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Pumpkin Press - A Workout That Will "Squash" All Others

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It is not just eating pumpkin that is good for your health, but lifting a pumpkin too. Grab a 5 to 7 pound pumpkin and sculpt and tone your entire body. Here are some great Pumpkin Exercises from my Fitness Answer Workout Plan.

Pumpkin Press and Squat
Start with your feet placed wider than hip distance apart and knees slightly bent. Hold the pumpkin with arms bent in front of your chest. Slowly bend down into a squat position while pressing the pumpkin straight out in front of you. Return to the starting position and repeat.

Pumpkin Crunch
Lie on the floor with your knees bent and place the pumpkin between your bent knees. Squeeze your knees together to hold pumpkin in place while stabilizing your torso. Place your hands behind your head. Slowly begin to lift your shoulders off the mat, at the same time bringing your knees to meet your elbows. Focus on contracting your abdominal muscles to complete this motion. Slowly return to the starting position.

Pumpkin Reverse Crunch
Start by sitting on the floor with a pumpkin between your bent knees. Squeeze your knees together to hold it in place. Place your hands behind you for support; then lean back slightly bringing your feet off the floor. Slowly bring your knees toward your chest, pause and then return to the starting position.

Pumpkin Pelvic Thrust
Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent. Place a small pumpkin between your knees as you lift your hips off the floor while squeezing your glutes. Slowly lower your hips back down to the floor.

Pumpkin Pullover Sit-Up
Start by lying on your back on the floor with your knees slightly bent and feet flat on the floor. Hold the pumpkin overhead toward floor. Keeping your arms straight, slowly raise the pumpkin up over your head. Slowly lower yourself back down to the floor.

Pumpkin Power Raise
Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Hold the pumpkin in your hands in front of your body at waist height. Slowly raise the pumpkin up and above your head, while keeping arms straight. Return to starting position.

Pumpkin Extension
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent.

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What a creative way to end a Thanksgiving feast by passing out pumpkins (sizes - age appropriate) by hosting a family fit activity - training with pumpkins/squash!

November 11, 2010 - 2:23pm
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