Sunday, December 19, 2010

On the sixth day of Christmas....

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Side Plank with a Twist!

Why it rocks:
 Well I love any exercises that has a twist added to them, anytime you twist the torso you will be working your obliques and toning the sides of your torso. These help to burn fat from your midsection and strengthen your core muscles,it also opens up chest muscles.

How to do it:

Lie on right side with elbow on floor under shoulder, hips stacked.
Push hips up, forming straight line from head to heels; extend left  arm above shoulder.
Bring left arm under body, rotating upper body to the right.

Hold for 1 count; return to start.
Do 6 to 10 reps; switch sides and repeat.

Three tips that might help:
1. Keep your body weight balanced and focus on working your core muscles (abs, back and hips), rather than your legs and arms.
2. Keep breathing throughout. Take steady breaths, never hold your breath. 
3. The secret to getting the most out of this exercise is pulling your belly button towards your spine.

Cameron Ashleigh

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