Carve Out Abs with a Pumpkin Workout

Pumpkins are for decorating your porch, carving, painting and even making pie, but did you know that it could also help you do your next workout? What would you do if all you had to do fit in a quick workout is to pick up a pumpkin that’s already out your front door? Check out these exercises that will give you a full body workout, only a pumpkin needed. And yes, I did weigh my pumpkin, it’s 15 pounds.

Front squat. Option, front squat to shoulder press.Β 
Begin standing with feet slightly wider than shoulder width, holding your pumpkin against your chest. Squat down, keeping your pumpkin at your chest, and your weight in your heels. Keeping your weight in your heels will help you avoid your knees going over your toes. Drive back up from your heels through your hips and squeezing your glutes.
Bonus move:Β If you feel comfortable with weighted squats, take your workout up a notch by continuing into a shoulder press. After following your hips forward out of your squat, continue by pressing the pumpkin directly up and over your head. Return to the starting position and repeat.

Weighted Lunge.Β Option, rotation.
Lunges can be performed walking or standing in place. Be sure again not to allow your knee to bend forward over your toes. Whether walking or completing a set of 15 in place one leg at a time, you can add in an ab move my rotating to the side while lunging.

Chest Press.
Lying on a flat, hard surface with knees bent, hold pumpkin directly over your chest, pressing up and keeping control over your chest.

Russian Twist.
It’s always the right time for an ab workout! Rotation ab workouts are great for women since they avoid building a bulky core. Begin seated and raise feet about six inches off the ground. Holding the pumpkin at about chest height, turn to the right bringing pumpkin to tap the floor and continuing to the left side. Continue for 15 reps on each side for one set.

Your workout doesn’t always have to take an extended amount of time or get you too far away from what you need to do the rest of the day. Sometimes all it takes is a pumpkin and 20 minutes to fit in a full body workout!

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