Olympic Move of the Day: Speed Skaters and Hanging Oblique Raises

Since I missed yesterday here are two great moves for you in honour of our two gold medals in the 1500 m speed skating and women’s downhill moguls.

Speed Skaters
This move is designed to hammer your quads, glutes and improve your lateral power and stability.
Start of by standing on your left foot. As you bend your left leg, bring your right foot behind your left leg. Using your arms, drive off your left leg and jump laterally to your right, landing on your right leg. Hold that pose for a second and repeat. Start by trying to travel at least 1.5 the width of your shoulders. As you advance aim for farther. Repeat for 10 reps per leg. Imagine yourself skating down the final length of ice just ahead of the pack!

Hanging Knee Oblique Raises

This move will hammer your core especially your obliques. As you are doing this exercise it helps to imagine you are flying down an icey mountain and you are just hitting the moguls and you need all the ab power you can get.

Using a Roman chair at the gym or two tall chairs at home, support your weight on your fully extended arms. Instead of a typical knee raise where your raise your knees straight ahead, you will be raising them at a 45 degree angle. As you raise your knees, concentrate on lifting your hips upward. Start to your left and repeat each side until you hit 20!

Have fun channeling your inner Olympian and check back tomorrow for another move!

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