Outdoor Workouts- Getting Ready for Summer!
Summer is the time for outdoor workouts. Getting outside is healthy and Hyperwear has the perfect fitness equipment for outdoor workouts. For motivation and success, sign up for a bootcamp and have a fitness goal. Preparation for an obstacle race like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or a road race or trail running event, can give you the incentive to make your workout a habit. Or schedule that hike in the Grand Canyon you have always been thinking about. Grab your Hyperwear gear and go!
Call it a mud run, obstacle race, or adventure race, all the popular events like Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, and Spartan Race, require strength as well as cardio. Here are some tips for using Hyperwear gear to get ready:
Outdoor workout with a weighted vest
Just add to your body weight doing any variety of workouts outdoors for added cardio and strength. Going to a bootcamp? Bring your Hyper Vest PRO weight vest and include it for your exercises. Hyperwear Master Trainers Britny Fowler and Racheal Brown show you how in this video:
Outdoor workout with a SandBell or SteelBell
Ideal for outdoor workouts and bootcamps, the SandBell is the ultimate sandbag weight to work into your exercise routine to add strength and especially grip strength which is key to climbing on and over obstacles. Here are just a few of many SandBell exercises:
Here are the exercise you will see in the video:
SandBell Core Exercises
- SandBell Weighted Sit-ups–One of the most basic and effective ways to isolate abdominal muscles. Gripping onto a SandBell, raise your body from a lying position to a sitting position while keeping your feet on the ground.
- SandBell Alternating Ab Twists–Gripping a SandBell with both hands, move your body into a ‘crunch’ position with your legs and back both hovering above the ground. From here, use your abdominal muscles to move the SandBell from your left to your right while keeping your upper body and legs from touching the ground.
SandBell Back/Lat Exercises
- SandBell Slams–Starting with your feet slightly wider than shoulder’s width apart, pick up the SandBell, raise it over your head, and then slam the SandBell into the floor with power and intensity. The movement is a full body workout, although during the ‘slam’ stage, you will be engaging many back muscles.
- SandBell Swings–Just like a kettlebell swing, but using a SandBell. The idea is to use your hips to drive/swing the SandBell from between your legs up over your head. While it is a functional movement that utilizes a number of muscles, it does isolate the posterior chain, and in particular the spinal erector and lower-back muscles.
SandBell Arm Exercise (Biceps/Forearms)
- SandBell Grip Grabs–Holding a SandBell out in front of you with one arm, release the SandBell, and then quickly try to catch it with your opposite hand. Try keeping both of your arms straight the whole time. This exercise helps increase forearm strength and endurance.
- SandBell Throws–This exercise is great for isolating your biceps and forearms. The idea is to throw the SandBell into the air and catch it with your opposite hand. *SandBell throws are not demonstrated in the video.
SandBell Leg Exercises
- Walking SandBell Lunges– Hold the SandBell in both hands with arms extended directly overhead. Lunge and walk with the SandBell. Make sure the back knee dips toward the ground, almost touching it but not making contact. Repeat for 5-10 paces, and then turn around and lunge back to the starting position.
- Standing Alternating SandBell Lunges–Hold a SandBell above your head and step forward into a deep lunge position. Your back knee should dip toward, but not touch, the ground. Then drive push off your front and lunge forward with your other leg to continue the forward movement.
- SandBell Weighted Squats–Stand with your feet shoulder apart, hold a SandBell in front of you. Squat down until your hips are level with your knees, then stand back up and repeat.
- SandBell Box Jumps–Holding onto a SandBell, jump from the ground onto an elevated surface in front of you. You can jump onto boxes, park benches or even retaining walls. This is a great exercise to improve your vertical leap, and increase leg speed and explosiveness. *SandBell box jumps are not demonstrated in the video.
SandBell Shoulder Exercises
- SandBell Push-Press—Hold onto the SandBell with both hands, dip your knees slightly, then drive your arms up overhead. The movement is similar to the ‘jerk’ phase in the clean and jerk. When you’re more confident with the move, you can throw the SandBell in the air and catch it before starting the next rep.
- SandBell Thrusters—Using either one or two SandBells, squat down holding the weight chest height. On your way up, thrust your arms over your head. This is a great exercise for working both your shoulders and legs.
- SandBell Front Raises—Gripping into the SandBell(s), keep your arms straight and raise them in front of you until your hands reach eye level. A great exercise for isolating your shoulders.
Outdoor workout with a SandRope battle rope
Hyperwear’s SandRope was created to allow you the freedom to do battle rope workouts without having to anchor. The neoprene construction makes it water resistant and able to survive outdoor training. Just one idea is to take this SandRope battle rope atomic burpee outdoors: