Lower Body Workout
Want a Butt That Defies Gravity?
Firm your tush and legs as you torch calories with this dynamic routine-inspired by some of the fittest women around
- Lower Body Lift …
- 1. Plank with Leg …
- 2. Inverted …
- 3. Box Squat
- 4. Stability-Ball …
- 5. Offset Reverse …
- 6. Box Jump
Lower Body Lift Off
Each day at sunrise, 32-year-old LisaVan Sciver, a full-time ski patroller at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming, is on the slopes—some of the most challenging in North America, by the way, with one of the highest vertical drops—to make sure the conditions are stable enough to open the mountain. (Search: Best Ski Resorts) Lugging a backpack filled with up to 35 pounds of supplies, she navigates waist-high powder to set explosives designed to clear potential avalanche hazards. "Ski patrol is basically just physical labor, but in potentially life-threatening situations,” says Van Sciver. "You can't go out there and not be in top shape."
Patrollers are true winter-fitness specialists, and under those bulky jackets, packs, and helmets, you'll find some of the fittest women on earth. Not only do they have to maneuver the slopes in treacherous conditions, but they also need the core strength and cardiovascular endurance to pull rescue sleds twice their weight up and down the mountain, as well as the agility to save mountain-goers from snow slides and, in some cases, avalanches.
That means a large amount of their prep work happens in the weight room, not on the slopes. "Ski patrollers' gym workouts are truly a model for how to build not only an ideal physique but also the functional fitness, power, and endurance required to sustain a 13-hour workday on the mountain," says John Cole, director of human performance at the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail in Colorado. By using their training methods, you can reap a leaner, tighter, stronger body (most notably your legs and butt)—even if you have no plans to hit the slopes. (But make no mistake: Getting your sweat on outside the gym is great for you. 7 Reasons to Take Your Workout Outdoors.)
Follow this patroller-inspired workout, created by Cole, one to three times a week on nonconsecutive days. Complete three sets of the first move, resting as little as possible between each set. Rest one minute, then continue until you've finished all the exercises. (Start with light weights until you can get through every exercise with proper form.)
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