Reformer exercise for posture, control, balance and flexibility.
The control needed to stabilise and move the reformer slowly in and out smoothly engages so many muscles.
Core, tummy, glutes, hamstrings, abductors, calf muscles….
Basic table top toe taps to engage the core, glutes and lower abdominals.
Using the foam roller in this position can help stop the hip flexors coming into action too when the core is still weak.
Lie on your side
Tie the band into a loop on one end and attach it around your foot.
Lengthen through the top hip.
Draw your leg in
Then back and straight
and bring it back with control.
The better the leg position when straightened in line with the body and slightly back, the more you will feel the effect in your glutes of this exercise.
Feet hip width apart, Raise your bottom up into bridge,, lift your leg up, making sure you don’t drop your hip.
You will see I dropped slightly more on one side than the other as that’s my weaker side at the moment.
Try to place your foot down gently.
You only need to do 2 lifts each time before you come down, relax and reset.
Lie with your feet on a ball.
Put downward pressure onto the ball and push the ball away from you. Then bring back in.
Engage the core and glutes to use the hip flexors less.
Make sure ribs are down, back is in neutral and toes relaxed.
Its a slow journey to regaining full fitness after an injury. Patience is key.
Strengthening the core, glutes and hamstrings.
With thanks to @bh_beyondhealth
With even the simplest exercise it’s important for the body to be correctly aligned for the exercise to be targeting the muscles properly.
When in rehab after a knee ligaments injury and little or no exercise for weeks- it’s best to get the basic core strength muscles activated before launching back into the same advanced levels of exercise as before.
Repetitions increase daily.
The instructions are in the video voice-over together with my actions. With thanks to Tessa @bh_beyondhealth
When you have a knee injury, unable to exercise as usual, and you’re hyper-mobile, muscles quickly switch off especially the glute, core and hamstrings.
It’s starting over again with the most basic fitness exercises.
To kick start muscle memory and functionality, tie a stretchy band knotted at the ends over a door frame, and pull down.
Then weight transfer from leg to leg and lift knee. The action of pulling on the bands will help switch on and engage core and glutes.