I simply love exercises that target multiple muscle groups, especially when they build strength and increase flexibility – it’s one of the reasons I enjoy Yoga so much.
This exercise has my clients in a serious love-hate relationship because it’s challenging enough to invoke a little dread, but effective enough for them to ask me to incorporate it more often into their workouts!
I call it Bridge into Pike Pull Through… and it’s a seriously great exercise that requires a coordinated effort of all muscles for proper execution – plus it gives you the benefit of increased flexibility and range of motion in areas many of us tend to be stiff.
Check out these benefits:
- Increases flexibility in hip flexors, hamstrings, and shoulder girdle to improve mobility and decrease pain.
- Strengthens hamstrings, quads, and glutes to tighten and sculpt your thighs and butt.
- Engages triceps, deltoids, chest and serratus anterior (an important muscle in pushing, overhead pressing, and scapular stabilization) that develop a beautiful, strong upper body.
- Intense core training to tone, lift, and chisel your abs.
In fact, the core work is so effect at connecting the deep muscles of the pelvic floor with both rectus and transverse abdominis that you’ll feel like a gymnast as your body learns to lift into the Pike… and we all know they have rock hard abs!
Follow along with my video so you can get the hang of it then incorporate it into your workouts. At first, you may feel a little awkward and uncoordinated, but in time you’ll be amazed at how your body learns to harmonize your movements, actively firing each muscle group with precision and synchronicity!
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Keep seeking them out, culivating curiosity, and delighting in all there is to know and learn.