The American Council of Exercise asked 17,000 personal trainers what was the one exercise they couldn’t do without. The 7 exercises personal trainers can’t live without when designing programs for their clients are: Lunges, Squats, Push-Ups, Abdominal Exercises, Running, Walking, and Yoga.
Well, 17,000 Trainers can’t be wrong so I thought we’d provide you with a little bit of guidance in each of these areas.
Stand with one leg positioned in front of the other leg. Keep the front knee over top of the ankle. Keep the back knee underneath or slightly behind your hips. Slowly lower the back knee towards the ground keeping the front knee over top the ankle the entire time. Only go as low as you feel comfortable. Keep your body weight positioned over the front leg – this is your working leg. Maintain proper posture and keep your abdominals contracted. Complete 8-15 reps each leg. Intermediate: Same as above but lunge lower. Advanced – Perform the same exercise as above but start to add resistance by holding free weights.
Start by standing with your feet between hip and shoulder width apart. Set your posture by contracting your abdominals, pressing your chest out and up and your shoulders back and down. Start by slowly squatting backwards while keeping your kneecaps pointing forwards – avoid allowing your knees to collapse inwards. Try to keep your weight equally distributed on all 4 corners of your feet – avoid allowing your arches to collapse inwards. Lower to a comfortable position. You’ll notice that your upper body will come forward slightly while your buttocks travel backwards. Now slowly extend back up. When getting started, you may want to just start with mini-squats until you master the technique and then start dropping lower and lower once your muscles get stronger. Perform a set of 8-12 or 10-15 reps. As you progress, add resistance.