You do not get bored because you're a Chelsea Handler coach. Ben Bruno, who trains handlers and other celebrities like Kate Upton, has a unique fitness philosophy. He is not a fan of burpees and he is known for extinguishing a challenging combo train when a customer needs something more challenging. And if his existing set of abdominal movements is not quite enough? He invents a brand new one.
This week Bruno went to Instagram to demonstrate his core move. "I have no idea what to call it, but it's great," he recorded. The exercise consists of a combination of lying leg raises and an isometric band gap, using a resistance band and a medicine ball to enhance a conventional leg tightening.
You can check it out @benbrunotraining below:
We called Bruno for details on how to try it next time, if your own training requires a little new.
You've probably tried leg raises. This step takes the core strengthening base to the next level with a resistance band.
"The reason for the band is twofold," says Bruno SELF. "First, it attacks the upper back muscles, so you simultaneously work your upper back and your core, and second, it fixes a common leg lift problem – people often bend their backs too much, but the tape challenges you to Press your ribs down to create a neutral spine. "
Start by laying face up and holding a resistance band with each hand holding one end. As the arms pull the band apart, slowly raise your legs until the bottom of your feet is facing the ceiling. Slowly lower your legs down until they are a few inches above the ground. You can also use a medicine ball (of the weight you feel comfortable with) between your feet for additional resistance, as Bruno does.
It's important to keep an eye on your lower back while lowering the leg lift, says Bruno
If your legs are down, hold your lower back against the floor. Then, while lifting at a "nice, controlled pace" without using the swing, "Bruno advises the customer to lift the coccyx and pelvis a bit." A slight lift with the help of the abdominal muscles and not just the hip flexor. " he explains, "Keep a neutral spine upright, but make a hip lift with a slight tilt."
At first, keeping a flat back on the ground may be too difficult – and that's normal. "19659011]" You will I know it's too hard for you to have to arch your back down, "says Bruno.To modify it, he bends his legs into a table position, anchoring the lower back to the floor, and can also balance the weight between them In addition, you can also change how deep you lower your legs to the ground – the lower you get, the more nuclear power it requires.  In the beginning, Bruno suggests to try this movement first with straight legs and then to move to bent legs. Your muscles get tired, because then the shape probably begins to break. "For my clients, I start with the straight-leg version and then move on to the simpler version when they are tired." He suggests trying 8-10 reps with straight legs, followed by a set of 8-10 reps with bent legs. If you can not keep your lower back flat on the floor with flat legs, just use the curved leg version. If you are a beginner and feel too much about 8-10 reps, start with three sets of six reps instead. As you build your nuclear power, you can do more repetitions.
Technically, we are all beginners, as this is a new movement variant. So take time to master this exercise. Who knows, maybe it will become a new staple in your routine.