4 Moves To Work Your Core
Personal trainer and fitness blogger for Love, Sweat, and Fitness, Katie Dunlop, brings a dynamic background of yoga, barre and boot camp to our FIIT Fridays series. Tune in for her key moves that will work your entire body at once! This week’s line-up includes Mountain Climbers, Boat Pose Twists, the Bird Dog Plank, and Thread the Needle. Let’s break that down for you:
Cross body Mountain Climbers:
Do the cross body mountain climber exercise as fast as you can to increase your heart rate. Do as many reps as you can in one minute.
A Mountain climber exercise is great for your lower abdominal muscles because your core has to work hard to keep you stable. It also targets your hamstrings and quads, as well as your gluteus. You will be working each of these muscles as you bring your knee to the opposite elbow.
Lie with your back on a mat, and extend your arms overhead and your legs in front of you with your feet together (A). In one movement, contract your abs, pull your legs up, and touch your toes (B). Exhale as you contract, and keep your feet together throughout the move. Release back down with control. That’s one rep. Immediately contract back up, and complete the recommended number of reps for each set
Bird Dog Plank:
From a plank position, prop yourself on your knees and hands and simultaneously stretch one leg and the opposite arm, maintaining both perfectly straight.
Thread the Needle:
Start by lowering your arms to the ground and raising one leg up. Bring the raised leg in towards your chest, and thread it through the center of your body. Do several reps until you switch sides. This fun workout will blast away your body fat!