Thor’s Core Strength and Mobility Series (Pilates & Verstegen)

This is one of the series of exercises I do on a regular basis. It is heavily based on Verstegen’s template (see also my previous discussion here and here), but I have added and sub’d quite a few exercises (mainly Pilates) so that I believe I can now rightly claim it to be my own 🙂

The series is based on some of Verstegen’s series. It quite long now, it probably takes more than an hour to go through, so it is not really a preparation any more. It is really a workout that I do on my off (or low-effort) days. I also generally do not follow it by the letter (I might move some exercise blocks around, or skip them), but it is some inspiration.

SPINE MOBILITY

  • Cat stretch – 5x
  • Scorpion – 5x each
  • Hip crossover bent legs – 5x each
  • Hip tilts – 5-10x slow
  • Bridge (rolling through spine) – 5-10x
  • Side lying spine rotation and arm circles – 5/5x each
  • Rolling like a ball – 10x
  • Rollover backwards – 3-5x dynamic

ABS FOCUS

  • Hip crossover straight legs – 5x each
  • Rolling up – 5x slow
  • Garhammer / rolling back / candle – 3x slow
  • Crunches – 10-20x slow
  • Elbow-to-knee crunches 5-10x each slow
  • Hundreds – 100x (duh!)
  • Scissors – 10x each
  • Leg circles (towards ceiling; change direction) – 10x each FOCUS
  • Knee-to-chest (keep body stable!) – 5x each

BACK AND SIDE FOCUS

  • Physioball push-up – 10-25x
  • Physioball YWTL – each 1×10(2kg), 2×5 (2kg, 10s), or 3×3 (3kg, 5s)
  • Downward dog / Cobra alternates – 2-3min total
  • Hand walk – 5x, 5sec
  • Back extension – 5x half / 5x full
  • Swimming – 3x30s
  • Sit back (child pose) – 30s
  • Plank – 1-2min
  • Side plank – 30-60s each

POSTERIOR CHAIN AND LEG FOCUS

  • Glute bridge (rigid spine; one-leg raised) – 1x10each
  • Superdog (aka opposite-arm-leg) – 5x each
  • Mule kick (raise one leg upwards) – 5x each
  • Fire hydrant (raise one leg sidewards) – 5x each
  • Good morning (weighted with 8kg medball) – 10x
  • Inverted hamstring (with 8kg medball in front of chest) – 3x, 15s hold
  • Forward lunge (overhead medball 8kg) – 5x each
  • Backward lunge with twist (medball 8kg in front) – 5x each

HIP AND LEG FOCUS

  • Side lying adduction (aka raise-top-leg) – 10x each
  • Side lying abduction (aka raise-bottom-leg-to-meet-top) – 10x each
  • Side lying leg swings (aka swing-top-leg) – 10x each
  • Side lying upper leg circles – 5x each/each direction

SHOULDER FOCUS

  • Hand-stand hold (against wall) – 3×15-30s
  • Downward-dog push-ups – 10-20x
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