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Strength training for yogis no. 7: glute and ab strengthening workout

Posted by Emma Obayuvana for Strong Women Training Club

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Just because you can hip thrust heavy barbells doesn’t mean your glutes are strong enough to get you through a two-minute pigeon pose. To hold deep, yogic postures you need muscle stability and endurance, and that’s what we’re building in this Strong Women Training Club workout.

You’ll work through a circuit of lower-body moves including bodyweight deadlifts, glute bridges and reverse lunges, then work the abs for total mid-section stability with side planks and roll up crunches. The focus is on time under tension, working the muscles with limited rest to improve endurance. You’ll be getting through 45 minutes of stretching without a shake. 

Core conditioning: Russian twists

  1. Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. 
  2. Draw your belly button to your spine and lean your upper body away from your thighs.
  3. Holding your hands in front of you, twist your core to the left without letting your hips or feet move.
  4. Come back through centre, then twist to the right-hand side.