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Men: On your mark…


You wish to start training but don’t know where to begin? Here’s a complete training program addressed to men who wish to take charge. Do these cardiovascular and strength training exercises three times a week and you’ll be on your way to achieving better health.

Ladies, an exercise program will be available on this blog next week. Be ready!

Perform one set of 12 reps for each of the following exercises.

Strength training exercises:

1- Wall squat: Hold the ball against the wall at lower back level. With the feet slightly forward and hip-width apart, bend knees to a 90o angle. Then fully straighten the legs without locking the knees.

2- Leg curl: Wedge the ball between the heels and the back of the thighs and squeeze the ball hard with the heels (leg curl). Hold the contraction for 20-30 seconds.

3- Seated row (hammer grip): Anchor the tubing around the feet and grasp the tubing handles with a hammer grip. Pull the elbows backwards keeping the forearms parallel to the floor. Squeeze the shoulder blades together at the top of the movement. Return slowly to the starting position.

4- Chest press: Rest the shoulder blades on the ball and hold the dumbbells with a overhand grip. Keeping the elbows wide, pull them down until the dumbbells are 1 cm from the chest. Fully extend the arms without locking the elbows.

5- Standing arm curl: With the tubing under your feet, hands shoulder width apart holding the handles with an underhand grip, curl the forearms keeping the elbows close to your sides. Return the arms slowly to the starting position. Avoid leaning backwards.

6- Triceps kickback: Keeping the elbow high, fully extend the arm without locking the elbow. Bring the dumbbell back to the starting position with a 90o angle at the elbow.

7- Half crunch: Contract the abdominal muscles and raise the upper torso with a range of motion of about 30o. Avoid pulling the head forward. Repeat 1 to 2 times.

Cardiovacular exercise:

15 to 20 minutes of continuous fast walk at 9-12 on the Perceived Exertion Scale. This means you must adjust your intensity to feel like your making a light effort and begin to breath faster (no more, no less).

By Karine Larose

Karine Larose, M.Sc.

Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.

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