I love to piggyback on current events to invigorate my fitness boot camp workouts. This Halloween I will be holding a Halloween Charity Boot Camp event with all proceeds going to Bethany Christian Services for childhood adoption. Campers don Halloween costumes while performing pumpkin exercies.
You can approach Halloween one of two ways. Thie first option is to go nuts with all of the eats and treats. The second is to indulge in moderation and offset any extra caloric consumption with a seasonal pumpkin workout. I recommend the later….it's a lot more figure-friendly!
Pumpkins can be used just like medicine balls for an unlimited number of exercise options. I like to take it one step further and use total body exercises that combine upper body, lower body, and core movements into one big bang for your buck exercise.
Here is my provided top three total body pumpkin exercises that guarantee to help you burn fat and build muscle in mimimal time. I recommend performing at least one circuit of the following three pumpkin exercises with little to no rest between movements, for every Halloween treat you eat:
1) Pumpkin Swings: Holding a pumpkin in your hands with your arms extended, stay on your heels and hinge back at your hips while bringing the pumpkin underneath your body with your eyes up and chest out. Then push your hips forward and swing the pumpkin up to chest level being sure to squeeze your glutes at the top of the movement. Increase the intensity by swinging the pumpkin overhead. Perform for 30 seconds.
2) Pumpkin Squat to Press: Holding a pumpkin in your hands at chest level, push your hips back and squat down until your front thighs are parallel to the floor with your eyes up, your chest and knees out, and your weight on your heels. Then simultaneously stand up and press the pumpkin overhead. Increase the intensity by jumping up from the bottom of the squat position while simultaneously pressing the pumpkin overhead while aireborne, then land softly and repeat for time. Perform for 30 seconds.
3) Pumpkin Mountain Climbers: Place a pumpkin on the floor. Place your hands on the pumpkin and assum a perfect push-up position with tight abs, tight glutes, and a straight line from the head through the heels. Now bring one knee to your chest while keeping your hips and shoulders square, then switch sides and repeat for time. Increase the intensity by adding speed of movement or by integrating a pumpkin push-up each knee-in. Perform for 30 seconds.
I will be holding our Freaky Fat Loss Halloween Charity event on October 26th at 10am at FASTFIT in west Little Rock. The event is open to the public, families are welcome, and tickets to the event cost $10 for adults and $5 for children with all proceeds going to Bethany Christian Services. Participants must bring their own pumpkin to the workout. Pre-purchase is required due to space limitations. Tickets can be purchased at http://jeffmcdanieltraining.com/halloween/ . For more information, please email email@example.com or call us at 501-425-0661.