Train Like an Olympian

Hollow Body Hold hollow-body-hold Set Up: Lie on the floor in a supine position, legs extended long and together, with arms overhead. Action: Contract the abdominals and imprint the back into the floor.  Raise the legs, head, shoulder blades and arms off the ground.  Elevate the shoulder blades as high as possible off the floor while keeping the legs lifted and the abdominals drawn in and up.  To additionally protect the back, slightly tuck the pelvis. The body should be in a crescent shape. Hold this position for 30 seconds.   Arch Body Hold arch-body-hold Set Up: Lie on the floor in a prone position, legs extended long at hip width apart; arms overhead, or placed lightly on the back of the head with elbows wide. Action: Contract the abdominals.  Think of pulling the belly button up into the spine.  Squeeze the glutes and connect the shoulder blades drawing them back, down and together.  Raise the legs, ribcage and arms off the ground. Hold this position for 30 seconds. *Alternate between the Hollow Body Hold & Arch Body Hold – 4 times with 30 second hold intervals.   Down and Out with a Jump Twist (Burpee with a Twist) Set Up: Standing legs together, arms overhead. Action: Lower into a squat position and place the hands on the floor in front of the feet.  Jump both feet back into a plank position. Jump both feet back into the hands, jump up and half twist. Repeat this alternating the direction of the half twist.  *Challenge with a full twist.   Hop to Handstand Set Up:  Forward fold with hands on the ground.  Knees may be softened.  Step both feet back to an inverted V position. Action: Bend the knees and jump floating the feet off the floor and landing softly. Repeat this for 30 seconds. hop-to-handstand hop-to-handstand1   Wall Handstand with Shoulder Tap Challenge wall-hand-stand wall-hand-stand1 Set Up: Walk the feet up a wall to a handstand position.  Bellybutton facing the wall. Action:  Hold the handstand.  For a challenge shift the weight to the right shoulder and arm while tapping the left hand to the left shoulder.  Repeat on the opposite side. Either hold the handstand or shoulder tap for 30 seconds.]]>