Summer Shape-Up Series – Part 2

The third part of our Summer Shape-Up Series looks at toning the lower body…

 “PowerSCULPT is a studio resistance class that works to sculpt, tone and strengthen the entire body. By focusing on low weight loads and high repetition, this class can burn in excess of 600 calories per session, while helping to gain strength and muscle tone.  Research has shown this type of ‘resistance’ class is one of the fastest ways to get into shape as it challenges all of your major muscle groups while you squat, press, lift and curl.” Andy Robinson – PowerSCULPT Toning Instructor

Andy’s at-home exercise for toning the lower body:

The Squat

“The Squat is a core and fundamental exercise of the PowerSculpt class.  The benefits of this exercise are huge, not only will it help to sculpt, tone and strengthen your upper leg muscles, buttocks and lower back, but it will also help to raise your heart rate and burn calories due to the number of major muscles this exercise incorporates.  Aim to do as many full squats as you can before resting for a minute and repeat 3 times.  You can increase the intensity by progressing to single leg squats.”

  • Stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips with your toes turned out. Lift your chest up and squeeze between your shoulder blades.
  • Keeping your chest up, sit down and back, keeping your knees in line with the middle of your foot.
  • Push through your heels as you rise to activate the buttocks and do not lock your knees out at the top, once straightened.

Tip for beginners: “If you are new to squats, to help encourage the correct technique I recommend that you try standing with your back facing a chair. Slowly lower yourself down, as if you were going to sit back on the chair, but before you make contact the seat, slowly raise up straight again.  Keep your abdominals braced throughout.”