Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. Kids are wrapping up classes and summer vacations are in the works. We have beach trips, pool parties, barbecues and water park adventures among many others.
Because our midsections are going to see the sunlight at some point, our abdominals are definitely on our To-Do list.
Our move today is a seated twist with an elevated leg. This exercise is working your whole middle: upper, lower, and obliques.
All you need is a flat surface.
Begin this move by having a seat on the floor, extending both legs in front of you with your knees soft, heels on the ground, and your upper body leaning back slightly.
Keeping your chest tall, tuck your arms into your chest, and engage your core. You are in position to start your twist.
Proceed to twist your midsection in a diagonal motion, pushing your left shoulder in a right angle. And at the same time, lift your right leg a few inches off the ground. Once you reach your fullest contraction, reverse the move back to your starting position. Then quickly repeat with your right shoulder and left leg.
Continue this alternating twist for as many repetitions as you can complete equally on both sides. Shooting for at least 10 per set, give yourself at least three sets of this twist.
As you fatigue, you can keep both feet on the floor, but continue the twisting motion. By lifting the leg, it is simply intensifying the move, and engaging the lower abdominals.
As always, this move is great on its own if you only have a few minutes to dedicate; but even better when added into your abdominal routine.
Here’s to an enjoyable summer!
Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org