Watching Shark Week every July is my summer tradition since elementary school, being shark obsessed from a very young age. This year I binged on the sharky lineup recovering from being sick. I had plans to incorporate a shark-tacular celebration in my classes with themed movements and playlists, but you know what they say about best laid plans…
But I do have a favorite (on land) exercise to share! This move engages your full body: The Swimmer!
This Pilates-style exercise incorporates a range of different muscles; it gives definition to glutes and hamstrings, engages the abdominals, and strengthens those posture back extensor muscles.
To complete the exercise, lay on your stomach on the floor with arms and legs outstretched. Engage your abs by pulling your bellybutton into your spine, and press your shoulders down your back. Remember, shoulders and ears are NOT friends, so you want to keep them far apart. Keep your head in line with your spine.
Lift your right arm and left leg off the mat, only as far as you can feel your back working, but not causing any strain or distress. Repeat with the opposite, left arm and right leg. Continue to “swim” by alternating the movement for a full set.
For a variation, lift both legs and arms at the same time for increased intensity.
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