EOTW: Core+Hips (harder than it looks)

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They say necessity is the father (or mother) of invention and that was the case when I was in Nova Scotia a few weeks ago presenting at their Spring Sports Conference.  I was staying a nice Best Western that had a fairly decent sized workout area with dumbbells, a bench, some bikes and a multi-station trainer, but no cable column or anything like that.  Naturally, they are in the accommodation business, not the gym business.

So, I couldn’t do my regular workout, but I did some rear foot elevated split squats, plank position rows, incline single arm DB press, knees together glute bridges – – all with Seinfeld on the TV in the back ground.

When I got to my torso training option, I just didn’t feel like going for the obvious prone plank, instead I MacGyver’d (if you know what that means  you are probably over 40 like me) this core stabilization exercise that challenges that stability while working your hip through a circular mobility pattern a la the functional range conditioning stuff I have shared with you in the past.  This one will make a great addition to your repertoire of core exercises for hockey.

I shot it on my iPhone so it is not HD, but you will get the idea.


If you cannot see the video above, just click here
http://youtu.be/DNEkX83_PR8

Remember, your torso should not wiggle at all – if it does then you are not getting the stabilization benefits.  Keep your non-stabilizing knee as bent as possible throughout the exercise and start with three revolutions in each direction on each leg (build up to eight each way) – remember to go slowly.

Have an awesome day!
Cheers,

M

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