11-13-2012

How To: Reverse Crunch

The reverse crunch is my second favorite core exercise after plank. It works everything: upper and lower abs, core, lower back and some hip flexors if yours are on the weaker side.

Here’s a how to video I made for the reverse crunch. Try to keep your back pressed into the floor on the down part, and don’t use momentum to lift up! I apologize for the black borders, I filmed on my iPhone and forgot to tell my mom to switch to horizontal view.

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10-01-2012

The beginning of my “How To” series

After uploading a workout routine last week, I decided that, along with making longer workout videos, I would make short clips to show correct form on basic exercises. I know that exercising at the gym can be daunting, especially if you feel like you don’t know what to do. I want to help!

So, I made a “How To: Split Squat” and “How To: Plank” video.

Split squats are GREAT lower body exercises that really work the quads and glutes. Trust me, you’ll feel it. It’s also a really good exercise for beginners and those with knee problems. It’s stationary, as opposed to a moving lunge, therefore there isn’t a lot of stress on the knee. Remember, just go down as low as YOU can go, do not force yourself. Over time, you will be able to get close to the ground.

Also, planks are one of my favorite core exercises. The key here is to keep your body in a straight line. I like to balance a foam roller on myself before I start, just to make sure my head, back and hips are all inline. Flex your core to make sure you are holding yourself up with your core and not your hip flexors.

Let me know if you try the routine I posted previously, or either of these exercises! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Good luck and have fun!