PROP-PING YOUR BODY

PROP-PING YOUR BODY
If you’re a running enthusiast, who doesn’t stop at a 15-20 minute sprint each day, you’re well aware of what running entails. But is it the same deal when it comes to resistance exercise, do you think it’s the same? There’s only one way to find out.

We present you with these sets of exercises, wherein you’ll be using your body as a ‘prop’ (hence, ‘prop-ping your body’); with almost nothing else to support your training. Watch out for the difference you feel when your body is pushed to (almost) its limit.

Y SQUAT

Raise your hands up, with your shoulder blades pushed back; so that your body forms a Y. Keep shoulder-width distance between your feet while you squat. Lower yourself as much as you can while keeping your back arched. From here, push yourself back up to the starting position. 12 repetitions of this move should do the trick.

SPIDER-MAN PUSHUP

You’ll have to get into the classic pushup position in the beginning. As you lower your body towards the floor, bend your right leg and rotate your knee outwards until it’s outside the line of your elbow. Return to the starting position and do the same with the left leg and elbow. 8 repetitions of this should start showing some difference.

WALL SLIDE

Stand with your butt, back and head touching a wall; while you raise your arms. Let your shoulders, elbows and wrists also touch the wall. While you maintain these contact points, lower your arms until your elbows are tucked in at the sides. If you feel a contraction in your shoulders and close to your shoulder blades, it will mean that you’re getting it right. Reverse the move and do 10 reps for best results.

SINGLE-LEG ROMANIAN DEADLIFT

While you perch yourself on your left foot, get your right foot raised behind you while your arms dangle in front of you. Maintain a natural arch in your spine, and push your hips back. Do this while you lower your upper body. Press your heel into the floor while you return into an upright stance. Try the same move with the other leg. 8 reps are recommended.

SPIDER-MAN LUNGE

Assume the pushup position that you usually use; placing your hands underneath your shoulders. Keep your legs straight and your abs tight while you do this. Slowly lift your right foot off the floor and place it outside the line of your right hand. You will almost look like you’ve bent a little too low at the start line of a marathon. Return to the starting position before you go on to work on the other leg. Alternate legs while you reach a number of 20 for the reps.

They may look easy; but may not really be easy. Like they say, ‘The proof of the pie is in eating it’! Dish out the pies, work on these moves, and say hello to a body with increased strength.