Muscle Matters! Recently we were interviewed by genneve, an online digital health solution for women in midlife, for a blog featuring our top 5 exercises for maintaining strength no matter age, gender, fitness history or goals. It was hard to narrow it down to five! The five we chose are those exercises that many of you will see show up again and again on your strength training plans. If done correctly and consistently, they can really help maintain strength as we (all!) age. Sumo Squat with Dumbbell Press is a great exercise for your whole body, working glutes, core and shoulders. It just requires dumbbells and attention to form.
Find those glutes! WE know, we know! we sound like a recording stuck on repeat. But, finding those glutes is a huge part of keeping you active!
This is a great exercise for learning to recruit your glutes and strengthening them and your core. Although it looks and sounds deceptively simple, it can be hard for many to feel this exercise and thus they go through the motions of doing it but don’t get the benefit. Make sure to really slow down and take the time to figure out what variation and position works for you.
Anyone from beginner to more experienced athlete can benefit from adding Bridges to their routine.
Glute, glute, baby! It's all about the glutes and learning to recruit and use them. It's amazing how many runners and other athletes have trouble recruiting their glutes and how many common injuries can be traced back this problem.
This common exercise is simple to do and very effective for targeting your glutes and deep hip rotators. We like this exercise because it requires no equipment but like any exercise it does require close attention to proper form.
You may find this exercise listed on your strength routines. Standing T seems like a deceptively simple exercise and we like it for just that reason. But to do it correctly is not so easy! It is also known as a single leg deadlift which sometimes scares people away as that sounds like "serious" weightlifting.
We like it more than a traditional deadlift because although it is a simple movement, it challenges your balance and control while targeting your glutes and a whole host of other stabilizing muscles in your core and back.