sure that some of you are asking, “How am I going to get in 100 squats in a day?” Well there are different ways you can attain your goal. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. For example: 25 squats when you wake up, 25 around lunch break, 25 when you get home from work/school, and 25 before sleep. If 100 squats are too many then don’t worry about lowering it to 50, 40, etc. a day. The main thing is to challenge yourself everyday to do as many squats as possible and then do that number consistently.

I’m definitely going to be pushing myself and others to the limit. So far I’ve been hitting my goal of getting 200 squats in. I’d love to hear from you though.Tell me what your goal is for the month and how you are going to reach it?

Let’s all finish this month’s challenge right and continue staying consistent!! Feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com

 

 

Baby Got Back Glutes Challenge Week 2

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Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for our second week of the glutes challenge. This week we are going to increase the repetitions of each exercise. So I hope you all are ready to push yourself harder this week. Let’s go!!

*Challenge Rules*

We will perform exercises that are going to hit our gluteus minimus, medius, and maximus. Throughout the month we will increase the number of repetitions of each exercise. Make sure you finish one exercise before moving on to the next one. Also if you need to take a break during an exercise then do them in sets of at least 10 and try not to rest longer than 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Week 2

(Beginners)

  • 40 Glute Bridges
  • 40 Step Ups
  • 40 Squats
  • 40 Walking Lunges
  • 40 Jump Squats
  • 40 Split Jumps
  • 40 Deadlifts
  • 40 Plié Squats
  • 40 Bulgarian Lunges
  • 40 Donkey Kicks

(Intermediate)

  • 50 Glute Bridges
  • 50 Step Ups
  • 50 Squats
  • 50 Walking Lunges
  • 50 Jump Squats
  • 50 Split Jumps
  • 50 Deadlifts
  • 50 Plié Squats
  • 50 Bulgarian Lunges
  • 50 Donkey Kicks

(Advanced)

  • 60 Glute Bridges
  • 60 Step Ups
  • 60 Squats
  • 60 Walking Lunges
  • 60 Jump Squats
  • 60 Split Jumps
  • 60 Deadlifts
  • 60 Plié Squats
  • 60 Bulgarian Lunges
  • 60 Donkey Kicks

*Remember*

You can perform any of these exercises at the gym or in the comfort of your own home. If you have access to dumbbells or barbell use them if you want to make the exercises more challenging. You can also just use your body weight for the exercise if you do not have any equipment and still get a great workout. 

Keep working hard to get those glutes tight and firm!! Also if you need any encouragement feel free to leave me a post, leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com.

 

May 3000 Squat Challenge Week 4

We are heading into week 4 of our squat challenge. At this point you should be able to do close to 100 or more squats a day with no problem. These last two weeks of the challenge I want you to increase the intensity of your squats and add some more advanced squats in your weekly workout. Today I will show you three new types of squats that are advanced that you can do throughout the remainder of the month to help switch up your workouts. Switching up the style of squats every time will help prevent getting bored and will also help you get more out of your workouts over time by alternating squat forms.

*Challenge Rules* 

The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. Just be sure to challenge yourself and try to be consistent daily with yours squats. To give you a little extra motivation remember this quote, “Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results.”

Bulgarian Dumbbell Split Squat

  • Stand straight two to three feet in front of the bench. Feet should be shoulder width apart and toes pointed forward.
  • Extend your left leg back, placing the top of your foot on the bench while keeping your right foot firmly planted on the floor.
  • Make sure you back is flat and squat down until your right thigh is parallel to the floor.
  • Press up through your heel, shifting your hips forward and squeezing your glutes to return to standing.
  • Stay one the same leg for desired reps and then switch legs.
  • Repeat until desired repetitions.

*ADVANCED: Use dumbbells or a barbell instead of body weight.*

Braced Squat

  • Start with your feet shoulder width apart while having your arms outstretched in front of you.
  • Squat down so your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  • While squatting down make sure you keep your arms straight stretched out in front of you.
  • Return to starting position and repeat until desired repetitions.

*You can perform this exercise with just body weight. If you want to make it more challenging you can hold a dumbbell or weight plate in your hand.*

 Prisoner Siff Squat

  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  • Rise up on your tip toes and then squat down while keeping your legs parallel.
  • Return to your starting position and repeat until desired repetitions.

 IMPORTANT REMINDERS

1. It’s very important that you’re stretching before and after you exercise.

2. FORM! FORM! FORM! Get the form right before going for speed or reps.

3. Always keep the knees in line with the toes! Your knees should NEVER be in front of your toes!

4. When you are doing these different types of squats make sure your using just your body weight.

*If you’re more advanced in your weight training you can use light weight once or twice a week but I wouldn’t recommend using weight very often for the amount of squats you will be doing per day.  I want to make sure you are keeping your body safe from injury.* Remember I love to hear from you throughout this monthly challenge. Tell me what your goal are for the month and how you plan to reach it? If you ever need a little encouragement or a boost along the way don’t hesitate to find me on Twitter @lmc2323,  leave a comment on this post, or send me an email.

May 3000 Squat Challenge Week 3

We are halfway through our squat challenge. Your legs and glutes should be feeling stronger by now. You also should be getting use to the soreness and able to truly push yourself with all your squats. Good job on making it this far now lets all get ready to finish out the remainder of the month strong. Today I will show you three new types of squats you can do throughout the month to help switch up your workouts. Switching up the style of squats every time will help prevent getting bored and will also help you get more out of your workouts over time by alternating squat forms.

 *Challenge Rules* 

The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. Just be sure to challenge yourself and try to be consistent daily with yours squats. To give you a little extra motivation remember this quote, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -Unknown

Sumo Squats/Plies Squat

  •  Begin by separating your feet about 1 and a half to 2 times your hip width.
  • Turn your feet so that they face outwards about 45 degrees.
  • Inhale and bend your knees while lowering yourself towards the ground.
  • Exhale and squeeze your glutes (butt) to return to the starting position.
  • Repeat until desired repetitions.

ADVANCED: You can use a dumbbell while doing the exercise. Hold a dumbbell in your hands, so that the weight is centered between your legs. Then exhale and squeeze with your glutes to rise to the starting position.

FORM TIPS: Some people have a tendency for their knees to collapse inwards. So make sure that your knees line up with your feet. Also make sure that you keep your back straight during this lift. Do not let your back round and hunch too far forwards!!

Goblet Squats

  • Stand holding a light kettlebell or dumbbell close to your chest.
  • Squat down until your hamstrings are on your calves. Keep your chest and head up and your back straight.
  • At the bottom position pause and use your elbows to push your knees out.
  • Return to the starting position.
  • Repeat until desired repetitions

TIPS:

  • You can perform this exercise using body weight by squatting down and keeping your elbows between your knees or you can use a dumbbell/kettlebell.

Jump Split Squats

  • Stand with feet staggered (almost as if you were starting a race) and your arms at your sides.
  • Jump up as explosively as you can reaching for the ceiling with your arms.
  • While in the air alternate your front and back leg before landing.
  • Repeat until desired repetitions.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

1. It’s very important that you’re stretching before and after you exercise.

2. FORM! FORM! FORM! Get the form right before going for speed or reps.

3. Always keep the knees in line with the toes! Your knees should NEVER be in front of your toes!

4. When you are doing these different types of squats make sure your using just your body weight.

*If you’re more advanced in your weight training you can use light weight once or twice a week but I wouldn’t recommend using weight very often for the amount of squats you will be doing per day.  I want to make sure you are keeping your body safe from injury.* Remember I love to hear from you throughout this monthly challenge. Tell me what your goal are for the month and how you plan to reach it? If you ever need a little encouragement or a boost along the way don’t hesitate to find me on Twitter @lmc2323,  leave a comment on this post, or send me an email.

May 3000 Squat Challenge Week 2

We’ve officially knocked out six days of the 3000 squat challenge. How are you feeling? Your legs should definitely be burning because I know mine are. Today I will show you three different types of squats you can do throughout the month to help switch up your workouts. Doing the same style of squats every time will get boring and you’ll end up getting more out of your workouts over time by alternating squat forms.

*Challenge Rules* 

The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. Just be sure to challenge yourself and try to be consistent daily with yours squats. To give you a little extra motivation remember this quote, “Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort”.

Prisoner Squats

  • Stand with your feet hip width apart and place your fingers on the back of your head, pulling your elbows and shoulders back and sticking your chest out.
  • Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees, keeping your back straight and your abs tight.
  • Hold the squat position then slowly push yourself back to the starting position
  • Repeat until desired repetitions.

ADVANCED: Pick up your tempo and do these rapid fire to really get a burn

Overhead Squats

  •  Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, toes slightly turned out.
  • Grab a rolled-up towel with an overhand grip, hands shoulder-width apart, and raise it overhead so your shoulders are roughly in-line with your heels.
  • Squat down as far as possible without letting your knees jut out past your toes.
  • Return to standing.
  • Repeat until desired repetitions.

*You can perform this exercise by just lifting your hands if you do want or do not have any dumbbells, medicine ball or a light barbell to use.*

Single Leg Squats

  • Stand with left foot on floor and right foot elevated.
  • Squat down so that your leg makes as close to a 90 degree angle as possible and making sure that your elevated foot never touches the ground.
  • Pressing through left heel, lean body slightly forward and stand up, squeezing glutes to return to the starting position.
  • Repeat as desired on that leg
  • Switch legs and repeat.

ALTERNATIVE: If you are not strong enough to do this without assistance then use a wall or hold the back of a chair to assist you.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

1. It’s very important that you’re stretching before and after you exercise.

2. FORM! FORM! FORM! Get the form right before going for speed or reps.

3. Always keep the knees in line with the toes! Your knees should NEVER be in front of your toes!

4. When you are doing these different types of squats make sure your using just your body weight.

*If you’re more advanced in your weight training you can use light weight once or twice a week but I wouldn’t recommend using weight very often for the amount of squats you will be doing per day.  I want to make sure you are keeping your body safe from injury.*

Let’s start May off right by getting our glutes and legs right. Remember I love to hear from you throughout this monthly challenge. Tell me what your goal are for the month and how you plan to reach it?

If you ever need a little encouragement or a boost along the way don’t hesitate to find me on Twitter @lmc2323,  leave a comment on this post, or send me an email.

May 3000 Squat Challenge!!

We are officially done with our April push up challenge. I hope everyone was able to reach their goal of 1000 or more push ups. So now it is time to for our new monthly challenge. In March we worked on our arms, April we worked on our arms, and now we are going to work on our legs. May is our squat challenge. The weather is getting warmer so now it is time to get our legs ready to show off. Time to get it right and get it tight!

Squats are one of the most popular exercises used to work on our glutes and legs. I have to admit it is one of my favorite leg exercises that I love to do. So I am thrilled about this challenge. I never heard a woman say she did not want a nice backside with a pair of tone legs. Today I am going to introduce three variations of a squat. So let’s all get our squats on while building muscles in our quads, hamstrings, and glutes. We want people to hate to see us leave but love to watch us walk away!!

*Challenge Rules* 

The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. Just be sure to challenge yourself and try to be consistent daily with yours squats.

Regular Squats

  • Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Sit your hips back until your knees are bent at 90 degrees.
  • Squat down slowly by placing all your weight in your heels. Be sure your keep your core tight and chest up while you squat down.
  • Next return to your starting position by push up with your heels while contracting your glutes.
  • Repeat until desired repetitions.

Jump Squats

  • Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Sit your hips back until your knees are bent at 90 degrees.
  • Keep your chest up and your back straight.
  • Explode straight up until your feet leave the floor.
  • Land in the squat position.
  • Repeat until desired repetitions.

 Chair Squats

*You can do these type of squats in front of a chair, box, bench or any thing else you can sit on.*

  •  Place a chair (or whatever you are using) just behind you and stand in front of it withyour feet about hip or shoulder width apart.
  • Contract your abs and keep them tight as you bend your knees and slowly squat down towards the chair.
  •  Keep your knees behind your toes as you squat down towards the chair
  • Squeeze your glutes (butt) and hamstrings (back of your legs) to lift up out of the chair and begin extending the legs.
  • Fully extend the legs until you’re back to standing position.
  • Repeat until desired repetitions.

ADVANCED: Squat down until you’re just hovering over the chair, but not sitting all the way down.

*If you’re more advanced in your weight training you can use light weight once or twice a week but I wouldn’t recommend using weight very often for the amount of squats you will be doing per day.  I want to make sure you are keeping your body safe from injury.*

Let’s start May off right by getting our glutes and legs right. Remember I love to hear from you throughout this monthly challenge. Tell me what your goal are for the month and how you plan to reach it?

If you ever need a little encouragement or a boost along the way don’t hesitate to find me on Twitter @lmc2323,  leave a comment on this post, or send me an email.