Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Core exercises. I can't think of a stunt that doesn't require core because it is the basis for stabilizing them. Its also very vital for gymnastics when you have to bring certain parts of your body over your head. 

  • Abs workout:

Thought this was a rather interesting abs workout, rather than the usual legs-in-the-air exercises, this one makes you use them on the ground. Modified from the usual planking, it helps train your upper body locking, as well as using your arms(which should be strong now if you did the exercises in the previous post!).

  • Bicycle Crunch:

Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground and contract your core muscles.
With your hands gently holding your head, lift your knees to about a 45-degree angle.
Slowly, at first, go through a bicycle pedal motion.
Alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knees as you twist back and forth.
Breathe evenly throughout the exercise.
Try to do 3 sets of 20.

Remember, speed is not the goal here – try to focus on your form and, most importantly, don’t forget to breathe.