Not even a blizzard can stand between you and your fitness goals – well, if you’re working out with the help of Reebok Master Trainer, Sara Haley, anyway! Whether you’re looking for a ski-slope inspired exercise routine, a workout you can do no matter how long you’re snowed in for or just a new routine to pull you through the drab winter months, Sara’s Winter Wonderland Workout is the fitness plan for you! Alternating between cardio and sculpting moves to take the heart on a little rollercoaster ride, the Snowman Shuffle, Ski for Speed and Snowball Fight are meant to drive your heart rate up, while the Sledding Push off, Snowboard Slip & Glide and Snow Abs are intended to allow you to catch your breath as you sculpt your body. Complete the entire circuit 4 times (alternating between your right and left side) and you’ll have a total body workout done in approximately 30 minutes. Just be sure to warm up (and not in a cup-of-hot-cocoa-kinda-way) before beginning this routine.
SNOWMAN SHUFFLE: 1) Begin with the knees soft, balancing on the balls of your feet; reach up and pack the top of the snowman. 2) Shuffle the feet by stepping the right foot to the left and then stepping left foot out into a medium squat; reach for the belly of the snowman. 3) Shuffle again to squat down low; reach out and pack the bottom of the snowman. Reverse your direction (packing low to high) shuffling the left foot to the right. Repeat for speed for 60 seconds.
SLEDDING PUSH OFF: 1) Begin seated on the floor with legs out long, leaning back with your arms supporting you behind your back (fingertips towards you) with soft elbows. 2) As if you were pushing off the snow to begin sledding downhill, dip yourself back so that your elbows come closer to the floor (remembering to keep your shoulders pressed down away from your ears and your core engaged). Press back up to where you started. 3) As you dip down the next time, rotate to one side and drop one elbow only, placing the opposite arm on your hip, as if you were rocking to one side of the sled. Come back to the center and dip again and then rock to the other side. Repeat sequence 6 times. (Works upper body and obliques)
SKI FOR SPEED: This drill simulates telemark and downhill skiing. 1) Begin in a lunge with the back foot lifted in a telemark position. 2) Jump up and switch the feet and land in a lunge so you are skiing with the opposite leg in front. 3) Slalom by jumping feet together and over to the right sitting into the right hip. Work to keep heels on the floor and knees and feet together; counterbalance with your arms. 4) Jump to the other side. Repeat sequence for 60 seconds.
SNOWBOARD SLIP & GLIDE: 1) In an exaggerated snowboard stance sit into a squat with hands out in front of you for balance. 2) Shift your weight into right leg, picking up right heel into a Side Slip & hold for 8. 3) Place heel down & glide by tapping left foot back behind the right foot and back out to the side 8 times. (Works butt & legs; also a great balance challenge for the core!)
SNOWBALL FIGHT: 1) Begin with feet shoulder distance apart with the right leg in front, sit into a deep squat (back flat, heels down), with arms in front of face as if preparing to throw a snowball. 2) Run forward right-left-right, circling the back arm forward to throw the snowball. 3) Keep the core engaged to help maintain your balance on one leg as you throw the snowball. Run backwards left-right-left and sit back into your squat. Take bigger steps to increase your heart rate! Repeat for 60 seconds.
SNOW ANGEL ABS: 1) Begin on your back with your legs stretched out wide and your arms at your side. 2) Simultaneously close your legs and reach your arms above your head. 3) Engage your core and lift both legs and arms up off the floor. Hold for a count of four. Slowly lower back down to floor and return to X position. Repeat sequence 6 times. (Works core)
***** Repeat entire sequence beginning on the other side.
COZY FIRE STRETCH: 1) Begin lying on your back with arms and legs stretched out long. 2) Slowly curl body up on one side, rounding the spine, pulling knees in towards chest – hold for a count of four. Return to your back with arms & legs stretched out long and repeat on other side. Repeat sequence 4 times.