My 5 fave stretches and 3 tips for toning your Tushie!

BOSU Balance TrainerI can’t believe it’s already week 3 of the #BosuStrong challenge, time flies when  you’re having fun! Last week we focused on balance and I was proud of myself for my one-legged Balance on the BOSU Balance Trainer.  This week it’s all about stretching and toning – so make sure you join in on the fun!

Since we’re talking about stretching here are 5 of my all time favorite stretches:

  • I love to stretch my legs by doing a move that I learned in my BOSU Complete Trainer Certification last year, the Pigeon Pose atop the BOSU.  It makes my runner hips soooooo happy!!!
  • My favorite total body stretch is actually a series led by my bestie, Tammy, Yin Yoga!  Making my body hold slightly uncomfortable poses then reaping the rewards after, that’s the bestest!
  • I swear when I do Hot Yoga, it feels like I did a full body workout for my body and soul!
  • I stretch my mind by listening to mediation sounds on the drive home from work each afternoon.  Calming a very anxious mind seems an almost impossible task these days.
  • I try to stretch out of my comfort zone by trying something new each year that scares me.  This year, I trained through the horrific Florida Summer for the Chicago Marathon.  A distance that takes so much more than just running miles . . .

BOSU Side LungeAnd if you’re looking for a great way to tone your Tushie, here are my fave 3 tips:

One-Legged Hip Thrusts – Lay on the floor with your butt as close to the BOSU Balance Trainer as possible, lift one leg straight up (toes flexed back) and the other heel in the BOSU and lift and lower.  These are great for a timed movement or set number of repetitions.  New to this exercise?  Try giving me 10 on each leg.

Weighted BOSU Squats – Standing dome side up, squat through your heels while holding a weighted medicine ball.  Not great on your balance yet, try just squatting and returning to standing for a set number of reps.

Reverse Lunges with a Medicine Ball –  Stand in front of the BOSU and take one leg back, hold a medicine ball straight out and lunge to 90 and return to standing.  You can also add a slight side rotation to incorporate your obliques.  For beginners, try 10 sets each leg and KEEP THOSE ARMS STRAIGHT!!

So I want to know – are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own.  I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.

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