So, the Shirlmeister and I were heading out for a cup of coffee this morning when we noticed this fella out walking his dog. I use the phrase ‘walking his dog’ very loosely. He was actually just standing there watching his dog walk around by itself – including taking a poop on the sidewalk without him picking it up.
Now, one of the benefits of getting a dog is that it gets you out and makes you get some exercise. You have to walk the wee beastie a couple of times a day so at the very least you are getting a little fresh air and some activity. But apparently that was too much for this fella. He walked outside his house, watched his dog run up and down the street (well trained dog that it is it never went into the street) and then went back inside.
It struck me that some people will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid getting any kind of exercise. When his wife exercises the dog she at least brings out a ball and throws it for the dog to chase around and bring back to her. She doesn’t do that much more walking than her husband but at least her arm gets a workout – and she does clean up after the pooch.
So, what does that have to do with today’s exercise? Nothing. I was just amazed at how lazy this geezer was and wanted to share it.
Anyway. Exercise. Yeah. How about a front squat and push press combo. Sounds like an item on a chinese take-away menu doesn’t it.It’s actually one of those lovely combination exercises that I love because they work several different muscle groups all at once.
All you need is a barbell.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Then, grab the barbell with an overhand grip, holding your hands slightly wider than shoulder width. Raise the bar towards your chest in a curling motion, then – and here’s the sneaky part – lower your hips until your thighs are parallel to the floor (or at least as close to parallel as they go).
Pause there for a second or two. Then, straighten your legs and as you stand back upright use your momentum to press the bar overhead. Hold it above your head for a second, pause, and return to your starting position.
That’s one rep. Do as many as you can and then collapse.