This weekly workout is brought to you by Jessica Smith, a fitness specialist, at the Woman’s Center for Wellness.
You may not know it by name, but we’re sure you’re familiar with the Bridge. This simple exercise is super popular with fitness trainers, as well as yoga and pilates instructors, because it’s simple yet strengthens the entire midsection. The Bridge directly engages the abs, but also offers benefits for the glutes, hips and lower back. It’s a crowd favorite because it builds muscle, boosts flexibility and can easily be incorporated to any fitness routine.
The Basic Bridge helps tone and shape the core through direct engagement. As a fitness tip, but sure you’re extending your hips, not your back.
We recommend doing three sets of 10 to 12 repetitions with rests in between. To increase the dynamic of the exercise, add weights. For a more advanced workout, look below.
A more advanced version, the Single Leg Bridge directs attention to the glutes, but also benefits the core. When doing this exercise, keep your glutes and abs tight while lifting. This exercise is great for toning your abs and thighs and also helps shape the glutes.
We recommend doing three sets of 10 to 12 reps with rests in between. To increase the dynamic of this exercise, try adding weights.
When doing either variation of the Bridge, remember to give special attention to your breath as you move. Allow your breath to deepen, and notice how you feel as you hold your position. Be sure to monitor your form. Lastly, try utilizing the Bridge as a personal “time out” to rest your mind and restore your body. For more information, feel free to contact one of our personal trainers at the Woman’s Center for Wellness.