Posts Tagged "plank"

Saghi: Focus on Form

Saghi: Focus on Form

“Core, core, core, think core, Saghi!” I must have heard this every single session I have had with Jess this past week. We’re working on my balance and building a stronger core. You must be wondering how we’re doing this – how does doing a plank on a bosu and stability ball sound? It sounded absurd to me, and thought Jess had lost her mind in wanting me to do this. The first time was difficult, I felt discouraged as I wobbled continuously. But it got a little better each time after that. Jess always says that it gets easier after the first set, and she’s right. It really does. She kicked my ass on Wednesday night. Resting in between...

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New Video: Hopping Plank

New Video: Hopping Plank

Bet you’ve never done a hopping plank before! Tried this out in the gym today, and it was an awesome full body and mostly CORE workout! Try it out yourself, but make sure you don’t have any lower back issues before you attempt it. You must already be able to hold a regular plank for at least 60 seconds, and no swooping in the low back.

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NEW VIDEO: 2 Plank Progressions

The plank is a fantastic exercise involving the whole core, and training the muscles in a isometric contraction (one that involves being held in its contractions, rather than repeated contractions through movement). Sometimes, however, we can get bored of doing it over and over again! So, add these progressions to your plank to help recruit more of the obliques, and to further cinch in your waistline! ;)

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NEW VIDEO: The Ultimate Plank for Core

This is a favourite! This core exercise is so effective because it teaches your abdominals and your lower back to stabilize, to build inward, and to keep the whole abdominal anatomy engaged from start to finish. Watch, and try it! It is an advanced move, so if you are inexperienced with the BOSU, be sure you can do a plank on the ball for 40 seconds or longer.

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For A Lower Ab Burn…

For A Lower Ab Burn…

…Bend your knees in a plank! First we’ll go over proper plank form again: Essentially, you are holding yourself up with your toes and your elbows (or hands).  But it’s really your core holding all of your weight tightly.  Your elbows  (or hands) are right underneath your shoulders (not in front or behind),  and your toes are hip width apart or slightly narrower. When on elbows, keep your hands separated, and palms faced up – so that all tension or weight being held is in your abdominals and not being lost in the hands as they depend on one another. As you exhale, close your ribcage toward your hipbone, and press your bellybutton up to your...

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