I have a strength section in the routine as of right now I am building my business and can’t buy equipment. I know of plenty of floor exercises for the core but I really don’t want to get on the floor during the class. I have mostly pretty fit people coming to my class right now so something that is able to be modified for less fit individuals but challenging for my fellow advanced pole fitness students would be great or even a free place to find videos that will help me find a few good exercises. Thanks!
There are so many ways to activate the core standing. I will give you one.
Standing with the arms straight out to the sides at just below (lower for shoulder issues) shoulder height. Trying to keep the legs and hips statioary, swing the arms about six inches, one to the front and one to the back. Then the arms switch swing direction and now the arms are moving about 12 inches total on each swing (6 in. to the front, then 12 inches back to achieve 6 in. swing past the body). Start with slow focused movements and the mind on keeping the abs/core tight. Progress speed slowly and emphasize control not speed.
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I also just wanted to add that some of Jessica Smith’s DVDs have given me some good ideas for standing core work. Cardio Abs is one, and Cross Training for Fitness is another. While they are cardio based, they both have a few good standing core and balance segments (body weight). You can find them on www.collagevideo.com or at your local library.
I teach cardio kickboxing, and the whole class is wonderful for the core! (You can always remind the class of this as they punching and kicking). Here are a few standing exercises:
1. Hands behind head, and alternate elbow to opposite knee. Alternate for desired reps and repeat on other side. Progression—Squat first with hands behind head, then as you come up, alternate elbow to knee. You should really feel the difference in your core with hands behind the head.
2. Hands behind the head while doing jumping jacks. Again, activates the core even more (cue class to contract abs) Progression, hands behind the head and get a little lower with bent knee jacks. This activates the core as well as hips.
3. Standing, and weight shifted to left side. Right elbow to right knee (right knee is slightly out to the side, not forward). Kind of like a standing side crunch. Repeat for desired reps and repeat on other side.
4. You could even do reverse lunges, and then take arms straight up over head and continue lunges. The core is activated more this way and participants should feel the difference.
Hope some of these suggestions help. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]
if you need any clarification on these.
Have fun–kickboxing is such a great workout!