26May, 2010

Thornhill Boot Camp trainer reveals the BEST lower body exercise

Hey there…hope you are great ;P

I just came back from a crazy weekend where my best girlfriend got married and I was one of the bridesmen…and yes I just said “bridesmen”

Check out my bridesman uniform here:

It was an awesome weekend that was jam packed with good friends and good times. I also got to hit one of my former clients Luxmi engagement party. Where the big story was how I hooked her up with her Fiance. It is one of the only times I have played cupid so I gotta throw that in there.

So after a weekend of partying and craziness…I need to get my metabolic workout on! And I when I do…I have to use the best exercises to burn the excess fat off my body.

As a boot camp trainer in Thornhill I am usually asked by females (for some reason males don’t ask me about leg exercises…go figure) about what I consider the best lower body exercise in my fat loss arsenal.

Today I’m going to share my personal favorite lower body exercise and all of its awesome variations. It’s called the Rear-Foot Elevated Lunge Variation (a.k.a. Bulgarian Split Squat). This exercise is so effective that you’ll pretty much make your body thunder-thigh proof once you master it!  We do these all the time in our Thornhill boot camps and they are SERIOUSSSS.

Before we get into this, one thing I definitely don’t want to do is feed into the idea of individual body part training and “spot reducing” on certain areas of the body.

I am a big believer in total body training, meaning that we train the upper body, lower body, and core during every single workout. By training the whole body at once we stimulate lean muscle gain and boost up your metabolism to promote total body fat burning.

I like to call this Metabolically Disturbing circuit training.

We need to do this in order to effectively eliminate the body fat that is hiding those areas that people are having trouble seeing; yep the stubborn fat areas that prevent a good body from becoming a great body.

Plus, a diet high in lean protein, fiber, and green veggies and low in unnatural fats and refined sugars and starches is of course a MUST DO if you want to see your muscles tone up in a good way.

It is also important to know that you lose fat in a genetically predetermined way. You can do all the crunches you want but without total body training, proper eating habits, and enough time to get to those stubborn fat areas you will never get rid of your gut, jiggly arms, or the junk in the trunk.

Moving onto the main event: the world’s greatest lower body exercise.

My favorite lower body exercise and lunge variation is called the Bulgarian Split Squat.

So basically we’re going to elevate the back foot on a chair, bench, box, or any other sturdy foot support, usually about 12-18 inches high.

You’ll put your front leg well in front of you in order to make sure that your front knee and ankle are lined up. In general, I tell people to exaggerate how far you put your front leg forward so that the front knee is almost slightly behind the ankle as this really helps reduce sheer force on the knees.

Initiate the exercise by loading the front heel and dropping your hips as low as you can in a pain-free range of motion while staying really tall up top with a proud chest and shoulders down and back. Finish the rep by explosively driving through your front heel to return to the top of the movement.

You can start with body weight only in search of front thigh parallel to the floor or lower depth and then progress by adding speed of movement or by adding dumbbells. You can even incorporate some very cool combination movements with this lower body exercise like adding a curl to press at the top of the movement or even by raising dumbbells overhead to really challenge your core and single-leg balance and stability.

I have yet to find an exercise that hits the legs as hard as this baby does. If you are looking for that apple bottom or just trying to tone up your legs, this exercise should be a staple in your workout program.

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Dan Go

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