X-Plank (a Power Plank)
This is a more challenging variation of Plank to strengthen the deeper abdominals, chest, shoulders and arms (intended for those who can already hold a full minute Plank with good form.) From Plank, make sure to press through the shoulders, slight pelvic tilt to engage quads, glutes and abdominals. Step the feet wider apart. If you are sagging in the hips then lower knees, bring your feet back together, and work on your abdominal progressions. If your hips and core are stable, read on.
Slight pelvic tilt to keep quads and abs engaged (think "hollow body" ) Next, step the hands wider apart. Stabilize your shoulders, press your palms down ...press, press, press.....while energetically drawing them inward. Keep your scapula under control and breath.
Suggested progressions (not all in the same day) are as follows: Plank for one minute. Side plank for one minute (per side). Wide Leg Plank for one minute. Wide arm Plank for 45 seconds. X-Plank.
It's a new week and a fresh opportunity to move one step further towards your set goal(s). If you don't have any fitness goals, today is a good day to set some.
Push what you think are your limits! Challenge them! Annihilate them! Every.single.time! BE fearless. It's truly all in the mind. Truly! Spread your wings and take flight as the only thing truly stopping you is you. It's a message for you and a message for me. Begin to truly live and then watch yourself FLY.
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I was encouraged to lean into this weekend away from my kids rather than dread the quiet.
Embrace the time to myself to recharge, regroup and do the things I may deny myself throughout the week...
This is a challenging endeavour for me but I did my best this weekend to slow down the hustle and do me.
I ate good food, got a couple extra workouts in, sat on my deck and enjoyed the summer air, savoured a few glasses of wine, met up with friends, read, reflected and in general slowed everything down.
I had to redirect myself occasionally from lonely to mindful but I did experience moments of pure bliss that I occasionally miss when I’m moving so fast through life.
Thank for the encouragement and support to take some time for myself and enjoy the moment. @candacemckim_yoginisguide @charlarossetti
It’s almost July time is flying and I’m busting my bum off training daily to be the best I can be. No, I’m NOT perfect nor do I want to be. Why do I train? Because it makes me feel great. I leave the workout happier every time knowing that I worked hard to improve my health. First comes health, the interior wealth and next comes feeling good due to seeing improvements physically. Our bodies are so beautiful, they can do more than we think. The most beautiful thing is being able to get stronger. For me, it’s to be able to dance, to be able to stretch, to be able to walk. Being grateful for all those things.
While being hard on ourselves to improve is okay, the idea that we always have to change and fix and improve on every part of ourselves isn’t real. It feels real if you bring energy to it by obsessions over your “flaws”, constantly trying to change.
The truth is that you are lovable exactly the way you are in this moment. Just the way you are.
Making small improvements is totally fine as we all want to be the best we can be, but obsessing over little things has to be eliminated to make those improvements.
Be more you and less of what you think people want to see.