Categorized as: Core

Power Plank Series

The plank is well-known for its challenge to the core and stabilizing muscles. One of the great benefits of developing these muscles is that they support rest of the body. This power series will help you develop a super solid core. Be yer best!

Fast & Fun Fitness: Troybuilt Push-Ups

Troybuilt Push-ups

Starting Position
■  Push up position with your legs straight behind you and your hands directly beneath your shoulders

Procedure
■  At the top of the push up, lift one arm to the ceiling as you rotate your torso in the same direction
■  Allow your feet to roll to the sides and look at your raised hand
■  At the top of the move, you should be facing sideways and your body should resemble the letter T
■  Return to the starting position and repeat the opposite side

Coaching Keys
■  Keep your body in a straight line from ears to ankles, staying tight through your core.

You Should Feel It
■  Working you chest, shoulders and abs.

Fast & Fun Fitness: Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers are an advanced, high intensity exercise that will get your heart rate up and add intensity to your workouts. Mountain climbers are great for the lower belly and help to firm the thighs. This move will also build leg endurance and help you work on agility as well, making it a great overall exercise. If you’ve never tried this move, take your time and ease into it with slow reps. If you feel discomfort or pain, avoid this exercise.

  1. Begin in a pushup position on the hands and toes.
  2. Bring the right knee in towards the chest, resting the foot on the floor.
  3. Jump up and switch feet in the air, bringing the left foot in and the right foot back.
  4. Continue alternating the feet as fast as you safely can for 30-60 seconds.
  5. Add this move at the end of your regular cardio workout for an added boost, or do it a few times during your workout whenever you want to add intensity or mix things up.
  6. To modify, rest your hands on a step, platform or BOSU Balance Trainer (dome side down).
  7. To add spinal rotation, perform movement as before but bringing each knee toward the opposite elbow.

Medicine Ball Core Workout Video

Medicine balls are a great way to exercise any area of your body, whether upper, lower, or core. There are different sized that you can use for numerous different exercises. Medicine ball training is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and sizes. There are many advantages to training with medicine balls. They allow for improved range of motion, core strength, coordination, flexibility, joint integrity, and upper and lower body strength.Improving core strength should be a goal for everyone. Movement and stability begin with the core abdominals, lower back, hips and spine. The core is the bodys center of power. Using a medicine ball to train the core is perfect because you can perform so many functional movements similar to those that you do in everyday life. Instead of isolating certain muscle groups, you are able to train many different core muscles at once with the medicine ball. Complete 3 sets of each exercise in this short video for a great core workout in less than 30 minutes.