Are you looking to burn some extra calories or break through a plateau in the gym. You lift weights, you do cardio, but you want to find a way to squeeze out just a little more. Have you ever considered doing hybrid exercises? Probably not.
Simply put, these are exercises that combine movements, often for different body parts. These allow you to shorten your workout by combining body parts, burn more calories, or make you more athletic. When used properly, all of these outcomes can happen in the same workout. Here are a couple hybrid exercises you can include during your very next workout. It’s best to combine exercise with the right crazy bulk supplements to maximize the results.
Deadlift/shrug/toe raise: Hold a pair of dumbbells at your side. Squat down, drive through your heels, keep your back straight, and stand back up. Just as your legs start to straighten, rise up on your toes and shrug your shoulders. Be sure to keep your shoulders back so your arms are right against your sides. Keep your head straight, looking forward. Muscles worked: glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves, low back, upper back, trapezius, forearms.
Push press: hold a pair of dumbbells or a barbell just above your shoulders. Drop down into a quarter squat, keeping the glutes back, back straight, head up, heels on ground. Explosively stand back up driving through the heels, simultaneously pushing the dumbbells or barbell overhead. Lower the weight slowly and repeat. For a more advanced move, drop into a full squat and perform the same way. Muscles worked: glutes, quads, hamstrings, shoulders, triceps.
Each of the exercises listed above include the legs. This is because just about every movement in life includes the legs, plus you burn more calories.
Keep the core tight. Stand up straight, suck the belly button in to the spine and hold it there.
Use lighter weights than you think. Get used to the movement and make sure you can control the movement before using heavier weights.
Season’s greetings, yogis and yogi lovers! The “holi-daze” season is officially here. The time of year where the only things that can help are a calming yoga practice, a cup of tea and someone else to do your shopping for you. Well, here is your 2017 list, so half of the work is already done for you. Looking at this year’s gift list might inspire you to belt out “My Favorite Things” like Julie Andrews – with a different list of stuff, of course…although whiskers on kittens and warm woolen mittens might be on that list, too.
Without a doubt any yoga enthusiast would claim these gifts to be some of their favorite things to receive this year.
A gift certificate to their favorite yoga studio, or private lessons with a favorite teacher.
Essential Oils and a diffuser. The use of essential oils during, and outside, of yoga practice can help us connect our mind and bodies to help with mental and physical issues. Since the essential oil or blend is normally applied to the skin, a high-quality essential oil is recommended to ensure effectiveness. California-based Organic Infusions offers many oils, blends, including personalized blends, and diffusers for using during or after yoga practice.
Personalized yoga mat. Maryland-raised and Deleware-based Yoloha Yoga, offers not only mats made from sustainable cork, they also offer personalized mats and yoga accessories.
Colorful, funky yoga leggings. If you have a colorful Miss or Mr. Fancy Pants in your life, a pair of bright leggings sporting iconic images or swirly colors will make a perfect gift. With so many manufacturers coming out with colorful yoga leggings, standard black yoga pants may be a thing of the past very soon! Some notable brands include Athleta, Online Legging Store, Under Armor, ALO, and Onzie, just to name a few.
Water bottle. Keep your yogi hydrated and save the environment by giving a high quality water bottle made from sustainable material. Golden Ratio Products offers a glass bottle covered in cork with a leak-resistant lid that works for both cool and hot beverages. Yoloha also offers a food-grade stainless steel bottle covered with cork, which can also be personalized for your favorite yogi.
Smoothie blender. Does your favorite yogi live on green smoothies? If so, they should have a good blender to support their healthy habit. One of the best, but maybe not the cheapest, is Vitamix – guaranteed to make the best smoothies, as well as other yogi pleasing foods.
Arm Sari. A perfect gift for those who wear their heart, or peace sign, on their sleeve. Virginia-based artist, Robin Mellody of Heart Minded Living has created several arm wraps with colorful ribbon and symbols of peace. Proceeds from the purchase of each and every product on this site is donated equally to three wonderful organizations: treesisters.org, feedamerica.org and womenforwomen.org.
Himilayan salt lamp or candle holder. Himalayan Salt has significant health benefits. And, not only are they beautiful, the lamps in particular are known to purify the air as the salt is heated by the bulbs. Salt lamps and other accessories made from this special salt can be found everywhere. Check the Himilayan Salt Shop’s online store for more information about their benefits and good holiday deals.
Ayurvedic gift basket. Whether your yogi is a vata, pitta or kapha, Banyan Botanicals can keep them balanced, grounded and healthy all year long with a number of dosha balancing products. A great gift basket idea!
The best present? A Yoga Burn DVD by Zoe Bray Cotton that can help you burn fat and attain fitness for as long as you keep doing Yoga. There are many sites that carry information about about Health and Fitness products. Recommend an informative site about Yoga Health to a friend and it can one of the best gifts as well.
Hang up the cell phone, put down the iPad, shut down the laptop, turn off the television and connect with the world around you. What the world truly needs this season is peace on earth and good will towards each other. It all starts with mindfully paying attention to your own actions and the world around you – and that’s not possible if you’re not fully connected to who or what is around you.