Monday, August 13, 2012

More Functional Exercise!

Knee lift with side raise

Functionality: This exercise improves your core strength and balance, while also shaping and strengthening your shoulders.
Exercise: Stand tall with a small weight (2-5#) in each hand, arms to your sides. Lift your right knee until it reaches hip level while simultaneously lifting your arms straight out to the side to form a T at your shoulders. Hold at the top with the knee lifted and shoulders in the T for 2 seconds.  Make sure your belly button is pulled back towards your spine, bracing your abs, then lower to start position. Repeat 10 to 15 times for each leg. Feel free to increase the weight of the dumbbells as you get stronger.  Please remember, form is important, but even more important is to keep MOVING!

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