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The Jacked-O-Lantern Workout

Pumpkin

7 Exercises You Can Do With a Pumpkin

1

Goblet Squat

Starting in a standing position with the legs slightly wider than the hips while holding on to your pumpkin, drop your hips back into a seated position. Position your body back up by squeezing your butt tight and keeping your back straight throughout the entire motion.

2

Russian Twists

Starting in a seated position with your back straight while holding on to your pumpkin, rotate your pumpkin from hip to hip while keeping your back straight and abs engaged. Make this exercise more difficult by elevating your feet off of the ground.

3

Plank

Start on your hands with your pumpkin placed between your hands with your back flat and core engaged. Maintain a rigid body position from upper body to lower body while you alternate tapping your pumpkin.

4

Overhead Press

Start holding your pumpkin at shoulder height. Tighten your butt and stomach while engaging your upper back and press the pumpkin overhead while maintaining that engaged position. Return to starting position by pulling the weight back to starting position.

5

Glute Bridge

While lying on your back with the knees bent and pumpkin on your pelvis, squeeze your butt and abs while raising your hips off the floor until your hips and knees are in line. Slowly lower the hips back toward the ground while keeping your back flat.

6

Push Ups

Start in a push up position on hands and toes with one hand on the pumpkin while the other hand is flat on the floor with elbow extended. Maintain back flat position with core engaged while you slowly lower your body to the ground by bending the elbows. Push yourself back up to starting position.

7

Toe Touches

Begin laying flat on your back with your stomach engaged. Raise your leg straight up while maintaining a back flat position. Touch your pumpkin to your toes and then lower back down to the ground

Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life.

These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”.

Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...

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