Pistol Squats

crossfit-monmouth-countyBillie is performing the pistol squat -one of the hardest exercises to perform! It’s a one legged squat that demands activation of your core and strength from just about every muscle in your lower body including your glutes, hamstrings and calves. Mastering and perfecting this move will give you GREAT legs and a nice butt too!

To perform the move:

Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body and raise your right leg off the floor. Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.

Billie is holding on to suspension straps here. That’s a great way to start practicing the move until you master it. This is a really hard move but the results are well worth the effort.

 

King of All Lifts – The Deadlift

The CrossTrain crew at UFZ perfects the deadlift exercise in between a series of sprints

The CrossTrain crew at UFZ perfects the deadlift exercise in between a series of sprints

The deadlift is commonly called the King of All Lifts and that’s because it works an unprecedented amount of muscle groups in your upper and lower body and those in between.  Unfortunately, not many people incorporate this highly beneficial movement into their workout routine.  Most have either never been taught how to perform a deadlift, or they have performed it wrong in the past which resulted in injury.

The deadlift is an important move to master, not only for the sake of building muscle mass, but also for every day function as well.  If you’ve ever tried lifting something heavy off of the ground and hurt your back before, you’ll know how important it is to to strengthen the muscles in your arms, legs, abs and back.  Not only can the deadlift be an impressive tool in your fitness routine, it can also help prepare you for heavy lifting in every day life.

The deadlift works a variety of muscle groups from head to toe including:

  • Spine
  • Forearm
  • Gluteus Maximus (Butt)
  • Quadriceps
  • Calves
  • Hamstrings
  • Trap muscles (middle and upper)
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Abs
  • Obliques

Many people feel that the deadlift is a dangerous move that can result in injury.  Truth be told, we feel more injuries could be avoided if people would add the deadlift into their fitness routine.  Using excessive weight and improper form during this exercise can certainly result in injury, same as any other exercise.  That’s why at Ultimate Fit Zone we keep our group training sessions small, so we can give individual attention to everyone.  Mastering the deadlift will not only help you gain strength in your upper and lower body as well as muscle, it will also help you perform every day activities with greater ease.

For more information about group training and boot camp training at Ultimate Fit Zone in Ocean NJ, call 908-338-1175.


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