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 three times a week. Some moves (like this month’s tai chi twist) you could do every day.
Tai Chi Twist
Single Leg Deadlift
This month we focus on legs!
I suggest you hold a weight in each hand for single leg deadlift. This also works well with a band under your back foot, making this a “closed chain” exercise. Can you go through one minute of each of these right now?
These photos are meant to jog your memory about the exercises we have done together. 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.
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Last month we worked single sided movements. This moth we cover a lot! Standing balance, back strength and stabilization and a really difficult Pilates move that requires core strength, hamstring flexibility and control. Can you do these with me right now? If you have gear at home gather a mat, a yoga block, a towel or small pillow to pad your knees, and weights (5, 8 or 10 lb.).
The September Five
Squat/ side kick
It’s hard to see what my leg is doing so here’s another view…
I’ve been setting up against the wall for this back extension. The wall keeps me from pressing my hips too far forward. Hard to tell what I;m doing, so check out the next photo below…
Oh boy, this one is a difficult, complicated move that requires strength, flexibility and control. Please do not attempt this if you have not already done it with me in a class or a training session. I’m showing bent knees, but you can also do it with straight legs.
Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She offers these exercises as a reminder of what you have done with her in a private training session or a class. Please see your medical professional prior to starting a new exercise program.