Friday, August 13, 2010
FASTFIT MOVE OF THE WEEK: GET DOWN, GET UP!
Begin with Level 1 using a bench or flat surface. Place your ankles directly under the knees and sit up curling the shoulders up first and then the lower back. Maintain an engaged core throughout the move.
Use a BOSU ball at a gym for Level 2. Stand about a foot in front of the ball, and squat down making sure that you sit on the slope of the ball. When lean back to perform the situp part your lower back should be supported on the crown of the ball. If you feel a 'falling backwards'or that your off balance slide further down the slope of the ball to ensure you have enough back support. It's also important to keep the hips pulled back as you begin to stand so that your knees do not come out past your ankles. This part is not only great lower body and core work but can make for an excellent cardiovascular exercise.
Level 3 requires the use of a partner to help keep your feet in place. This is a really advanced move and should only be attempted after mastering the first 2 levels. A high level of leg & core strength and range of motion in the hips is necessary for this one. If your unable to perform it successfully drop down a level and continue to improve your lower body power and flexibility.
Always consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.
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