Week 5 Lower Back: Your 6 Week Workout Guide For a Stronger Body…From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Last week, we focused on exercises to strengthen our cores. Interestingly enough, we don’t often talk about the importance of strengthening our backs, even though strong abdominals and a strong back go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. And make sure you didn’t miss out on  Week 1Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4 of Your 6 Week Workout Plan For a Stronger Body…From the Comfort of Your Own Home.

Pilates Breaststroke 

Laying face down on the ground, lift your legs and chest off the floor. Reach your hands out in front of your head as you exhale, inhale as you sweep your hands back, tapping your thigh, then bring your arms to the front again. This exercise mimics the motion of the breaststroke in the pool. Do your best to keep your chest and legs off the ground. Perform this exercise for 15-30 seconds.

Swimmer Kicks 

Staying in the same position with your chest lifted, you are going to alternate between raising your right arm and left leg at the same time, then left arm and left leg together. Legs do touch the ground. Perform this exercise for 15-30 seconds. As we add these final exercises to strengthen the body as a whole, take note of which moves have been most challenging for you. Are there certain areas of the body you find easier or more difficult to work out? We’re all stronger and weaker in certain parts of the body, and in gradually introducing more exercises into our routine we can decide what we’d like to focus on in the future.   Stay tuned for next week’s step towards creating a balanced, effective workout! We’d love to hear what some of your go-to back workouts are. Share your favorites @orberausa  

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