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Try This! Skateboard pike

April 07, 2012|By Jeannine Stein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • Slowly return to the starting position — and repeat. To make this more challenging, try it with one leg on the board at a time; the other leg floats in the air.
Slowly return to the starting position — and repeat. To make this… (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles…)

Still got a skateboard buried somewhere in a corner of the garage? Celebrity personal trainer Mike Donavanik — http://www.mikedfitness.com — suggests you drag it out and repurpose it for this simple and effective fitness move, the skateboard pike.

Why you should try it: These assisted pikes work your entire core and build upper body strength.

What to do: Place the toes of both feet on the middle of a skateboard placed underneath you. Arms are on the ground in front in a push-up position. Using the core muscles, pull your feet toward your head as far as you can, keeping the head and spine aligned. Slowly return to the starting position — and repeat. To make this more challenging, try it with one leg on the board at a time; the other leg floats in the air.

How much: Depends on your fitness level. Beginner? Start with 10 reps. Intermediate? Try 20. If you're advanced, do the one-leg move — 10 reps each side. But just make sure you're listening to your body and don't push beyond your limits. Ease up if you feel you need to or if you feel any pain.

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