Workout Wednesday - Work Your Core and More

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

Three quick exercises to get you moving and ready for summer activities.

These exercises have been chosen to specifically improve core strength by toning many large muscle groups at once – legs, back and chest – with minimal equipment.

Perform three sets of each exercise with 12 – 15 repetitions.

Lunge with rotation and a medicine ball or weight
Start with a large step to the front. Hold a ball or weight out in front of you. Rotate toward the front leg. Let your gaze follow the ball to get the full rotation. Stand up and repeat with the other leg.

Fitball Exercises
#1
Begin by sitting tall on the Fitball. The Fitball immediately engages more core muscles to stabilize the body. Slowly roll out, vertebra by vertebra, till head, neck and shoulders are supported on the ball and hips are nice and high. Raise the weights to make a 90 degree angle with your arms. Push directly over your head, pause, and slowly come back down.

#2
Begin by sitting tall on the Fitball. The Fitball immediately engages more core muscles to stabilize the body. Slowly roll out, vertebra by vertebra, till head, neck and shoulders are supported on the ball and hips are nice and high. Lift a weight directly above you. Reach and stretch your back as you move the weight above your head. Squeeze your shoulder blades as you bring the weight back over your ribcage.


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