I forgot how many wonderful variations of squats there are until I picked up the medicine ball and squatted while balancing on the Bosu Ball this morning. It’s only day 3 but fitness is like a marriage, isn’t it? You gotta keep it exciting.
And I hope my Squatopia lasts forever…(looking off dreamily in the distance).
A month where we celebrate the squat by doing squats every day in October! And each week I’m going to show you how to keep your squat-sparks alive.
This week I’m featuring the Bosu Ball squat. You might not have a Bosu Ball in your home and that’s ok I don’t either, but I do have one at my gym. I found out about the Bosu when I had a personal trainer who
tortured trained us on the Bosu and I love it.
You can do a plain front squat on a Bosu like this:
Once you get used to it, you can add the medicine ball and bring it up exactly like her arms are doing, only with a medicine ball in your arms (arms outstretched, not bent.) I used 8 pounds but you can use more or less. You could add hand weights too. There are actually a million ways to use the Bosu, it’s great for core stability because you have to engage your core to balance and continue to engage it during your movement on it.
You can also flip it over and do the squats on the hard plastic part, which is still near impossible for me. I have yet to master standing on that side of it, but one day I shall get you, Bosu! I shall!
So, YOU tell ME! Have you done your squats?
Here are mine so far:
I’m excited that I’ve found it much easier to do 30 squats a day and ya know what? I think I’m going to hit 1,000 for sure this month. (More maybe?)
You see, you can just do 10. And then later during a commercial do another 10. And then while you’re at the stove, you can do another 10. Easy peasy right? Before you know it, you’re up to 50!
In Other Workout News…
I ran the most painful awful 5 miles EVER on Sunday it was truly one for the books in terms of horrendous. Just note to self, 5 beers and pizza the night before is not good fueling for a 5 mile race in the HUMID 87 DEGREE HEAT. So if you don’t want to take my word for it for your own misery, do it for your poor running partner who gets stuck with your crappy run. Like mine did. Sorry, Nicole.
Today I ran 3 1/2 miles on the treadmill, that darned nerve really bothered me today. I have a swim, a bike, a “long run” of 6 miles coming up and on Sunday I’m going to hopefully give my new bike a whirl in a mock tri with my group. I’m practicing it on Friday.
SO do tell me, how are the squats? Blog about it and leave a link in the comments below or just tell me in the comments! You can do it!! Don’t know what Squatoberfest is and you’re wondering why on earth we should celebrate the evil squat? Start here with the official Squat-toberfest post!
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