I love mixing yoga exercises as a filler with my clients. It’s great for flexibility, core stability, hip flexion, increase shoulder mobility, and definitely just improving range of motion (ROM) all around.
One of my favorite exercises is the ‘Dive Bomber.’ This movement requires strength, flexibility, and utilizes groups of muscles in the upper body. You will definitely feel these in your chest, abs, and triceps! It also gives the achilles, calves, and hamstrings a decent stretch. I usually do 3 sets of 10 and my whole upper body is screaming the next day.
My daughter Ayda, had to make sure my form was right. I don’t know what I’d do without her!
Start in a plank position with your arms directly under your shoulders. As you bring your glutes back, try to press your heels into the ground to stretch your whole back leg. While keeping your head in line with your spine, squeeze your glutes and draw a line with your nose close to the ground. Make sure there is a 45 degree angle between your elbows and armpit. As you come up, open your chest and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Repeat.
If you’d like to make it more challenging, place your hands on yoga blocks!
I guarantee after 5 of them, you will be sweating!
*NOTE anyone with rotator cuff problems, severe low back pain, or severe hip pain, should NOT try this exercise*