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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!

JKC was recommended to me by my good friend Casidhe Dyke. Cas had been training with JKC for a while, and both he and his father had seen great results from the personal training that Jon and Thomas were giving them. I was and still am primarily a triathlete and I’ve always struggled with injuries. I was talking to Cas about incorporating more strength training in my program to try and prevent injuries going forward and Cas suggested that I give JKC a try. I reached out to Jon not long after, and the rest is history! After working with Jon and Thomas for a few months, I was getting stronger, faster, and most importantly, I was staying injury-free. I ended up being able to train the whole season without significant injury and posted a personal best at Ironman Copenhagen in 2018. A big part of that was due to the strength training and coaching I received at JKC.

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A few of my wonderful friends and colleagues recommended JKC. I was told by one colleague that “It’ll be the best thing you ever do for yourself” and she was right! To be honest, I didn’t have much experience in any gym setting. And NO prior weight training experience. It was always so overwhelming! But from the first day, nothing was intimidating about JKC. Each workout is set up just for me, and with my specific skills and goals in mind. There are no stupid questions, you learn as you go, and what I really love, I always feel included and important, regardless of my skills/experience.

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JKC was recommended to me by a fellow runner. I was experiencing injuries, and feeling weak and fragile. When I started with JKC, Jon asked me about my goals and my focus. I wanted to concentrate specifically on running, and preventing injury. Jon developed a program for me that has enabled me to focus on my form and strength and has been flexible enough to enable me to train for many different races. I have been training with JKC for six years, and during that time I have enjoyed Jon and Thomas’s expertise in a very warm and supportive atmosphere.

I originally joined JKC because I was anxious about passing out and embarrassing myself since I hadn’t weight trained in a while and I’d hoped to find somewhere sympathetic. My husband @terry_hussey had been training at JKC and his success there made me miss the achievement you feel from a good workout. I went to meet Jon and immediately knew it was going to be a safe space for me. I was never judged for the fears I had and where I was starting from. Jon and Thomas made sure to check on me often, and found a way to challenge me but make me feel secure at the same time, and Terry and I were able to book sessions together, so working out became a shared win for us!

JKC is different from other gyms because of the personal growth you have outside JKC (the sessions inside JKC creates a great positive feedback loop!). You gain self confidence, learn how to show up for yourself, meet a community of newfound friends, and get the support of your trainers who are behind you 100%. I’ve left a scattered workout so proud of myself I’ve honestly shed a tear in the car on the drive home. JKC is the mental health relief valve I need to stay positive, and keep my anxiety and health related fears at bay.

I heard somewhere that achieving your health goals is determined largely by what you do in the kitchen. I am grateful to have found Julia who brought direction and accountability to this most important piece for me. Having Julia in my corner has brought me confidence and certainty that I am on my way to achieving my goals. I highly recommend her if you are serious about making a change and feeling better about your health.

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