Take a trip to Summer Camp with these no-equipment strength-training moves that will get you in hiking, biking and swimming shape in no time!
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Let’s start with hiking. When you’re trudging up those hills, you don’t want to be the last one in the pack. So you want to build some power with those lunges. You’re going to lunge to the floor here. Right leg in front, left leg in back, touch the floor. Use your back hand on your legs for support. Hop up with a leg that’s behind, coming up to hip level. If you want to make this more challenging you add a hop and then level three is not even letting your lunging foot touch the floor, hover it and hop. Hover and hop. So the whole time I’m on my right leg and my left leg is moving. That will really start to build that endurance and strength in the quad and glutes that you need for hiking up trails. Do 15 on each leg, three sets all together. Moving on.
Now we’re moving to a move that’s actually called the Swimmer to get in swim shape. Come down onto the floor all the way onto your stomach. Arms over head. You’re going to lift your right arm with left leg and lower. Then left arm with right leg and lower. Once you’re here you can maybe lift everything off the floor and then just tap, tap, tap, tap. This is important because it works your upper back, your lower back and your glutes. Part of your core which is strong and healthy in swimming, hiking and biking. The core is supper important for all outdoor sports so you never want to ignore that part. I would do this for 30 seconds and then take a rest and then counter stretch in child’s pose.
Then we’ll move on to the bike.
So for the bike we lay back, hands behind the head. It’s important to keep your elbows away from your head, not here because as you move you’ll hurt your neck. If you keep the elbows out it’s all about the shoulders. So starting out you’ll just do shoulders one side up and then down. Then we’ll really get into the bike by kicking those feet out almost like you’re pedaling a bike. This works your core again and gets your heart rate up. So that when you’re biking you’ll be strong and steady and won’t lose your balance. I would do 30 of these and then repeat all three of the moves hiking, biking and swimming.
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