The Fitness Fixer
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Fast Fitness - Stronger Arms and Chest, and Core, Hip, and Leg Stability With A Friend

Here is Friday Fast Fitness - strengthen inner legs, thighs, arms, and core, while practicing neutral spine with a friend. More exercise than putting hands up on a bench or exercise ball.

My students Johanna (1) and Diana (2) demonstrate the beginning of this move. Description of how to progress follows the photos:

  1. Partner 1 lies face up with bent knees
  2. Partner 2 does pushups on Partner 1's knees while holding neutral spine, not letting the lower back sag and arch downward. Partner 1 gets entry-level exercise hip and core exercise by holding legs stable and does not let knees wobble. Higher-level exercise is described below the photos.
  3. Switch and repeat.

To increase core and hip stabilization training for both partners, Partner 1 tilts knees slightly to each side while Partner 2 continues pushups. Try both moving continuously side to side, and holding legs stable at an angle. Do not twist your spine.

Have fun moving and laughing with a partner.

Photos by Jolie

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Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.