The April Five

About the Five: Each month I offer five exercises to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. Could you do these exercises for one minute each every day this week, and see if your strength and mobility improve?

  • Cat/Cow
  • Leg Pull (Back)
  • Warrior II
  • Side Raise
  • Rolling to Standing

This month we feature a fun mobility exercise – Rolling to Standing!

How easy is it for you to get up and down off the floor? While we can use a variety of markers to gauge our health (waist measurements, cardiovascular tests, and strength tests, for example) an often overlooked aspect of fitness and longevity is mobility. If you have trouble getting up off the floor, this move is for you!

Please use your best judgment as to how suitable these are for you right now. Want to learn how to safely work into Rolling to Standing? Click here to purchase a video tutorial of yours truly walking you through these moves.

Cat/ Cow
Leg Pull (Back)
yoga standing balance, leg strength
Warrior II
shoudler strength
Side Raise
mobility exercise, fall prevention, core strength
Rolling to Standing

 

These photos are meant to remind you of work we have done together. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.

If you’d like more detailed information on these exercises, click one of the links below:

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The March Five

About the Five: Each month I offer five exercises to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. My hope is that you will go through these on your own or with me at least three times a week.

  • Boat
  • Single Leg Kick
  • Pilates Push Up
  • Crescent Lunge
  • Half Moon

Please use your best judgment as to how suitable these are for you right now. Want to learn how to execute these moves safely? Click here to purchase a video tutorial of yours truly walking you through these moves.

Boat
Single Leg Kick
Pilates Push up
Crescent Lunge
Half Moon Pose

These photos are meant to remind you of work we have done together. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.

If you’d like more detailed information on these exercises, click one of the links below:

Join a class

Schedule a 1:1 with Anne

November Five Exercises for Core Strength, Back Strength and Hip Flexibility

The November Five are here! We started working on these exercises this week in our classes and personal training sessions.

Can you try one minute of each of these moves every day this week?

For a more detailed description of the moves click here. For an in person demo call Anne to set up a one on one session or join an ongoing class.

Half Roll Back/ Twist:

Anne half roll back 11.14

Leg Pull:

Anne leg pull 11.14

Digging Trenches:

Anne dig trench 2 11.14

Squat/ Side Kick:

Anne Side Kick

 

Eagle:

Alice Eagle front 10.14

 

Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers weekly classes, one one one training and movement + massage sessions.

Call her today to schedule your complimentary consultation. (503) 705-4762

Plank Rows For A Strong Core

I have been surprised by the amount of moans and groans (and occasionally cursing) I’ve been hearing when we do this move! I figured Burpies was going to be the exercise everyone loved to hate this month.

Plank Rows, one of the October five, are deceptively difficult if done correctly. Start with your knees down on the mat, as wide as the mat. Then move to straight knees and a more narrow stance as you get stronger.

Here is a perfect example of neutral spine, shoulders down away from ears, long neck, and level hips and shoulders.

 

Rick Plank Rows 1 edit October 2012

 

Rick Plank Rows 2 edit October 2012

 

These photos are meant to jog your memory of moves you and Anne have done together. Do not do any exercise that causes you pain. Questions? Contact Anne to schedule a one on one session or join an ongoing small group class. 

July Five Exercises 2015

1) Bird Dog:

Anne Bird Dog 6.10

2) Criss Cross:

Anne Criss Cross crop 6.10

3) Medicine Ball Push Up:

 

medicine ball push up step 2

4) Bear Crawl:

 

Bear Crawl 1 7.15

5) Pigeon:

 

pigeon2

The above photos tease this month’s five. For a full description of the moves and more photos click here. These are meant to jog your memory of exercises we have done together, please see your health care professional before beginning a new exercise program.