Grace, strength and body control
As you might have noticed, this Weekend Challenge includes the word strength again. Now before you think bulky over arms and quads of the size, that are going to bust your jeans, just take a few minutes to read on.
Strength is not a question of size of your biceps, and my challenges are not designed to make you a big strong female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger. When I talk about strength in the challenges or in our classes, it’s the kind of strength that keeps your fit and healthy.
And with that strength comes an inner confidence and feeling of pride: ‘I can do this! I am a fit, strong and capable woman’.
This Weekend Challenge will help you soew these words in your body. Follow the description or watch the ‘how to’ video and feel your confidence rise, as you gain more and more control over your body, as you master the move.
The Hindu push up also known as the Bomb diver is a favorite from my classes. Through out the weekend, you will perform three sets.
1. Set: Perform three (3) hindu push ups each way = 6 hindu push up total
2. Set: Do five (5) hindu push ups each way = 10 total
3 set: Do Six (6) hindu push ups each way = 12 total
Description: Start with bending over and let your fingers touch the floor. Walk out with your hands until you reach the position for push ups. Then let your heels touch the ground, so you make a ‘pike’ position with your but* as the highest point. Still from the pike position, let your nose dive towards the ground (without touching the floor), after your head passes the normal push up position, make a ‘U’ form with your back and look upwards toward the ceiling. Return to the pike position and perform two more.
The opposite hindu push up also starts in the pike position. Here you lower your whole body into a plank like position until you’re aligned with the floor (but not touching the floor with your body. Only your hands and feet). Dive your nose to the ground again, and in the same movement, press your head and body backwards into the pike position. Perform two more.
Have fun and enjoy your new-found flexibility and strength. Remember, you can more than you think!