Are you one of the many folks who are intimidated when learning new exercise routines? From scary squats, witchy weight-lifts, to pump-kin pushups, you’re already worrying about looking like an uncoordinated monster. Well, put your fears aside. Here are 3 not-so-spooky exercises that will deliver nothing but treats for your overall fitness.

The Full Moon Rises

Perform these straight leg raises with a stability ball for added resistance.

  • Start with both legs vertical and abs in and arms resting flat on the floor by your sides
  • Slowly lower your legs as low as you can while not allowing your lower back to lose contact with the floor
  • Raise your legs back up, keeping your bellybutton in tight
  • Repeat


Spooktacular Abs

Try this two-in-one abs and obliques move for spooktacular abs without all the scary crunching.

  • Sit so your thighs and upper torso form a V shape with lower legs raised and lifted
  • Hold a 5 pound medicine ball or dumbbell between both hands
  • Swivel left to right and back, bringing ball across your body while maintaining the V shape
  • Do 3 sets of 15 reps 3-4 times a week

The Transylvania Treadmill

Okay, we’ve all seen the funny videos of folks flying off the treadmill, but you know that is nearly always the result of operator error. Try this simple workout and take the terror out of the treadmill.

  • Slow, warm up pace for 5 minutes
  • Increase to an easy pace
  • Continue to increase speed 0.1 mph every 1/10 mile
  • At 1 mile, increase incline 1% every 1/10 mile for ½ mile
  • Recover by decreasing to easy pace and 0% incline
  • Repeat sequence for total of 4 miles

Don’t be frightened to try something new in your workouts. We’ve all done something goofy-looking at the gym. If you attempt a new routine and it gets a laugh from somebody, laugh right along with them and then ask for a personal demonstration of proper form. The main thing to keep in mind is that you’re working toward a healthier, more fit lifestyle. You’re not auditioning for someone’s fitness video. And of course, the Onslow Fitness team is always available to you for guidance on exercise techniques and the proper use of exercise equipment.