If your progress towards a better body has already become a little static, it’s time you introduced a twist into your regime.
Born out of mixed martial arts training techniques, the windmill offers the perfect workout combo – providing functional fitness gains as well as a huge physical response from your muscles. This results in a bigger but leaner body that packs a performance punch, too. But the pay-offs don’t stop there. Your obliques (the muscles that bookend your abs, rounding off your midriff) are forced to move your entire body in a rotation.
These control everything from your punching power to your golf swing, so you can make it to the final round in either discipline. For a knockout physique and a slick move to turn around your fitness levels, get down on the floor for this spin class with a difference.
It’s worth noting that an easy move this ain’t. You need to stay sharp and explosive from the get-go. Begin the set on the floor, then rise onto your arms.
From this position, bring both arms to one side and lower your hips. Now drive your hips up hard and propel your torso up so that your arms leave the ground at pace.
Before you go crashing to the floor, swing your arms quickly across your torso so it rotates. Bring your hands down to catch your weight as you reach the other side.
To glean the greatest benefits from this exercise, work at it until you build a rhythm, and aim for three sets of 10 to 12 reps at the end of each workout. A sweat towel is mandatory.