Workout Wednesday - With a Twist

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email
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Equipment needed: Two Light Dumbbells

Certified Personal Trainer Matthew Creech says a little twisting motion in your workout produces the greatest benefits in developing core strength. In this particular exercise, you will integrate twisting in a squat, and then punch at the top. First of all, stand with both weights in hand, and have your feet slightly farther than shoulder width apart. Lift your left weight up close to your collarbone and keep your elbow at a 90 degree angle compared to your torso. (In other words, keep it high. Your arm is “coiled” at this point.) Then squat deeply, and take your right hand and touch the weight to the floor just outside your left foot. Then come back up quickly and punch out with the left hand, and return to the “coiled” position. Repeat this for 10-20 reps. Then do the same for the other side of the body. You should do 3-4 sets of this.

SQUAT TWISTn’ PUNCH variation 1

Do the exercise as stated above but in this case kick when you punch as well.

SQUAT TWISTn’ PUNCH variation 2

Do the exercise as stated above but punch, and follow your punch with a kick from one leg, then a kick from the other.

Matthew Creech is a private Certified Personal Trainer and trains in-home. To contact him, call 719-375-9470.

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