TRIBE with Claire

Week 6. Session 1.

Over half way through! Really well done on your commitment. Plenty of familiarity today and a little bit of change. Perhaps you could use a very light extra set of hand weights for one of the new exercises. I found for myself that body weight was really enough.

The exercises;

1. Banded squat/curl/press 15 reps FOCUS: On a strong core WHY? Adding the band to the squat increases lateral glute engagement. Squats are great for leg strength particularly quads, hamstrings and glutes. Also great for mobility and balance. Core engagement throughout and work into the biceps, shoulders and upper back with the curl and press.

2. Side plank and clam with mini band 15 reps ea side FOCUS on keeping a straight line from shoulders to knees. WHY? Great for core strength and pelvic stability. You’ll work core stabilising muscles particularly oblique abdominals. The clam gets into your lateral glutes.

3. Kneeling push up (with or without miniband) 15 reps FOCUS Start with knees closer to hands to ensure you get all 15 FULL reps WHY? Full depth push ups are great for shoulder mobility as well as strength. To do them well you’ll also need to engage through your core muscles.

4. Crawl square 30s FOCUS Keep pushing out on the band and keep knees close to the floor. WHY? Great for whole body engagement and coordination. Feel the work in your abs, quads, glutes, calves, shoulder girdle. Tiny muscles in your ankles, hips, feet and wrists are also recruited.

5. Full range (‘American’) DB skiing swing 30 reps FOCUS Swing DBs from overhead to past your sides (DBs separate either side) WHY? This is a functional full body exercise that strengthens the glutes and hamstrings and tightens the core. It also tones the quads, hips, shoulders and arms. You’ll increase core strength and stability.

6. Static split squat hold with upright row 8 reps on each side. FOCUS Hold a position that is only 5cm from the floor, raise DBs only to shoulder height) WHY? Feel the burn! The low ‘isometric’ split squat hold really gets the work into the muscles, particularly the quads. You’ll need a strong core and great stability. Work into the shoulders and upper back during the dumbbell row.

7. Hard roll FOCUS Keep contact between the elbow and knee WHY? Great for abdominal engagement, spinal mobility and whole body coordination.

8. Alternate lying prone pull down FOCUS squeeze glutes to protect the lower back. Pull to shoulder and keep elbow in tight. WHY: Fantastic for posture. You’ll work all of your ‘posterior chain’ especially mid and upper back and arms.

9. Plank hold 45s (forearm and toes) FOCUS push out of the shoulders. Draw the belly button in. Tighten quads and glutes WHY? Amazing for core strength and posture

10: ‘Table or ‘Saggy table’ with marching legs FOCUS Push up @ the hips and take the weight into the shoulder. WHY? Fabulous for cross body engagement, stability and strength. I hope this workout delivers the right balance of complexity and challenge for you.

Week 6. Session 2.

I hope you feel fit, fabulous and focused throughout the day today. Thank you for joining me.

Session:

1. Banded squat/curl/press 15 reps FOCUS: On a strong core WHY? Adding the band to the squat increases lateral glute engagement. Squats are great for leg strength particularly quads, hamstrings and glutes. Also great for mobility and balance. Core engagement throughout and work into the biceps, shoulders and upper back with the curl and press.

2. Side plank and banded leg raise 10 reps each side FOCUS on keeping a straight line from shoulders to knees. Controlled movement particularly on the way down. WHY? Great for core strength and pelvic stability. You’ll work core stabilising muscles particularly oblique abdominals. The leg raise gets into your lateral glutes and ITB.

3. Ice-skating arms 40s FOCUS: Punch to shoulder height only. Create stability for the shoulder by standing with a firm base and being strong through the core. WHY? Integrates the CORE with the shoulders.

4. Bird dog with straight leg glute pulse FOCUS: Keep the tummy vacuumed. Don’t arch at the lower back. WHY? Excellent for rotary stability. Activates and engages muscles in a functional chain called the posterior oblique sling.

5. Staggered stance DB swing 15 ea FOCUS: Strong through the core. Bum back then thrust the hips forward. Squeeze the front glute. WHY? Great for functional strength through the glutes, hamstrings and lower back. The staggered stance increases single side glute engagement.

6. Alternate back lunge with dumbbell curl X 24. FOCUS: Arms go either side as you lunge back. WHY? The back lunge will open up through the hips and work the quads and glutes, dumbbell curl great for coordination and strength in the biceps.

7. Standing 3 way band FOCUS: Keep legs straight. Stay tall WHY? Excellent for balance and stability. Great for activating and engaging the muscles around the hip.

8. Prone cobra hold 2x30s. FOCUS: Squeeze hard with straight arms. Head and shoulders low. WHY: Fantastic for engaging the muscles in the upper back and shoulders. You’ll also feel the muscles all the way up the ‘posterior chain’ firing up.

9. Kneeling contralateral plank hold 20s FOCUS: keep weight over the shoulder. Draw the belly button in. WHY: Very tricky! You’ll need great engagement throughout to make this work, but what a sense of accomplishment! strong through the core and oblique functional slings (across your body).

10. Single leg glute bridge with band 10 ea. FOCUS: Keep tension on the mini band. WHY: Ensures you target ALL three glute muscles – especially glute med.