Ball SquatBy Nancy LePatourel
Sculpting your core will give you a beach-ready body and an edge on any outdoor sport. "Ab strength supports muscles and joints when you're golfing, swimming, or running outside," says Cathy Sassin, adventure racer and Intrafitt exercise performance specialist. Try this quickie workout from Sassin.
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Ball Squat with Knee Lift
Targets: Glutes, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Core, Chest, Shoulders
• Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a weighted ball in front of chest.
• Bend knees 90 degrees.
• Hold for 2 counts.
• Slightly straighten legs, shifting weight to left foot as you lift right knee to waist height and extend arms overhead (shown).
• Return to start and complete 10 reps on each side.
Single-Leg LungeSingle-Leg Lunge
Targets: Glutes, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Core
• Stand in a lunge with left foot in front, knees bent and left thigh parallel to floor.
• Lean forward from hip,
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