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'Hunger Games'-inspired fitness

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games.” Photo Credit: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games.”

In case you haven't heard, the much-awaited big-screen version of "The Hunger Games" hits theaters in less than a month. T`he bestselling books by Suzanne Collins feature a futuristic world where children are pitted against one another in a battle for survival, and they're filled with run-for-your-life athletic strength and agility moves.

Lisa Wheeler, fitness program director of has identified four "Hunger Games"-inspired moves to take to the gym or try at home.


Single-arm row with rotation
Equipment: Resistance band

A single-arm row simulates the upper-body action in archery by drawing one elbow back and slightly rotating the torso.

Try it: Hook tubing around a stable pole or doorjamb and place both handles in your right hand. Step back until the tubing has tension. Lift your right foot and balance on your left, then begin to pull the tubing back, right hand moving towards right hip. Add a slight rotation to the right, opening up the shoulder.


Abs and core

Bear squat
Equipment: None, just your body weight

The bear squat combines a full plank, which is fantastic for the core, and an explosive leg press.

Try it: Begin in plank position, then bend your knees and send your hips back over your heels, keeping the knees off the floor (spine is flexed and arms are extended). With a powerful push from your legs, extend your back out to plank and hold.


Leg strength

Curtsy squat side lunge
Equipment: Dumbbells

To develop strong legs that are functional, you must train them in all directions.

Try it: Holding heavy dumbbells in each hand, begin with feet together. Step out to the side with your right leg, keeping your left leg straight. Hinge forward slightly but keep chest lifted with the dumbbells on either side of your right leg. Push off your right foot and immediately step back and cross behind the left leg, bending both knees into a curtsy squat. 


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