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Workout Wednesday-Be Still Grasshopper

Posted Apr 15 2009 11:01pm

Did you know that Bruce Lee didn’t go to a gym?  He had the most phenomenal physique and body strength, not to mention his agility and it was all done with very little use of weights or machines.

You can do the same thing that Bruce Lee did just by following a few of the  the simple exercise routines that Bruce did.

First, get down on the floor and do a push up using only one hand and only your thumb and your index finger.  Give me 20!

Now, sit cross-legged and lift your body off the ground by extending your arms by your sides, with palms on the floor.  Stay in that position for 30 minutes.  Oh come on, Bruce did it!

Okay, now for dexterity.  Throw  3 grains of rice up into the air and catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks.  No?  Okay, here’s an easy one you can do chin ups right?  How about 50 reps with one arm, switch and do 50 reps with the other!

Okay, here’s something a little more sedate and yet will  build stamina and core strength as you meditate on Bruce.  It’s the “Plank” pose.  An isometric exercise that uses nothing but the floor.

This little exercise is one of the Top 10 most effective ab exercises according to the ACE study (that’s the American Council on Exercise)

Here’s how you do the Plank:

Lie on your stomach, resting on you forearms with palms on the floor in front of you.  Enjoy the support of the floor for a few seconds.

Say good-bye to the floor as  you lift off and raise your body, elbows directly under your shoulders, raising  up onto your toes.

Keep your back flat, parallel to the floor.  Your body should be in a straight line from toes to head.

Lift your pelvis, contract your abs and core muscles.  Be sure to keep your bottom in line, not sticking up in the air.

Hold to 20 to 60 seconds.  Do 3-5 reps.

See, you can do a full body workout!  Just like Bruce!

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