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Here’s one of my favourite core exercises.

Not only do you get a nice hip flexor stretch (who all can benefit from!), but you also train better lumbopelvic control and synergy between the glutes and abdominals.

Here’s how to do it:

Kneel perpendicular to an adjustable cable machine with your inside knee down. Place your front foot flat on the ground and make sure to dig your big toe of your rear foot into the ground. Brace your abs and push your entire body forward until you feel a nice stretch in front of your thigh (inside leg). Squeeze your butt to lock in the position. Your front knee should only move as far as your shoe laces, so move your front foot forward if you need to.

Grab the cable attachment and hold it against your stomach. Stay tall and tight and take in a breath. Slowly exhale as you press the handle away from you. Lock your elbows and hold this pose for a few seconds. Don’t move your body and don’t lose the stretch in front of your thigh. Slowly return the handle to your stomach. Inhale again and prepare for the next repetition.

If you’re new to this, don’t choose a weight that’s too heavy. Aim to perfect the mechanics of the exercise before adding weight. Using pin 30-40 should be enough to start. Shoot for 12-15 reps per side and perform 2-3 sets.

Notice the difference in how this exercise challenges your abdominal control vs a traditional plank exercise.

There’s nothing wrong with a basic plank, but you need to add exercises that challenge your abdominals in a different manner.

Good luck!

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I had tried JKC based on the recommendation of a parent of one of my students. I originally started by attending Saturday drop in classes. I was hooked. I decided to join full time when I I had taken a year off from teaching and it was the best thing I have done for myself.

First and foremost the trainers at JKC are extremely knowledgeable. I feel like they are as dedicated to my success as I am. The workouts are tailored to me, my skills and my goals. This is important. Jon and Thomas truly want the best for their clients no matter what level of fitness they are starting from. I also like being able to book a session at a time that suits my schedule. This also helps keep me accountable. Once the session is booked I am not likely to cancel!

I started at JKC because my colleagues that go to JKC all look and felt fit and healthy thanks to Jon and Thomas – if JKC helped them, I knew they could do the same for me! I think JKC stands out from other gyms because of their personal touch! They listen to you and help motivate and support. They always believe in my ability progress and learn new exercises. I’ve been training at JKC since January of 2019 and recommend them to anyone looking to learn how to lift weight properly, feel stronger, and improve their health.

I’ve always struggled with both my weight and anxiety throughout my life. As a writer you live a pretty sedentary lifestyle filled with both realistic and unrealistic deadlines, so I needed something to get me off my butt and to get me moving. JK has been a godsend during this past year and a half in particular. The pandemic has been tough, but workouts with both Thomas and Jon have really helped reduce the stress and strain of a global pandemic, and added an anchor of normalcy back into my life — which has been worth its weight in gold.

JKC has created an incredibly inclusive environment that’s filled with all kinds of supportive folks from all kinds of different backgrounds. For folks like myself, being surrounded by people with such athletic ability can be intimidating in most gyms. It can actually be a deterrent, and it sometimes has been for me. But, at JKC it’s far from that — it’s inspirational. Everyone supports one another. Which is something that’s not easily found in this day and age, inside of a gym or out. Not to sound like a total cheeseball here, but it really feels like a family.

I recently turned 40, and I have been training at JKC since the summer of 2020. My partner Michael had already been training at JKC, so it came highly recommended. We had set up a home gym at the start of the pandemic, but needed to mix it up after the first lockdown. JKC differs from other gyms because of the personalized workouts. Jon, Thomas and Craig are great at challenging me to do more than I would on my own.

My original reason for joining JKC was to get some sage advice to help with my running. I had been looking for awhile, came across Jon, met for an assessment, and was quite happy with how that all went. Apart from the running specific strengthening and conditioning approaches, JKC is different from other gyms as I am a fan of the small group sessions where everyone has their own goals and individualized programs. As well, the run coaching is super. All the coaches go the extra mile to make sure you get the best out each training session. They are fantastic motivators! My favourite memory is deadlifting 330lbs. Making a lot of great friends and meeting some really cool people is pretty high up on that list, too.

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