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8 exercises personal trainers do on the daily

8 exercises personal trainers do on the daily
From Global News - September 3, 2017

Sometimes finding the best exercise routine can be a little daunting.

There are options of styles, classes and professionals available across the country, and while personal training is often the most practical plan, it can get a little pricey.

And exercise trends, like any trends, are also changing. According to Health magazine, some of the biggest fitness trends of 2017 include body weight training, HIIT and group training.

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Below, we asked four Canadian personal trainers to share some of their favourite exercises and how they benefit our bodies overall. And before you try any of these, consult with a trainer on proper form to avoid any injuries.

Bench burpee with a push-up

The expert: Alistair Hopper of Flex Fitness in Winnipeg

How to do it: Facing a bench or a sofa at home, start by standing close to it and jumping in the air. When you land, go down into a push-up position with your hands on the bench (if you are using a sofa, make sure it doesnt slide), and feet on the ground behind you. Do a full push-up and jump forward back into the standing position. If you want to make things more challenging, swap out the bench and use the floor instead.
Why it works: This exercise is a great full-body exercise and includes both a cardiovascular and strength training component.

Leg lift cross crunch

The expert: Kalev Jaaguste of Kalev Fitness Solutions in Vancouver
How to do it: On your back, keep one leg extended straight just off the floor, the other knee bent with hands at temples. Lift the straight leg up (like a leg lift), and bring the opposite elbow across to touch the knee in a crunch motion, keeping your hands at the temple.
Why it works: This exercise works a number of muscles in your core and anterior flexor chain, and it is more dynamic than a regular crunch or leg lift.

Pledge plank

The expert: Amanda Thebe of Fit & Chips of Toronto
How to do it: Start in a straight-arm plank position with the body in a straight line from your ankles to your head. Driving your supporting hand into the floor, take your other hand to the opposite shoulder, like a shoulder tap. Keep hips perfectly still and brace the core, creating a tension throughout the body. To make this a little easier, try placing the feet a little wider and the arms narrower, this will keep you stable.
Why it works: Adding dynamic movement that requires you to create extra stability throughout your core and glutes is the best way to progress a plank. By keep your hips still during the movement, activating all those smaller muscle groups that can atrophy with age.

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Dumbbell squat into bicep curl and shoulder press

Body weight squats

Lunge jumps

Kettlebell deadlifts

Compound row

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