I hope every one had a great holiday weekend. I know I did. Played some golf (best round of the year so far). Drank a couple beers (If you want to save a couple of calories, go for the Heineken Lights). Went to the beach. Ate some burgers and hot dogs. Now it’s time to get back in the gym after being out of there for a couple of days. We still have about 2 months of summer left and a few more trips to the beach.
This week’s Exercise of the Week is the Standing Push/Pull. It’s best done with any type of functional trainer piece. If your gym doesn’t have one of those, you might be able to get away doing it with a cable cross over unit. Your gym better have one of those or it’s time to find a new gym.
As you’ll see in the video, the movement is being performed by the upper body, but this is actually a great core strengthening exercise. The goal is to resist rotation around the waist as you’re pushing and pulling. If done right, you should really feel it through the oblique area. Remember, work on core stabilization and anti-rotation before getting into any type of rotational core training.