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My Spring Equinox Fitness Challenge: Strength Training Details

In a recent session with my trainer Hannah at Equinox Fitness I learned two important tips — details, really — on how to make a couple of exercises more effective. And, as you know, the devil is in the details.


When working your booty doing side squats with a theraband or resistance tubing, you need to step out with your heel. Stepping with the heel, as opposed to the toe, will make your glutes engage more. Take 10 steps to the right, stepping with the heel, then return to your starting place by taking 10 steps leading with your left heel. After three sets of this exercise, I could feel my glute meds (the muscles on the side of the pelvis) burn.

To see how to make any rowing exercise more intense, read more.


Rowing exercises are great for working your upper back and these moves counteract everyday slouching. When doing rows, most folks think of squeezing their shoulder blades together. Instead of thinking solely of the movement coming from your back, initiate the movement from opening your collar bone, aka your clavicle. This detail helps open the chest a bit more, allowing the upper back muscles to engage more deeply.

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