Workout Wednesday - Detox Kick Start

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

Toxins are all around us- in our food, in the air we breathe, in the water we drink and even in some of the products we use. It’s important to limit exposure to toxins and help our bodies eliminate the build up. There are lots of detoxification programs out there. And there are three moves you can do to speed up the process. Jerod Langness with Lifetime Fitness shows us how:

1. Squat, Curl to Overhead Press – Stand with feet straight and shoulder-width apart. Hold dumbbells to your sides with your palms facing out. Squat by bending your hips and knees. Be sure to keep your chest up, eyes forward, hips back and knees slightly out. Get as low as you can without letting your heels raise or your knees moving beyond your toes. As you are returning to standing, curl the dumbbells by bending your arms at the elbows. Be sure to keep your elbows at your sides during the curl. Once the weights are at the highest point of the curl, press the dumbbells up by extending your arms at the elbow and rotate your wrists during the movement so your palms are facing forward at the highest point. Return the weight the same way, including the curling motion until the weights are at your sides with your palms facing forward. Repeat this motion 12 to 20 times, depending on your goals and fitness level.

2. Chest Press on Ball – Sit on a stability ball while holding a pair of dumbbells on your lap. Get yourself in a bridge position by walking forward with your body staying on the ball. Stop walking when you are face-up with your head and shoulders resting on the ball. Start by having your arms at 90 degrees at the elbow, and your arms making a straight line elbow to elbow across your upper body. Have your feet shoulder –width apart and your hips raised as high as you can. Begin the motion by extending your arms at the elbows above your chest. Once your arms are straight, return the starting position by bending your elbows back to 90 degrees. Repeat for 12 to 20 reps.

3. Ball Crunch – Lay on the ball with your lower back on the ball. Keep your spine straight as if you were lying on the floor. Cross your arms on your chest and bend forward by bending your belly. Press your lower back into the ball during the motion. Only go as high as you can while still keeping your lower back pressing into the ball. Return to the starting position slowly without letting your back bend more than being flat. Repeat for 12 to 20 repetitions, depending on your goals and fitness level.

Lifetime Fitness has a 14-day detoxification program being offered as part of their 90 Day Challenge, which starts this weekend on the 9th. It includes "before" pictures, weigh-ins, D.Tox program, and 5K on Tuesday.

For more information, find Jerod on Twitter @JerodsFitness

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