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 three times a week.
Some moves (like this month’s bridge) you could do every day.
If you do The Five each month, over the course of the year you will have taken yourself through a well rounded strength program that includes upper body, lower body, back, core, standing balance, mobility and flexibility.
The February Five:
Side-Lying Leg Lift
Please use your best judgment as to how suitable these are for you right now.
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:
These photos are meant to remind you of moves we have done together. None of this should hurt. If you feel pain doing any of these, stop immediately, and modify your movements so that you are not in pain. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program. To see these in person, contact Anne to schedule a one on one session or join an ongoing class.
I was in Astoria last weekend and the weather was so nice we were able to do a photo shoot on the beach! Here are your April Five. For full written descriptions of these moves click here.
Could you do one minute of these exercises every day this week?
Leg Pull Back:
Double Leg Kick:
Rolling Like a Ball:
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers these photos to remind you of the work you have done with her. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.
Looking for some new moves this month? Fluid Movement & Massage offers five moves each month that incorporate yoga, Pilates, and strength work to help you increase your strength and flexibility. We suggest you do at least one minute of each of these every day.
The April Five
1) Leg Pull Back:
From seated, press up to a reverse plank with hands under your shoulders and fingers facing forward.
Exhale as you lift one leg; inhale as you lower your leg back to the ground. Switch sides.
Shoulder stretch, core strength, hip stabilization.
2) Double Leg Stretch:
On your tummy, hands behind your back.
Exhale as you kick both legs in, then inhale as you extend arms and legs and reach out through your chest.
Back extension, shoulder stretch.
3) Swan Dive:
Start from a plank with knees down.
Slowly roll down through your spine onto your pelvis, lower belly then lower ribs.
Press through your hands to come back up to a flat back position.
Keep abdominals turned on; think of getting longer instead of gripping with your glutes.
Strengthens spine extensors, arms, and tummy.
4) Crescent Lunge:
From standing, step your left foot back into a lunge with your left heel off the ground. Press into the ball of your back foot as you lift your inner thigh towards the ceiling. Right knee stays over your right ankle.
Lift arms up towards the ceiling and lift your chest to come into a small backbend.
Hold for one minute then switch sides.
Hip stretch, balance, leg and back strength.
Lying on your tummy. Grab your right foot with your right hand and pull your foot towards your hip.
Slowly start to lift your foot up to the ceiling. Hold here for five breaths then switch sides.
Quad/ hip flexor stretch.
Have questions about these? I will gladly take you through these exercises or answer any questions you have, just give me a call.