16 Day Killer Kixie Challenge! Day Seven: 120 Single Leg Deadlifts
Boooooooty! This move requires great balance, so feel free to tap the back foot down or use a chair or wall to help you out. Whatever you do USE your core and hamstrings to do the work: you shouldn’t feel this too intensely in your lower back.
Single Leg Deadlifts
*Advanced: use weight! The single leg version is challenging and should be done with a lighter weight (to start).
If you’re used to doing heavy deadlifts at the gym, this is a good “at home” alternative that doesn’t require heavy equipment. (I usually use 15-30lb dumbbells, but I’d use 10lbs for this high volume challenge). Use dumbbells, a sandbag, or even a heavy book or bag: whatever you got. Hold it in one hand or both hands as you lift and lower.
A. Stand on one foot, keeping a slight bend in the standing knee. Engage your core and find your balance by focusing on a spot on the floor 6 feet in front of you.
B. Driving your lifted knee up to hip level, transferring your weight to one foot. Slowly, hinge forward from the hips (think chest to floor), and keep hips neutral. Remember to focus on that one spot on the floor. Drive your lifted leg to the back of the room as you hinge forward (leg bent or straight).
C. Using your glutes & hamstrings to do the lifting (really: VISUALIZE it), keep your back flat as you power back up to starting position. Tap your foot down for balance if needed, and repeat on the same side.
Tip: think about powering up from the hamstrings and hips: engage your core to drive yourself down and up, and focus on using the glutes - NOT YOUR BACK - to do the lifting. GO SLOW: THIS ISN’T SPEEDWORK. If you feel this in your low back, it is doing too much of the work. Switch to an easier modification (tap down, use less weight etc) to work up to proper form.
(New to the challenge? Start now! See the rest of the 16 Day Killer Kixie Challenge here.)
Hardcore Holidays! Day 11 Stocking Stuffer: 150 Squats (your choice).
Almost finished! 3 challenges left, and we’re done!
Congrats to all of you who have been keeping up with each challenge and sending me your progress. I know it’s hard, and we’re all sore, but we should be very proud. :)
Today is a squat challenge: any and all squats count (mix them up & choose toughers modification that you’re used to). I’ve added some of my favorite modifications below.
See 4 Quick Ways To Fix Your Squat for tips on form.
Prisoner Squat Jacks
Hardcore Holiday Challenge! Day 8 Stocking Stuffer: 50 Elevated Hip Bridges
Hip bridges are a fab exercise, a great way to strengthen your hamstrings and glutes. Placing your feet on an elevated surface makes this simple move VERY challenging. Make sure to engage the glutes, core and listen to your body: this may be too tough for some of you, but it’s perfectly fine to do them from the floor. You can also use a swiss ball, a roller, or any other piece of equipment that suits your fancy.:)
Because people of all levels are doing this challenge, I’ve added a ton of modifications for you to choose from. Pick the HARDEST modification you can handle, and do as many as you can.
Basic Bridges From The Floor
Many of you won’t be ready for elevated bridges, and that’s okay! Try them from the floor instead, with both feet or on one leg (25 per side). See photos below.
Tips: curl your tailbone under and contract through the core to really engage your glutes. Don’t worry about lifting up high: just work on really feeling the contraction. Shoulder blades stay on the floor & back is flat: don’t arch.
Elevated Bridge Modifications