SARASOTA, FLORIDA – B-Mo Fit, a Sarasota fitness camp, will be holding its annual Halloween Charity Boot Camp event, Freaky Fat Loss, with all proceeds going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Attendees don Halloween costumes while performing pumpkin exercises.
“You can approach Halloween in one of two ways,” said owner and fitness expert Maureen Corristan. “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 latter – it’s a lot more figure-friendly!” Corristan is a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).
Pumpkins can be used as medicine balls for an unlimited number of exercise options. Corristan 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. Corristan 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 hinge back at your hips while bringing the pumpkin underneath your body with 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. Increase the intensity by swinging the pumpkin overhead. Perform for 30 seconds.
2) Pumpkin Squat to Presses: Holding a pumpkin in your hands at chest level, push your hips back and squat down until your front thighs are parallel to the floor with your eyes up, your chest and knees out, and your weight on your heels. Then simultaneously stand up and press the pumpkin overhead. Increase the intensity by jumping up from the bottom of the squat position while simultaneously pressing the pumpkin overhead while airborne, then land softly and repeat. Perform for 30 seconds.
3) Pumpkin Mountain Climbers: Place a pumpkin on the floor. Place your hands on the pumpkin and assume a perfect push-up position with tight abs, tight glutes, and a straight line from the head through the heels. Now bring one knee to your chest while keeping your hips and shoulders square, then switch sides and repeat. Increase the intensity by adding speed of movement or by integrating a pumpkin push-up between each knee-in. Perform for 30 seconds.
The Freaky Fat Loss event will be held 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Extra Innings, 717 Cattlemen Road. The event is open to the public and families are welcome. The entry fee for the workout is by donation. B-Mo Fit will contribute $5 to charity for every person who shows up. Participants must bring their own pumpkin to the workout. For more information, please contact Corristan at Maureen@bmofit.com or (941) 320-6507.