Canada Day Workout

I am proud to be Canadian, so to celebrate our colourful money, our politeness, our love of hockey, and our ridiculous amounts of rocks and trees and water,  I give you 6 exercises to properly celebrate the Canuck life: 1. RCMP Squats: with a wide stance, as if you’re mounted on the back of a horse, and with a straight back as you proudly protect your countrymen, lower into a full squat and come back up with control. Remember to smile politely. Repeat 20x. canadarcmp 2. Canoe Rows: apparently every Canadian should be able to have sex in a canoe. While that’s definitely good cardio (not to mention balance), here’s an alternative for those without that option. Stand with feet hip distance apart, and your body leaned slightly forward. Row using a free weight or kettle bell, keeping your elbow close to your body. Make it even harder by turning this into a plank row, or doing this in a lunge. Repeat 10x each arm. 3. Terry Fox High Knees: even more fun to do if you have a map of Canada rug, you can high knee your way from Newfoundland to Thunder Bay. Repeat 40 seconds. canadaterryfox 4. Rocky Mountain Climbers: In plank position, bring your right knee forward to your right arm, bring it back and repeat with your left leg. Now smell that brisk Alberta air. Repeat 10x each leg. 5. Caribou Kicks: the mighty relative of the moose, and star of our quarter also packs a mighty kick. Start on all fours, with your hands in line with your shoulders and knees in line with your hips. Keeping your back straight and foot flexed, lift one leg until your thigh is parallel to the ground and pulse/kick upwards. Repeat 10x each side. canadacaribou-1 6. The Lumberjack Woodchop: stand with your knees slightly bent. Hold a sandbag or kettle bell above your right shoulder and swing it down, landing beside your left thigh, just like you’re chopping wood. Repeat 10x each side.  

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