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3 Yoga Strength Workout Moves For A Strong Core
- September 3, 2020
- Posted by: Amanda McCarroll
- Category: flowlift news
A strong core is important for many reasons. The core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any direction as well as having proper balance. A strong core is a key player in improving and maintaining good posture. It also supports the spine and prevents back pain. By now most people know that a healthy center is not about having six pack abs. The actual “core” is comprised of several different muscles. The old way of ensuring a strong belly was to do a million crunches. But this approach is out-dated and not nearly as effective as a yoga strength workout such as FlowLIFT. A full body routine utilizing all the core muscles to work synergistically together is the most ideal way to develop a strong and healthy core.
Our Yoga Strength Workout Creates A Healthy and Strong Core
The best core exercises work more than your core. It’s possible to strengthen your abs, obliques, lower back and other core muscles while simultaneously developing full-body strength, stability and endurance. Every move in the FlowLIFT class is full body. In order to execute these movements, all of the core muscles simultaneously fire in conjunction with one another. That way you aren’t focusing on one muscle group at a time. Engage the legs, hips, back and abdominal muscles to develop strength in all the key core muscles at once. The moves are all functional so the strength you create will improve everything that you do, from walking to your favorite activities. Remember to do some gentle stretches after you FlowLIFT so that you balance all this strength with flexibility.
The Blade Runner asks a lot of the body, and it’s worth it. The act of stepping up from an all fours kick to a one-legged standing balance requires not just core strength but balance and coordination as well. The more you practice this move, the smoother it will become. At first you might feel sloppy but as your core gets used to the flow of the move, it will rise to the occasion.
Reverse Table Taps
This is a great sit up alternative. The simple act of lifting yourself off the ground in a crab position is difficult and effective. Throw in the alternate hand to foot taps and you’ve got a full blown muscle party going on in the entire system. We like to throw these in at the end of class in the abs/cooldown section. Just when you think it’s time to relax we give you one more full body move to leave you feeling fully worked in the best way.
One of the best things you can try to maintain throughout your life, even into old age, is the ability to sweep the leg forward underneath the body from a lunge position to a seated or hovering position. If you can’t do this at first, don’t be discouraged. It requires an enormous amount of strength and flexibility. However if you keep practicing, eventually you will get it. Remember to engage the muscles, glutes and abs so that you aren’t just leaning into the hand and wrist. Mastering the “sweep through” is worth the time and effort!