Welcome back! This week, we’ve posted an exercise with a similar intent as last week’s “Running Man.” Although this looks very easy, it’s deceptively hard when done correctly. The keys to this exercise being effective are: 1) Not letting the hips roll backward as you raise the leg (if you feel like you could do 100 of these with no problem, you’re probably doing this). 2.) Make sure you have only a slight angle at the knees. 3.) Don’t let the feet separate as you raise the leg. 4.) Do the entire movement slowly, with a 1 count while raising the knee and a 3 count as you bring the knees gently together (don’t let the knees “crash” together and keep the muscle tensed throughout the whole movement). Have fun!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This challenging exercise works on glute strength in multiple planes, one legged balance, and body awareness at the same time. Here I am demonstrating only sagital plane motion (pure front and back), but this can be done with the toe touching in different directions. For example, straight back, back at a 45 degree angle, and straight to the side. This is fairly advanced and must be done with proper form to achieve the desired results. When performing this exercise, there should be very little knee bend, and you should feel it primarily in the upper outer portion of your glutes. A less challenging yet still effective exercise is the "Clam", which will be featured on our next post!