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Obliques

Twisting Escape Into Half-Moon Block

Twisting Escape Into Half-Moon Block

A.

Start in down dog, then step left foot forward into low lunge. Plant right palm to the inside of left foot; rotate left shoulder 90 degrees toward ceiling to turn body to left with left knee bent, left foot flat, and right leg straight so that hip is lifted and outer edge of right foot is on floor with toes pointed straight ahead (bend left elbow so that palm is open and facing forward).

B.

Rotate left shoulder another 90 degrees to rotate chest toward ceiling, planting left palm below left shoulder, bending right leg and flattening foot, and kicking left leg toward ceiling with foot flexed. Turn over right shoulder to come into plank position. Complete reps then switch sides and repeat.

Figure-Eight Block Into Side Sweep

Figure-Eight Block Into Side Sweep

A.

Stand with feet wide and toes turned out, elbows bent with hands near chin and palms facing each other. Bend left leg 90 degrees and lean torso over left thigh, swaying arms so that fingertips point toward left.

B.

Fluidly bend right knee, leaning torso over right thigh and arcing arms to right.

C.

Without pausing, switch sides again.

D.

Then straighten left leg and turn right toes out to face the back of mat as you bend right leg 90 degrees, planting right palm outside of foot, leaning torso over right thigh, and reaching left hand overhead toward the right. Complete reps then switch sides and repeat.

Slow Punches

Slow Punches

A.

Sit on floor with knees bent and ball pressed between thighs, holding backs of thighs with elbows bent out to sides. Round lower back, tuck pelvis, and squeeze glutes and inner thighs to start. Slowly extend left arm forward, rotating fist palm down at eye level. Switch sides; repeat.

Oblique Tilt

Oblique Tilt

A.

Hold ball, and stand with heels together and toes turned out 45 degrees. Bend right knee, drawing foot toward butt, and place ball behind right knee (squeeze ball tightly); point toes, and bring fingertips behind head with elbows bent out to side to start. Rotate torso toward right as you raise right knee out to side, drawing elbow toward knee. Slowly pulse knee up 2 inches and down 2 inches. Switch sides; repeat.

Plié Bend

Plié Bend

A.

Hold ball and stand with feet wide and toes turned out 45 degrees. Raise ball overhead, squat, and lift left heel to start.

B.

Keep arms straight and bend torso toward left, reaching ball over knee. Slowly pulse ball up 2 inches and down 2 inches. Switch sides; repeat.

Lateral Hop

Lateral Hop

A.

Stand with feet together, knees soft, hands in fists with elbows bent at sides to start. Explosively hop to the left as if you were jumping over a small object (you could place something like a water bottle or a towel here to ensure that you get some height), landing on balls of feet. Switch sides; repeat.

T Push-Up

T Push-Up

A.

Start on floor in plank on palms. Bend elbows back 45 degrees to lower body until chest grazes floor.

B.

Then push up, rotating to right to come into a side plank on left palm, extending right arm straight up from shoulder and stacking feet. Switch sides; repeat. Continue quickly alternating sides.

Side Knee Tuck

Side Knee Tuck

A.

Start on floor in plank on palms with each foot on a Slidez disc.

B.

Keeping body in a straight line, bring knees to outside of left elbow. Return to start position. Switch sides; repeat.

Plank Rotation

Plank Rotation

A.

Start on floor in plank on palms with legs together and right foot on a Slidez disc. Keeping body in a straight line, draw right knee toward chest, then extend leg underneath body to left side. Reverse motion back to start position. Switch sides; repeat.

Corkscrew Crunch

Corkscrew Crunch

A.

Stay seated and straighten legs. Remove left foot from strap and let it hover, place fingertips behind head with elbows out to sides, lean back 45 degrees to start.

B.

Raise and rotate torso to left to bring right elbow to meet left knee. Return to start. That’s 1 rep. Do 10 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

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