What makes a legend? No matter how many people you ask, the answer that most often comes up is simple: success. Legends are built upon their prowess and notoriety, and there are a myriad of different arenas to be conquered in today’s world. So it should come as no surprise that we here at InLOVE are always on the hunt for exclusives with the crème de la crème of various industries, and it’s no different when it comes to physical fitness and bodily well-being. The temperatures have been on the rise, and with summer’s full-on fire hovering just on the horizon, it’s time to take advantage of all this season has to offer… by going outside for your exercise!
Don Saladino, workout guru to the stars (Blake Lively! Hugh Jackman! Scarlett Johansson!) and self-proclaimed “physical culturist,” is a legend in his own right. The enormous success of his Drive Clubs (Drive 495 and Drive 443, both located in Manhattan), his endless roster of celebrity clientele, and an aspirational Instagram (his handle is @donsaladino, follow him for constant inspiration and a little bit of workout-ethic envy!) all speak to his dedication and focus in a career that spans over 20 years. We managed to pin him down for a few moments to tell us about why it’s so important to take advantage of exercising al fresco, and to give us a sample program that can be done anywhere you find a bit of green…
“Though the gym has become my temple for work & and play, I tend to spend a little too much time in there. Knowing this, I jump on any opportunity to get outside, work up a sweat, and get the body moving in a way that it is meant to move. First of all, we all need to get outside to breathe fresh air and absorb more Vitamin D; especially after a cold winter! Secondly, I always recommend kicking your shoes off and connecting to your natural habitat. You will experience a different effect from this than from being in a gym (and that’s coming from the co-owner of 2 famous facilities, so it’s even more of a testament to the truth!). This program is simple; what we want is to move and do things that a gym might not give you the luxury of doing. Below, bullet points on a 1-day structure that will take you no more than 30 minutes. You can repeat it up to 3 days a week. So get out there!” – Don Saladino
The Warmup -
Kick off your shoes and train on the grass! If you feel like adding a little extra resistance, the beach is another great place to go barefoot. Don recommends doing neck, arm, ankle, and hip circles (also called hula-hoops) to get the blood flowing, and then adding some torso twists, inverted hamstrings, and standing 1-legged hip circles. By this point, you should feel ready to take on the rest of this regimen!
The Workout –
Start with a bear crawl, and do 10 reps, forward & backward. Follow this with 10 reps of lunges (start to feel the burn!). Pull-ups are next: find a safe tree branch, or monkey bars/playground gym to get 2-3 reps in. If you can’t, just hang there for 10-60 seconds. *note – for those who don’t have access to a place to hang from, instead do prone cobras for 10-30 seconds* You’re halfway there! Lateral bounds, 10 reps to each side, are next, followed by push-ups. Here, the reps will vary on your fitness and comfort level: Don recommends 5-20 reps, but warns that you should always stop with 3-5 reps in reserve. Finish off with side-planks for 30-60 seconds on each side. Again, awareness of your own limits is important, Don cautions: “once you feel fatigue and get shaky, stop!”
Metabolic or Cardio Option –
Shuttle runs and hill sprints are both great choices! “You can rotate these if you have access to spaces for both, or stick with just one. This is a program I run with almost anyone,” Don states. The first option is as follows: For shuttle runs, pace off 25 yards while setting a starting and finishing point, which will equal 1 lap of 25 yards. Do 10 laps, back and forth, and record your time. This is NOT a sprint, but a fast-paced run. Depending on your fitness level, try to complete 3-5 total shuttles, which would add up to a total of 30-50 laps.
The second option is for hill sprints: again, measure off 1 lap of 25 yards. Sprint 1 lap, then walk back down and wait until you’re fully recovered. Repeat 4 times to equal 5 laps. Don adds, “If you’re not used to sprinting, then please go at 75%.”
Don’s advice for those who are unfamiliar with working out in the great outdoors? “You will find that in a short period of time, your body will feel loose and athletic. A body that moves better will look and feel better. Go at 75%-intensity for the first few sessions so that you can adapt, and always remember to wear your sunblock!” You don’t have to tell us twice… We’ll see you out there! And if this gets you in the habit, you can check out more of Don’s programs at www.driveclubs.com. Benefit from his expertise just like the celebrities and athletes do! We know we will…
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