Baby, it is cold outside!
We are experiencing abnormally cold weather in Austin. I am avoiding going outside right now. Alas, I did not pack any sweat pants or my really heavy coats to make it through winter. I keep debating getting on the horn with my mom and asking her to send a few things my way. Her extra closet became my little storage container when I moved. However, it is supposed to be 70 degrees by the end of the week. I cannot keep up with these wardrobe changes! Lots of hot beverages must be consumed today before I make my excursion to the gym and CVS later.
So I wanted to share a little challenge I started on Friday that I am going to keep up for the next two weeks…a squat challenge!
A daily squat challenge…
No, I am not participating with a group or online, but it is my own little personal challenge. I am at a standstill with my glute strength, and Scott recommended I give this little routine a try. It is fairly straight forward -perform 50 squats a day wherever and whenever.
Squats are my nemesis. I am a tad dramatic here of course! However, I cannot really lift any more weight than I do because I am limited in my movement. If you cannot add more weight then you reach a little bit of a standstill. Squats build mobility which leads to strong glutes. Win – win.
You cannot get strong if you do not move well. Mobility exercises may seem like something you can skip out on, right? I used to think this way. I wanted to feel like I was working hard, and thought moving fast to burn as many calories as possible was the answer. If I had a choice I would pick cardio over mobility work if I had an extra 10 minutes to spare at the gym. However, that is an old fashioned way of thinking.
Scott used to try to talk to me about bands and balls and I would totally glaze over. Now, I am 100% on the mobility movement bandwagon, and believe everyone should sit up and pay a little more attention to the benefits that it can offer.
My glutes are not as strong as I want them to be because I cannot really move the way I need to in a squat or other exercises. So practicing mobility above all else will help get me to that next level.
Grab a Buddy
I am fortunate that Scott is a coach and a trainer, but you can really ask for a little help from anyone around you to help you with a squat movement.
On my own, I am not even below parallel…
With Scott’s help, I can almost touch the ground – glutes to boots 😀 – which is where you want to be…
50 of these a day! The countdown begins…
Off to drink some coffee, tea or whatever will warm this girl up! Have a good afternoon. Stay warm!
Question of the Day: Would you do a squat challenge? Favorite hot beverage when the cold weather strikes?
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