Burn calories on your back while laughing!

Posted by Marjolein Brugman on Sunday, March 6, 2016
When we developed the idea of adding a trampoline to a reformer we had no idea how profoundly we were revolutionizing the work of fitness.
Every one needs to perform cardiovascular exercise at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes to prevent heart disease but I know that many of you have not been able to find a way to increase your heart rate safely, without impact on your knees, without pounding the pavement or having to get wet and chlorinated in a pool or sweaty on someone else's used treadmill or elliptical.

When you first begin cardio rebounding you might experience a tension on your lower back. This indicates that your abdominal muscles, which are needed to hold your legs in the air after jumping off, are weak. But have no fear there are a couple of easy solutions and you will be amazed at how quickly these muscles strengthen to affect all aspects of lower back weakness and movement.

Solution 1 is to jump with one foot at a time, bringing the unused leg into your chest with a bended knee. Immediately your back will feel more supported.
The other solution is to add a cord, yellow first, then black as this makes the reformer platform recoil faster such that your legs are in the air for less time, putting less strain on your weaker abs band your back.

Within a few days you will feel a tremendous difference and will be able to experiment and change up your cardio workout by adding and subtracting cords to cross train and confuse your muscles. I suggest that you try a workout with the following sequence:
5 minutes of hopping on 2 cords
5 minutes of 2-foot jumping on 2 cords
5 minutes of hopping on 3 cords
5 minutes of 2-foot jumping on 3 cords
5 minutes of hopping on 1 cord
5 minutes of 2-foot jumping on 1 cord

Let me know what you notice: marjolein@lighterliving.com


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