Get Fit for Spring

By Dawn Pellas

Published 03/03 2014 05:31PM

Updated 03/03 2014 05:42PM

Personal Trainer Bret Geishauser recently opened a fitness center at Galactic Ice in Altoona. On today's show, he discusses why now is the time to start getting fit for Spring and Summer.

In the second segment, trainer Freddie Dorman joins Brett to demonstrate a warm up routine that anyone can do to prevent injuries from snow shoveling.

5 Min Snow Shoveling Warm Up

1. Basic squats - Place your feet hip width apart, weight in your heels, go only as low as you can without lifting your heels off the ground. Engage you abs when squatting. Do a set of 15 reps.

2. Arm circles - Imagine you are doing the backstroke and freestyle swim. Gently move each arm through a circle in both directions for about 10 repetitions. Do not force the circle, keep it within your range of motion.

3. Neck stretches - Standing or sitting up very straight, place one arm behind your back and gently tilt your ear down towards your shoulder on both sides. Do it slowly and breath through this movement. Do this 5 times on each side.

4. Torso rotation -Stand up straight and slightly bend your knees. Rotate your upper body side to side, as if to look over your shoulder on both the right and left side. Do not make this ballistic or fast. Keep it smooth. Keep the twist comfortable. Do 10 on each side.

5. Hamstring stretch - While holding onto the table, lift your leg and place it on the seat of a chair. Square your hips and shoulders with your lifted leg and gently reach for your knee, shin or toes. Do your best to keep both legs straight (without locking your knee). Hold the stretch for 10 seconds and then switch. Do this 3 times on each leg.

Learn more about Bret's fitness facility, Boost Sport and Fitness online.

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