Core Strength: A Routine for Stamina

Stand-up if you do the shopping for the family from time-to-time, you get props from me and if you’ll walk the bags home you get double – it doesn’t matter your age. The local Supermarket is a great place to pass through especially if you know a bit about food groups. With knowledge of what you and your family need nutritionally, you can mix and match foods in order to ensure your nutritional balance is sorted, but this post is about exercise and how to make those long walks home with the shopping easier.

Functional Training has many faces and meanings depending on who you’re talking to. To me, the main idea behind Functional Training I hold is to be able to execute the tasks of daily living with ultimate ease. A core component (pun not intended) of any style of training is Core Exercise which is your midsection also known as the ‘Trunk’ which also includes your Spinal Column. Your core muscles stabilise your body so increasing strength in this area will help you when walking and carrying heavy loads as well as balance.

This core burning workout is just what you need to strengthen your core and put the ‘F’ into Functional Training. Doing this workout once or twice a week will help you to increase muscle endurance and strength so give it a try, don’t forget to stretch before and after your workout.

Warm-Up:

High Knees: 5 sets – 30 seconds (per set) – 15 sec Rest.

Planks: 3 sets – 30 seconds (per set) – 30 sec Rest.

Main Session:

Squats: 3 sets – 8 to 10 reps – 2 min Rest.

Static Squat (body Weight):  5 sets – 30 seconds (per set) – 2 min Rest.

Farmers Walk: 3 to 5 circuits – 1 min Rest.

Walking Lunge: 3 circuits – 2 min Rest.

Barbell Roll-out: 3 sets – 8 to 10 reps – 2 min Rest.

Chin-Ups: 3 sets – 8 – 10 reps – 30 sec/1 min Rest.

Published by Abu Hafs

Abu Hafs Hanif from London. Married with Children. Fitness and Nutritional Advisor.

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