Touchdown! Get Moving with Harley Pasternak’s Football-Inspired Workouts
Courtesy Harley Pasternak
Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. Tweet him @harleypasternak.
It’s the week many Americans have been waiting for: the NFL season officially starts on Thursday! And whether you’re on three different fantasy teams or can only name the celebrity girlfriends of certain players, you can’t escape football fever.
As a tribute, I thought I’d come up with a few gridiron-inspired moves to train your whole body, just like the pros use. Check out the easy-to-follow Vine videos below:
Burpees. Burpees are a classic move for a good reason — they really hit your whole body.
Jump Squat. This move is a must among athletes who need to develop explosive movement. For non-athletes, it’s an amazing toning move that really gets the whole lower body working.
Spiderman Plank. This variation on a traditional plank really activates the whole core — the rectus abdominals as well as the obliques. (Avoid the temptation to stick your butt in the air, especially as you really start to feel the burn.)
Quick Feet. This is a move you can do anywhere — at your desk, in front of the TV during a game — that will be sure to get your heart rate going! Get as low in that squat as you can and try to go faster and faster.
Walkout (a.k.a. Inchworm). This move may not look like much, but it strengthens your core, arms and thighs while increasing flexibility.
Wind Sprints. Recent research suggests that short-duration, high-intensity workouts may be better for us than longer, lower-intensity workouts. That’s where our old friends the wind sprints come into play (remember these from gym class?). If you have bad knees, avoid hard stops and turns and do one-directional sprints instead.
Lateral Squat Shuffle. This classic drill will fire up your glutes, hamstrings and quads and can really help strengthen your hips. Stay in a squat the whole time, keep your back straight (no hunching) and look forward rather than at your feet.