5 of MY BEST Basic, Functional, Get-in-Shape Exercises

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5 of MY BEST Basic, Functional, Get-in-Shape Exercises

These can be done just about anywhere, anytime, with no equipment…and with 3 different levels of difficulty, by just about anyone. Bird Dogs: This has many different names, but whatever you want to call them, there should be minimal trunk movement, the spine straight & level. Easy:   start out just 1 leg, then 1 arm at a time Moderate:   do opposite leg & arm at the Continue Reading

Bonus! Three More Core Exercises to Enhance Your Plank

All month long, we’ve been discussing the mighty Plank exercise – why it rocks, how to do it, and how to do it really well. But your core is more than just your midsection – strong, stable hips & glutes are essential to any good core program. Below are some of our favorite exercises to Continue Reading

The Power of Planking – Mixing it Up

It’s Plank Month at Asheville Family Fitness! So far, we’ve taught you how to plank, why to plank, and how to incorporate them into a daily routine so you can start seeing results. Now it’s time to ramp things up with some challenging variations on the static plank. To be clear, a plank is a Continue Reading

The Power of Planking – How to Do It Every Day

Now that you know why and how to properly execute your planks, let’s work on getting them into your routine on the regular. This is THE biggest challenge with any new habit – making it stick. Here’s a quick, foolproof guide to get you started. Plank in the morning. You literally only need ONE MINUTE. Continue Reading

The Power of Planking – Part II

Last week, we talked about the importance of the Mighty Plank. Today, it’s all about technique. A lot goes on within this seemingly simple core exercise (as you know, if you’ve suffered through any of Sam’s recent classes). A good plank requires upper AND lower body stability, proper core engagement, and correct spinal alignment.   Continue Reading