with Vansant brothers
At work and at play
Cameron and Landon Vansant, of Leesburg, were inspired by their father, Kendall, a personal trainer and bodybuilder.
“My interest (in fitness) began when I saw my dad training,” Cameron says. “When I was a young boy, I saw the Arnold Schwarzenegger magazines and I’d see the bodybuilders and I wanted to look like those guys.”
Cameron, 19, has competed in one bodybuilding event and is training for more. Landon, 13, participates in several sports at Tavares Middle School and hopes to play professional football. They credit the Lord and their parents for their development.
Training has been a blessing.
“I really love it,” Cameron says. “It’s really changed my life for the better.”
3 sets of 10 on each leg
- Stand with legs hip-width apart and back straight and a dumbbell in each hand. Make sure palms are facing your sides.
- Take a big step forward keeping upper body straight. Then, bend knee no further than a 90-degree angle.
- Step back to original position and repeat on other side.
SIDE OBLIQUE CRUNCHES
3 sets of 20 reps for each side
- While keeping fingertips on the back of your head, roll your knees to one side.
- Bring one side up as shown and focus on feeling the side of abs tighten.
- Repeat on other side.
3 sets of 10
- Lie on the floor or a mat on your back with knees bent.
- Grasp with both hands a lightweight dumbbell and move it above your head.
- Crunch forward and upward, then return to starting position.
3 sets of 10
- Stand with legs hip-width apart.
- Put dumbbells in hand – more angled toward the front of thighs as shown. Knees should be slightly bent.
- Bend over, allowing the dumbbells to follow down close but not touching the front of the legs.
- Stop when you feel a comfortable stretch along the back of your leg.
- Return to start position. Knees slightly bent.
TIPS: Move slowly and controlled so as not to jerk the lower back. Keep abs tightened as if preparing to be punched in the gut to further tighten core and prevent injuries.