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Seasonal Strength

Workout anywhere, with anything!

Article by Hannah Echols Grieser

Photography by Jolie Rodriguez

Originally published in Parker City Lifestyle

You’ve heard of pumping iron, but have you ever heard of pumping— pumpkins? We took a team up to Bluffs Regional Park to see how we could fuse fall and fitness together. Don’t worry, you don’t have to haul a pumpkin up the 2.25 mile loop like our model, Marcus Dilley, did, to get a good workout in. Bluffs Regional Park has rocks of all sizes that can be substituted for the moves pictured below, while also offering stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown Denver.  COVID-19 has many gyms closed or under tight restrictions, but Colorado is privileged with several natural alternatives to build strength and endurance. If cooler weather or snow hinders outdoor options, all of these moves can be completed at home with a medicine ball, a large book, or a bag stuffed with with heavy items.

Move 1: Deep Squat

Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and gradually move them outwardly until you feel comfortable. The wider your stance, the more you work your butt rather than your quads. Sit back into the squat and resist pushing your knees forward. As you go deeper, your glutes and hips work harder and gain strength. Listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

Move 2: The V

This move is true to the name. Simply position your body in a V formation, making your legs and arms as straight as possible. You’ll begin to feel the tension in your abdominal muscles almost immediately! Hold the position for as long as you can. Tip: Use your phone as a timer so you can keep track and push your limits.

Move 3: Upper-body Lunges

Keep the upper body straight and engage your core. Step forward with one leg and lower your hips until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Don’t let your knee extend beyond your ankle. Continue to step forward with the weight held above your head. The burn you feel in your arms just might distract from the pain in your legs!