Exercise Ball Obliques Exercise

While I was warming up on the stationary bike today, I saw a guy running on the treadmill in front of me.  I’m pretty sure that my running form is far from perfect.  I’m also pretty sure that I don’t look near as bad is this guy did, so I’ll go ahead and make fun of him.  He was running on a very steep incline.  He held his arms high up near his chest and very close together.  When he landed on his right foot, his right shoulder dipped about 6 inches down, but when he landed on his left foot, his left shoulder didn’t really dip at all. 

Now, there have certainly been great runners who’ve had less than optimal form.  In general, however, when your whole body is gyrating while you run, you’re wasting some energy.  I don’t know about you, but I need pretty much all I can get.  With that in mind, I’ve been trying to pay attention to my core strength a little bit more.  I’ve added the plank to my repertoire of stength exercises, and today, I tried the exercise protrayed in the following video as well.

What’s it called? Why the “lift and twist” of course. That’s because this exercise involves lifting the torso and twisting it. Score one more for the oh-so-original exercise namer people. If you’d like, you can call it the “Texas tornado”. Don’t expect anyone to know what the hell you’re talking about, though. That’s not me in the video by the way.

Today’s workout was a strength training workout:

Actual workout
10 minutes warmup on stationary bike

2 sets single leg deadlift

2 sets single leg extensions

2 sets elastic band leg abductor

2 sets leg adductor machine

1 set toe raises

2 sets pec fly machine

2 sets lat pulldown

2 sets shrugs

2 sets tricep machine

2 sets inclined dumbell curls

1 set lift and twist

1 60 sec plank

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