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iTwixie to the Core!
February 23, 2010
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Your core is the set of muscles that supports your stomach and back. These are the muscles that keep your body flexible, able and strong enough to be able to do stuff like twisting, jumping and running!

Having a strong core helps you do a ton of fun stuff! It’s true!

Take the iTwixie to the Core Challenge to see if you have a strong core:

You will need:

  • Flat surface
  • Mat
  • Watch or clock with second counter – or your BFF to keep time for you

For this challenge, you need to know how to get into the Core Challenge Position: Place your toes and forearms on the floor, like you’re about to do a push-up, but with your elbows to hands flat on the floor. Now, make yourself “straight as a board” which means keeping your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending. Keep head relaxed and look at the floor.

Now, take the iTwixie to the Core Challenge!

  1. Position the watch or clock where you can easily see it, or have your BFF keep time for you
  2. Get into the Core Challenge Position, remember, keep your elbows and hands on the ground.
    Hold for 60 seconds
  3. Lift your right arm off the ground
    Hold for 15 seconds
  4. Return your right arm to the ground and lift the left arm off the ground
    Hold for 15 seconds
  5. Return your left arm to the ground and lift the right leg off the ground.
    Hold for 15 seconds
  6. Return your right leg to the ground and lift the left leg off the ground
    Hold for 15 seconds
  7. Lift your left leg and right arm off the ground
    Hold for 15 seconds
  8. Return you left leg and right arm to the ground
  9. Lift your right leg and left arm off the ground
    Hold for 15 seconds
  10. Return to the Core Challenge Position
    Hold for 30 seconds

How’d you do?

Source: Quinn, Elizabeth.  Core Muscle Strength and Stability Test.  Sports Medicine.

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