15-Minute Workout: Challenge Your Muscles

Posted on: November 6th, 2012 by Thamar Houliston
Challenge your muscles workout

Whether you’re trying to nail a headstand in yoga class, haul groceries up a flight of stairs, or master your stiletto strut, your balance is put to the test daily. Balance training helps you stay sure-footed so you don’t wobble, or worse, wipe out. But the benefits go far beyond just preventing an embarrassing spill. Stability exercises improve your posture, strengthen your core and help you achieve a toned head-to-toe physique, says performance specialist Nick Anthony, who designed this routine.

“These moves work multiple joints through multiple planes of motion,” says Anthony. It’s a change from standard strength exercises that tend to work one muscle in a single movement pattern.

The result? You get more out of each move, which helps you sculpt lean, strong, balanced muscles. And since your core is constantly engaged throughout each exercise, you’ll get a killer ab workout to boot.

Do three to five reps of the elbow-to-instep lunge on each leg as a warm-up. Then complete eight to 10 reps of the remaining moves, resting less than one minute between exercises. Repeat for a total of three sets. Try it two or three times a week.

– By Caitlin Carlson

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Elbow-To-Instep-Lunge

Move1Stand with your arms at your sides (A), then lunge forward with your right leg; place your left hand on the floor and your right elbow next to the arch of your right foot (B). Pause, then rotate your torso to the right, reaching your right hand overhead (C). Place both hands to the sides of your right foot and straighten both legs, folding your chest forward towards your right leg (D). Stand, then repeat with the left leg.

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