'Around The World' Exercises Are Way More Effective—Here's How To Do Them
J. Eastman Yargio
Nov. 29, 2019
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Youll also improve your range of motion and better prime your body for everyday demands (lifting a suitcase, catching yourself mid-slip) since youre branching out of that typical front-to-back plane, says personal trainer Lauren Kanski, CPT.
For example, start in a high plank, then move into a side plank (by picking up one arm and leg at a time) to rotate your body left, then right. Or move through a lunge series: Step one leg forward (forward lunge), then out to the side (lateral lunge), then behind you (backward lunge); repeat on the other leg.
Also try it with jump squats: Explode into the air facing forward and land in a squat, then pivot your body to the right as you jump again, landing to the right. (Imagine a clock: Start at 12, then rotate to 3, 6, 9, and end back again at 12.) Focus on engaging your core and breathing. Thats where you get most of your power and coordination, says Kanski. And go slow: The point is to use your strength, not momentum.
This article originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of Women's Health.
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