On the days you don’t feel like working on your fitness, aim for moves that target multiple zones and you will be done in no time.
Our move today is a wide squat with a side crunch. You will be working your lower body, quads, glutes, hamstrings, inner thighs and also your core.
Begin this combo move by placing your feet out in a wide stance, angling the toes outward. Lower your torso by bending in the knees. Push your hips slightly forward to engage the abdomen and hold your chest tall. Place each hand gently behind the ears or neck and you are ready to move.
Keeping the lower body engaged in a squatting position, begin to bend to one side. Keeping the elbows out from the body, guide the chest with the bent elbow. Once you reach your deepest contraction on one side, return to the start. And continue to the opposite side.
Keep this side-to-side crunch going for at least five to 10 times on each side. Stand from the squat, and give your legs a short break, then return for the next set.
Give yourself at least three to five sets of this combo movement.
For variation, you can add light hand weights, or stand from the squat if it becomes too much to hold while you are crunching.
This move can be done on its own, as it is targeting multiple areas, but also great to add into a lower body/core routine.
Anyway you choose, just do it. You’ll be glad you did when you are done.
— Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org