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Charlotte Personal Trainer Shares 3 Great Pumpkin Exercises to Burn Belly Fat

October 19, 2010

Charlotte Personal Trainer Shares 3 Great Pumpkin Exercises to Burn Belly Fat

October 18th, 2010- SW Charlotte fitness expert and owner of Tuff Girl Boot camps, Julie Sawyer, loves to piggyback on current events to invigorate her fitness bootcamp workouts. This Halloween, Sawyer will be holding a free Freaky Fat Loss workout to show participants how to burn belly fat with a pumpkin.

Sawyer says: “You can approach Halloween one of two ways. The first option is to go nuts with all of the eats and treats. The second is to indulge in moderation and offset any extra caloric consumption with a seasonal pumpkin workout. I recommend the later… it’s a lot more figure-friendly!”

Pumpkins can be used just like medicine balls for an unlimited number of exercise options. Sawyer likes to take it one step further and use total body exercises that combine upper body, lower body, and core movements into one big bang for your buck exercise.

She has provided her top three total body pumpkin exercises that guarantee to help you burn fat and build muscle in minimal time. She recommends performing at least one circuit of the following three pumpkin exercises, with little to no rest between movements, for every Halloween treat you eat:

1) Pumpkin Swings: Holding a pumpkin in your hands with your arms extended, stay on your heels and push your hips back while bringing the pumpkin underneath your body while keeping your eyes up and chest out. Then push your hips forward and swing the pumpkin up to chest level being sure to squeeze your glutes at the top of the movement. Repeat for 10 total reps.

2) Pumpkin Curl to Squat to Presses: Holding a pumpkin in your hands with your arms extended, curl the pumpkin to your chest as your squat down until your front thighs are parallel to the floor with your eyes up and your weight on your heels. Then simultaneously stand up and press the pumpkin overhead. Repeat for 10 total reps.

3) Pumpkin Burpees: Holding a pumpkin in your hands with your arms extended, squat down to the floor, then jump your legs out to assume a push-up position. Perform a push-up with your hands on the pumpkin and then reverse the movement to stand back up. Repeat for total 10 reps.

Sawyer will be holding her inaugural Freaky Fat Loss Workout on Saturday, October 30th at 9:00 AM at The Palisades Sports Complex. All participants are required to bring a pumpkin for their workout. (Choose pumpkin wisely) For more information on this event, please go to www.tuffgirlbootcamps.com. Tuff Girl Bootcamps can also be reached via email at julie@tuffgirlbootcamps.com and via phone at 803-984-0714.

Transformation Contest Results!

October 1, 2010

On July 26th, thirty Lake Wylie residents of all ages took the plunge to participate in the free Transformation Contest, sponsored by Tuff Girl Bootcamps at The Palisades Sports Complex.  After 8 weeks of participating in three 30-minute exercise classes per week with laser- focus on their diets, the following contestants have received their awards for placing first, second, and third in the contest.

3rd Place-Pam Peterson (congratulations Pam!)- During the contest in those 8 short weeks, Pam was able to lose a little over 5 pounds, and she also lost ¾” in the waist and 1 ¼” in the hips! (Excellent!)  For her third place finish, Pam was awarded 3 custom interval workout tracks and 3 free workouts to use with those tracks ($100 value).

2nd Place-Julie Marraccini-(Good job Julie!)-During the contest in those 8 short weeks, Julie was able to lose 5 pounds on the scale and also lost 7/8” in her waist and 1 1/2” in the hips! (Awesome!)  For her second place finish, Julie received 3 custom interval workout tracks, plus 3 free workouts, and one free month to Tuff Girl Bootcamps ($275 value).

1st Place-Brenda Peters!!! (Congratulations Brenda!)-During the contest in those 8 short weeks, Brenda was able to lose 6 pounds on the scale and also lost 3 ¼” in her waist (WHAT?! That’s sick!) and 2 1/2 “ off her hips. (Unbelievable!) For her 1st place finish, Brenda wins 2 free months to Tuff Girl Bootcamps, plus 3 custom interval workout tracks, and the 3 free workouts to go with those tracks ($450 value).

Other notables in the Transformation Contest include:

Carmen Rios-Although the scale only showed Carmen losing 1 pound, her hard-nosed efforts in class helped her make great strides in the waist and hips.  In 8 weeks, Carmen lost at least 2 3/8” in her waist and 1 ½” in her hips! (Go Carmen!  Hard work always pays off!)

Deb Segura-In Deb’s “pursuit of perfection”, she entered the contest to motivate herself to lose her “last 5” pounds.  With some laser focus on her nutrition, Deb was able to lose 1 lb.  in her 1st 4 weeks and also lost 1 ¼” off of her already tiny waist and ½” in her hips!

Mary Eberle-Although Mary hasn’t seen a change in the scale yet, through her consistent exercise in 8 weeks, she took almost ½” off her waist and also lost ½” in the hips! (Go Mary!)

Jim Jones-Because of his travelling and a busy work schedule, I don’t have the final numbers for Jim yet; however, in Jim’s 1st week of exercise he lost 6 pounds.  In his second week, he lost another 3 pounds!  Jim proved to be a huge competitor in the contest, but the timing wasn’t right this time around.  Jim is determined not to give up his exercise routine and has made big improvements in his fitness and endurance.

  • NOTE: Well, I hate to “toot my own horn” here, but everyone who was successful in the contest just happened to be a participant in our Tuff Girl Bootcamps! Each person took the initiative to exercise on a regular basis, and they also made changes in how/what they were eating.  The bootcamps are designed as a no-nonsense way to raise your metabolism and burn bellyfat, so we hope to help everyone get results as quickly as possible!
  • I’d like to thank everyone for trying our bootcamps, and I hope you’ll let me know if you need help in the future, whether it’s in a bootcamp setting or even for personal training.

I would also like to thank everyone for participating in the Tuff Girl Bootcamps Summer Transformation Contest.  It was great meeting all of you, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working out with each of you too!

Finally, our bootcamps will continue to run through the winter, so I hope you’ll continue to take advantage of these fun, energizing, and challenging classes!

Julie