• Wind Down Yoga Routine

    4/2/2014 2:25:00 AM | Real Simple

    Recover your muscles and realign your balance with this simple yoga routine, the perfect way to end a workout or a long day. Better yet, take a yoga class for more personalized support! Check the class schedule to see our wide variety of yoga classes throughout each day and week. All classes are open to beginners and modified for your level of experience.

    Start with a warm-up. Sit cross-legged on the floor, back straight and hands relaxed in your lap. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and evenly through your nose for two minutes. Slowly bend your torso from side to side for 15 breaths, exhaling to each side.

    Once the routine is completed, turn over to lie flat on your back. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for two minutes or longer.

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    • Cat & Cow Pose

      From the cross-legged warm-up pose, move into cow pose on an exhale. Start on your hands and knees. For cow, arch your back and press your shoulders down and back, away from your ears, and open your chest. Inhaling, switch to cat pose. For cat, round your back, lower your head, lift your belly, and look at your thighs. Try to create space between your shoulder blades. Alternate between cow and cat poses for 15 breaths.

    • Downward Dog

      Starting from cat pose, press your bottom high into the air to form an upside-down V. Contract your thighs and lengthen your abs. Press your shoulder blades together and away from your ears; reach your heels toward the floor. Lower knees to floor, then push back up. Repeat five times.

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  • Mountain Climbers

    3/4/2014 11:09:00 PM | www.menshealth.com

    5 New Ways to Do Mountain Climbers

    Check out this list of more challenging ways to perform a mountain climber with no exercise equipment needed. All five exercises variations increase your heart rate while working your abs, glutes and shoulders at the same time!

    1. Plyo Spider Mountain Climbers – Start in standing plank with hands under shoulders. Quickly jump right foot to the outside of your right hand, and then switch left side.

    2. Jumping Mountain Climbers – Start in standing plank with hands under shoulders. Quickly jump both feet to the outside of your hands, without letting your lower back round. Repeat.

    3. Side to Side Mountain Climbers – Start in standing plank with one leg out to the side and one leg directly back in line with your head. Quickly switch legs so that the other leg jumps out to the side.

    4. Anchor Grip Mountain Climbers – Start in standing plank with one arm out to the side. Hold your body weight on your finger tips for an extra challenge while alternating your knees in toward your chest. Repeat with other arms out to the side.

    5. Reverse Mountain Climbers – Start in reverse standing plank with straight legs together, hips up, and fingers facing towards your toes. Alternate your knees in toward your chest.

  • Love Your Heart Cardio Workout

    2/1/2014 12:00:00 AM | Erica

    Love Your Heart Cardio Workout

    February is Heart Health Month. Try out these cardio workout exercises to boost your cardiovascular endurance this month. Do each move for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

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    • Skier Jumps

      Start in a narrow squat position with your feet and knees together angled to the side as you keep your shoulders facing front so that your torso is twisted. Push-up and jump into a squat to the other side. Repeat.

    • Out-Out-In-In Steps

      Start in a narrow squat facing the front with feet under hips. Keep your body low and step right leg out, then left leg out, then bring right leg back in and left leg back in. Repeat as quick as you can.

    • Football Drills

      Stand in a wide squat position and huddle feet in place. Stay low and repeat huddle as fast as possible.

    • Surfer

      Lay face down with hands placed next to chest. Lift up and bring one leg up to so that you land in a split legged stance with knees bent—like a surfer!

    • Mountain Climbers

      Start in standing plank position with hands under shoulders. Bring right knee under chest towards your nose and then straighten leg back to center. Quickly alternate other knee in and repeat.

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