Balance does a body good. It quickens reaction time, makes strength training more effective and decreases risk of injury. But even Dominique Moceanu didn’t start out balance-beam ready. Try these stability builders three times a week, starting with the easiest. Staying relaxed, hold for up to 30 seconds (10 to start), then switch sides. Advance to the next move.
1 beginner With hips and shoulders squared, wrap left leg around right calf and raise arms overhead. Crossing arms at the wrist, press palms together. Pull in abs and keep back straight.
2 intermediate Stand with right knee slightly bent. With palms together, extend arms overhead and reach. Rest sole of left foot as high as possible against right inner thigh.
3 advanced Stand on a balance board with feet shoulder-width apart, hands on hips. Try to keep the board level. To increase difficulty, keep board level while doing squats; work up to 10 reps. Continue reading “Pulse fitness”