I am ALWAYS looking for ways to maximize any exercise that I personally choose to do, or subject my clients to doing. My ears perked up when I heard a Canadian presenter recently announce that the active workshop topic was about exactly that: maximizing.
He promised that if for instance we could do a two or three minute plank comfortably, he would have us begging to stop after ten seconds. (He was right!) Additionally, his premise was that all exercises start with a good plank, and you go from there. We will cover the good plank details in a future blog, but there were two other tips that he offered up about two classic standing moves I had not thought of.
Maybe you’ve tried them, maybe you haven’t!
In experimenting on my sweet clients this week, almost all were able to adopt and apply the very simple instructions pretty quickly, and feel the results just as quickly. In fact, today one of my clients said that she could not sit comfortably as a result of these tricks we tried on her just once two days prior. She said, “I imagine you consider this an advantage for two reasons: I can’t sit -which you don’t want me to to do anyway-, and that the muscles you were targeting you hit in a big way!”
Right on! 🙂
If you have difficulty, consider that most likely your outside quads are probably tight and could use some rolling before you attempt the “tricks” again.
Enjoy the quick two minute video! Let me know how these simple techniques work for you in the comments below. Add a little intention and get big results!