Warm up and stretching for Tai Chi

My warm up and stretching routine for tai chi. I also use it before strength training, rock climbing and general fitness and exercise. Do this for 10 minutes every day and enjoy better flexibility, improved balance and better mobility. Part 1 focuses on warming up the joints – neck, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, ankles, elbows, ...

How to do a pull up

Introduction I’m a big fan of exercises that involve the whole body. It’s something to do with the body having to flow and move as a complete unit (a concept from Tai Chi). One exercise that really challenges the whole body (utilising the biceps, triceps, lats, abs and back) and is an impressive feat for ...

Tough core exercises to give your abs a real workout!

Tough core exercises to give your abs a real workout!
Having a strong core is good for sports but it is also useful for a good posture and to reduce the risk of back injuries. The following two sets of exercises are my favourites and are suitable for intermediate and advanced practice. Inclined leg raises For the first exercises, you will need a weights bench ...

How to do tricep dips at home

Triceps? What are they? Located in the upper rear of the arm, triceps are under-rated muscles as everyone seems to focus on biceps but triceps are actually very useful muscles – you need them when you are driving, cycling, getting up from a lying position and pushing something away from you. Additionally, as they are ...

A simple, effective fat-burning exercise routine for beginners

Introduction The following routine incorporates High Intensity Interval Training which is the best way I have found of smashing through plateaus when losing weight. It also saves time – it is said that 15 minutes of HIIT is equivalent to a 45 minute run! What is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)? The principle idea of ...