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Top 3 training tips by Alexa Towersey

1. Resistance Training: 

Combine four compound exercises in one giant set:

8–10 x Barbell Back Squats

8–10 x Barbell Bent-Over Rows

8–10 x Deadlifts

6–8 x Pull-ups 

24 x Barbell Walking Lunges

TIP: Rest for 2 minutes between rounds and complete 3 to 5 rounds

 

2. HIIT Training:

I like 400m sprint repeats the best.

Start with 5 to 7 and increase each week. 60 to 90 seconds rest between.

TIP: Don’t do these on the same day as your weight training.

 

3. Tabata Protocols:

I like to use Tabata-style exercises as ‘finishers’ after a weight-training workout.

It’s essentially maximum reps of an exercise in 20 seconds followed by a 10-second rest and repeated for a total of eight rounds (4 minutes or 2:40 of actual work).

TIP: My preferred variations include thruster, squat jumps, air assault bike, burpees, mountain climber or deadmill.

 

Top 3 training tips by Alexa Towersey

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Dynamic warm up routine

Warm up your muscles with cover model Alexa Towersey’s favourite warm up sequence. Alexa always incorporates a structured dynamic warm-up before every training session. It’s the perfect opportunity to prime the nervous system and prepare the muscles, reinforce correct movement patterns and identify and address any structural imbalances or weaknesses.

Learning how to switch ‘off’ the wrong muscles, and switch on the ‘right’ muscles, for the workout to come is the key to making your workouts more efficient and effective.

HOT TIPIf your hip flexors are tight, they can inhibit the glutes from firing, so you need to include a dynamic warm-up that focuses on opening up the hips first and then isolating and activating the glutes.Overhead Reverse Lunge x 10Step back into a reverse lunge, bringing the knee down to graze the ground as you reach your arms up and out of your hips towards the ceiling.

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Dynamic warm up routine

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 5th Element Wellness Modified Strongman Workout 5th Element Wellness helps us build strength with this modified strongman workout.Fitness Manager and Co-Founder of 5th Element Wellness David O'Brien takes trainer Alexa Towersey through a challenging yet rewarding workout. Be sure to check out 5th Element Wellness @5elementwellness for upcoming events and more!Visit our Youtube channel for more workout videos.

5th Element Wellness Modified Strongman Workout

5th Element Wellness Modified Strongman Workout

5th Element Wellness helps us build strength with this modified strongman workout.Fitness Manager and Co-Founder of 5th Element Wellness David O’Brien takes trainer Alexa Towersey through a challenging yet rewarding workout.

Be sure to check out 5th Element Wellness @5elementwellness for upcoming events and more!

Visit our Youtube channel for more workout videos.

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5th Element Wellness Modified Strongman Workout

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How to use your resistance bands for recovery and toning

How to use your resistance bands for recovery and toning You’ll be suprised at how resistance bands can come in handy when it comes to activation, recovery and toning.Also known as physio bands or Thera-Bands, resistance bands are often used to improve flexibility or for rehabilitative purposes.“Resistance bands are great for rehabilitation from injury as they don’t load the spine or put pressure on the joints to the same extent as heavy weights,” says elite trainer of over 15 years Matthew Strickland.“When added to your stretching routine, they can allow you to reach a deeper stretch than you might otherwise be able to achieve, aiding recovery and improving flexibility.”While resistance bands do not correspond to a specific weight and cannot load the muscle to the same extent as a dumbbell, they can also be used to add tension and tone specific muscle groups, such as the glutes, calves, shoulders, back and biceps, and are perfect if dumbbells or similar are out of reach at home or while travelling. They can also aid in activating muscle groups in preparation for heavier lifts.Resistance bands come in varying levels of stretch, from light to heavy, and are usually colour coded.“Heavier bands should be used for larger muscle groups such as the legs or glutes, while lighter bands can be used for muscles that don’t require a heavy load to work them, such as the shoulders,” says Strickland.For activation/toning: Warm-ups that are dynamic, rather than static, can help to increase movement ranges and activate the muscle groups that your workouts will target. “Dynamic warm-ups are important as they prepare the muscles, prime the nervous system and give you an opportunity to reinforce proper technique,” says trainer Alexa Towersey. To prime the glutes and hamstrings for a lower body session, try glute raises with a resistance band tied around the knees; concentrate on pushing your knees outwards, against the bands, as you raise your hips upward to really get the booty working.

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