What is a knee under with downward dog

What is a...

Name of exercise

Knee under with downward dog

What's it for?

Strengthens the core and also stretches the upper back/shoulders.

Top tips

  • Starting in a strong pressup position with your belly tight and bum tucked.
  • Draw one knee u p and under your body to touch the elbow/forearm of the opposite arm.
  • Return the foot to the floor then (keeping knees and elbows straight) push the bum high up and back, while keeping your hands firm on the floor.

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What is a hamstring march

What is a...

Name of exercise

Hamstring march

What's it for?

Strengthening hamstrings (backs of thighs).

Top tips

  • Lay on your back with your heels up on a solid platform such as a bed, chair, bench etc.
  • Keeping your belly braced tight, push the heels down to lift the bum up off the floor.
  • Lift one heel up off the platform and start "marching". Keeping the body solid and stable. Don't let your body roll or sag.
  • March quietly, avoid slamming your heels back into the surface.

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What is a drop squat

What is a...

Name of exercise

Drop squat

What's it for?

Strengthening legs.

Top tips

  • Start and end in an upright standing position.
  • Jump up slightly, widen your stance to approx shoulder width apart and land softly into a strong squat.
    • Sit the bum back and down.
    • Keep the feet and back flat.
  • Jump back up into a standing position with your feet approx hip width apart.

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What is a crawl

What is a...

Name of exercise

Crawl

What's it for?

Strengthening the core and stabilising the shoulders.

Top tips

  • Start on your hands and toes in a string pressup position.
  • Keep your belly up and bum tucked, don't let your belly collapse.
  • Crawl forwards and then backwards at a comfortable pace.
  • Goal is to keep your belly up and bum tucked.

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What is a bowler squat

What is a...

Name of exercise

Bowler squat

What's it for?

Strengthening glutes and stabilising the hips.

Top tips

  • Balance on one leg (stand close to a wall if needed).
  • Hinge forwards at the hip and reach the opposite hand down to the foot on the floor.
  • Try to keep your back as flat as possible throughout.
  • Stand back up tall again and raise your knee high.
  • The goal is to get as much movement from the hip of the stabilising leg as possible.

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What is a band hip abduction

What is a...

Name of exercise

Band hip abduction

What's it for?

Strengthening glutes.

Top tips

  • Loop the resistance band around your legs, just below the knees.
  • Keep your feet about shoulder width apart and try to keep them flat.
  • Under control, push the knees apart and stretch the band.

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What is a band bicep curl

What is a...

Name of exercise

Band bicep curl

What's it for?

Strengthening your biceps/arms.

Top tips

  • Stand securely on the resistance band. Don't let it ping up into your face!
  • Hold the band with your palms facing up.
  • Bend your elbows until they are fully bent before returning under control to your thighs.

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What is a back and forth lunge

What is a...

Name of exercise

Back and forth lunge

What's it for?

Legs and glutes.

Top tips

  • Keeping one foot still on the floor, stride back and forth with the other leg into a forward and then reverse lunge.
  • Make sure the lunges are long and low.

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What is a crab walk

What is a...

Name of exercise

Crab walks

What's it for?

Good for your core and helps you stabilise your shoulder and hips joints.

Top tips

  • Keep a strong pressup positions.
  • Keep your belly up and bum tucked.
  • Walk your arms and legs sideways, both left and right.
  • Minimise sagging of the belly and rolling of the hips.

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What is an abdominal crunch

What is a...

Name of exercise

Abdominal crunch

What's it for?

Works your belly/abs/core.

Top tips

  • Curl your shoulders up off the floor.
  • Press your lower back firm into the floor.
  • Easier version - hands on your thighs.
  • Medium version - hands across your chest.
  • Harder version - Hands behind your head.

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