You’ve done the Plank and master it, and now looking for a way to make it harder and more interesting. Try the Plank with One Arm Row. This exercise will work your total core, and upper back.
Start in the plank position with hands on the ground, holding onto a set of free weights. Ensure that your abs are pulled in and firmed; head, neck and spine are in line. Without moving your body (as much as possible), lift one weight up towards the side of the body brushing the elbows close to your side. Bring the weight down towards the ground but do not allow them to rest completely on the ground. Repeat.
Do about 12 – 15 reps with one arm then switch to the other side. Make sure to watch your form. Do not allow your hips to drop down, forming a slight arch in your back.
Add this exercise to your abdominal routine and let me know how you do. Enjoy!!
You’re looking for something fun and interesting to do, that will keep you active and in shape. You don’t necessarily want to hit the weight room, in fact, it’s not really your thing or you just want to take a break from it for a while. So, what are your options?
One option can be joining a local dance class in your area. You may not know the science or technical language behind every move but one thing’s for sure, you will be active, having fun and staying fit. Look for a dance class that speaks to you, and that you will find enjoyable.
Salsa dancing is a fabulous alternative. Participating in a Salsa class is a great way to meet new people and socialize. We sometimes end up in the weight room or on the cardio machines by ourselves during a workout, but with Salsa you will always have a partner or group of people to mingle with. Salsa is an exciting, sexy and extremely enjoyable way to increase your social circle.
Salsa is a Latin dance form with Cuban Son and Afro-Cuban decent (especially the ramba). The sound and upbeat lure of salsa music is famous for getting people energized and moving. Salsa music is known to get people up, onto their feet and moving regardless of background, color or ability. Salsa is a celebration of life and you don’t have to be of Latin American or Cuban lineage to enjoy the swing of the instrumentals that will eventually make its way to your hips.
Taking part in a Salsa class also comes with added benefits: increased flexibility, an increased sense of well being, an increase in your level of confidence, an increase in strength, an increase in cardiovascular endurance and an increase in core strength and awareness.
So don’t hesitate, try a little Salsa today.
If you live in the Toronto/Pickering area, our friends at The Love of Salsa provide a great atmosphere for you to learn, experience and enjoy the vibrancy of this dance form. Visit them at 677 Marksbury Rd, Pickering, Ontario, and click the link to check out their website at www.loveofsalsa.com for more information about their class times and packages.
In the mean time, enjoy the video below. Just a taste of what is to come in your Salsa class. The music will get you moving whether you like it or not, so get the full experience and join a class today.
A new variation to the everyday push up exercise. Alternating push ups will not only add variety to you existing routine but challenge your body a little further.
Get down on the floor, with your hands and toes in a push up position. With a step on the left side of your body, contract your abs, place your left hand on the step as your right hand remains on the ground. Lower your body in a push up, going as low as you can without breaking form. Push back to the start position and repeat. After 10 reps change sides (walking your hands over the step and onto the ground on the other side) and repeat on the other side. Keep repeating this exercise for 2 minutes.
Note: If you need to intensify, change hands after each rep. If you can’t manage a full push up yet try doing the whole thing on your knees and build up to a full push up version.
In this section, you will find a collection of various exercises as well as tips and information on proper form.