STARTS OCT 1: Autumn #WBLdoesabootygood Squat Challenge!

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It's that time a year again. Summer is over and it's time to start sippin' our PSL's and binge watching Stranger Things but not without showing a little love to our booty's. 
Challenge start Oct 1 and ends on Halloween. We're throwing in some curveballs into this years challenge so prepare for more than just squats! This challenge is perfect for anyone wanting to building strength and stamina in their legs (shoutout to all the snow bunnies) and is suitable for all fitness levels. Each day there is a designated number of squats to be performed and you can do them all at once or break them into mini circuits throughout the day - do what works best for you. 

Show us those beautiful squats by tagging us @wellnessbylittle and sharing your progress with the community using #WBLdoesabootygood. 

MODIFICATIONS: If you have a lower back, knee, ankle or hip issue modify the squat hop with a regular squat, no hop. If you are healthy and good to go - no dogging it, hops for days! 

Reminders for Wall Sits: Lower down so hips are parallel to knees, tuck your tailbone so you're able to glue your low back to the wall. Weight in heels and BREATHE!!!!!! Those legs are going to want oxygen during these wall sits and the only way they'll get it is if you take deep inhales and exhales. 

Oct 1: 20 squat hops + hold a wall sit for as long as you can.
Be sure to time yourself. This is your baseline number. We will repeat this at the end of October. 
Oct 2: 30 squat hops
Oct 3: 40 squat hops
Oct 4: 50 squat hops
Oct 5: 50 squat hops + a 2 minute wall sit
Oct 6: 50 squat hops
Oct 7: 50 squat hops + a 1 minute isometric squat hold (you can perform a sumo/plea squat if you prefer!)
Oct 8: 50 squat hops
Oct 9: 60 squat hops
Oct 10: 60 squat hops + a 2 minute wall sit
Oct 11: 60 squat hops
Oct 12: 60 squat hops + a 1 minute isometric squat hold (you can perform a sumo/plea squat if you prefer!)
Oct 13: 60 squat hops
Oct 14: 65 squat hops
Oct 15: 70 squat hops
Oct 16: 72 squat hops
Oct 17: 74 squat hops
Oct 18: 76 squat hops
Oct 19: 78 squat hops
Oct 20: 80 squat hops
Oct 21: 80 squat hops + a 2 minute wall sit
Oct 22: 80 squat hops
Oct 23: 80 squat hops + a 1 minute isometric squat hold (you can perform a sumo/plea squat if you prefer!)
Oct 24: 90 squat hops
Oct 25: 100 squat hops
Oct 26: 120 squat hops
Oct 27: 140 squat hops
Oct 28: 160 squat hops
Oct 29: 180 squat hops
Oct 30: 200 squat hops
Oct 31: Retest your wall sit time by holding as long as you can again. Share your success @wellnessbylittle!

Congrats, you made it! Whoo hoo! 

Feel the Burn With This Stair Workout!

Stairs are a great way to get a quick, yet intense workout in your day.  Try these moves to get your legs and glutes stronger:

Find a set of stars that has 20 to 50 steps.

1.     Up and down once, single step on each stair

2.     Up with two steps on each stair, single step down

3.     Up sideways (right leg leading), single step down

4.     Up sideways (left leg leading), single step down

5.     Up skipping one step, single step down

Repeat five times.

The Ultimate Full Body Balance Workout!

Today's workout Wednesday is all about balance. EQUIPMENT NEEDED: dumbells. 

Single leg bicep curls with dumbbell x12/leg

Single leg overhead press with dumbbell x10/leg

Single leg squat x20/leg

Single leg dead lift x10/leg


Single leg lifts x30 total (laying on back/15 per leg)

Repeat 3x



Plunge Into Plyometrics

Plyometric exercises are also known as "jumping" or "explosive" movements that are designed to be maximum force in a short period of time. The benefit of performing plyometric type exercises is to increase muscular power. These movements mimic exercises such as skiing, football, basketball and soccer, so athletes to the active adult can see benefits from performing plyometrics. Because the nature of these exercises and the potential for increased stress on joints, muscles and tendons precaution and/or modifications should be taken if you have an injury.

Plyometric Workout - No Equipment Needed:

Squat Hops x20
Burpies (w/ push up) x20
1:00min Plank

30sec Rest then repeat 1x

Lunge SwitchUps x20
Plank Jumping Jacks x30
1:00min Plank

30sec Rest then repeat 1x

Jumping Jacks x50
High Knees x50
Side to side hops x50
Front to back hops x50

30sec Rest then repeat 1x

The 20 Minute Hill Workout

Min 1: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 1.0% incline
(The First 3 minutes is a steady paced walk)
Min 4: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 2% incline
Min 5: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 3% incline 
Min 6: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 4% incline
Min 7: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 5% incline
Min 8: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 6% incline
Min 9: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 7% incline
Min 10: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 8% incline
Min 11: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 9% incline
Min 12: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 10% incline
Min 13: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 11% incline
Min 14: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 12% incline
Min 15: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 13% incline
Min 16: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 14% incline 
Min 17: Treadmill @ 3.5mph @ 15% incline
Min 18-20: Cool down. Treadmill returns to 1% incline at 3.5mph. 

MODIFICATION TO MAKE EASIER: Make your walking pace 3.0mph.

MODIFICATION TO MAKE HARDER: After you've reached the 15% incline, go back down 1% every minute until the treadmill returns to 1% incline. (It's the reverse of what you just did). 

FUN FACT: This treadmill workout is adapted from a test that firefighters have to perform for their annual stress test. With a doctor present, electrodes are placed in specific locations on their chest to get an EKG report of how their heart reacts to exercise. Often times, this test is performed on a Super Treadmill which reaches a 40% incline. This allows the firefighter to exercise until fatigue which creates a baseline for returning years.

Bosu Ball Total Body Conditioning Workout

Incorporate this circuit into your next workout routine. These exercises require flexibility, balance, core and leg strength. Repeat circuit 3 times.

1. Single Leg Dead Lift  

Standing tall with balancing leg, hinge from the hip (keeping hips parallel), with belly button pulled in towards the spine and lower kettlebell towards the ground. Reach chest and crown of the head towards the front of the room, while back heel extends long. 

2. Mountain Climbers 

From plank position on bosu ball with core engaged, bring one knee up towards the arms. Alternate legs. 

3. Burpee with Bosu Ball

Starting in plank position, jump or step feet forward to squat position. Placing weight in the heels, stand up  and press bosu ball overhead. Lower back to starting position and repeat.