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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Life is unfair

But sometimes it's unfair in your favor.

I have again been the guest on the Diamond Hour with my friend Steve Barnes. This is the first cast of the show since Steve made his move from the West Coast to the East coast. As usual we had great fun talking about all manner of things. Check it out.

More for the Exercise Nerd in all of us

Two More Core  Exercises

The first I call "Double Poling". I use it to help keep in shape over the warm months for winter XC skiing. All you need are enough resistance bands to give you a challenge, and a hook at about shoulder level.

Here is my student Laura demonstrating  the exercise.

As you can see, the whole body works together, but the focus is on the core contraction, just as if you were propelling yourself forward on XC skis. There is also a serious cardio component to this one.

Here is a pretty good tutorial on actual double poling, so you can see how the two relate.

Today's second exercise, demonstrated by Joe, is called the "rope pull".

It is also done with resistance bands and a hook, but this one is designed to address the obliques and build strength, stability and endurance along the diagonal line of the torso.

This one also has a nice cardio component to it.

We usually do both of these exercises as Tabata sets, 20 seconds at fast speed, 10 second rest period for 8 rounds.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Exercise Nerd

A new hash-tag is born!

My friend Carey Rockland has coined a new hash-tag for the twitterverse, #ExerciseNerd. This allows those of us who get all geeked over tinkering with exercise to be able to easily aggregate our conversations on witty new ways to create happy muscle soreness.

In honer of this most momentous event, I would like to start introducing some of the exercises I use with my students to help them with their conditioning. I'm also planning on some do-it-yourself exercise posts in the near future that may be of interest.

So here is the first of what may be an ongoing series for your edification.

All that is required for this exercise is something to give you resistance like a thera-band or dyna-band, some way to anchor it, and a bit of room to move. (For more resistance you can use two or three bands at the same time).

The idea is to stand facing the anchor point holding an end of the band in each hand. You then swing out for a leg or hip throw motion, making sure to focus on good form, with careful attention to core activation throughout the throw. Your obliques will thank you.

Here is my student Adam demonstrating the exercise, which will do more to pass it on to you than reading about it. Enjoy!