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This is kind of awkward: Even though I'm an editor at SELF, I get self-conscious in group classes and thus don't want to attend even though I desperately want to reap the benefits. Basically my life changed in 2011 when Nike relaunched their Nike Training Club app and I was able to do all these cool strengthening, lengthening and toning moves from the comfort of my (albeit cramped) living room — or anywhere else in the world. And someone else agrees with me. Namely this really famous, epic tennis star.
SELF has already sung Nike Training Club's praises before; we've even dubbed it a "personal trainer in your pocket." Well we've fallen all over in love again, and we're about to break some big news to you guys: Serena Williams has JUST launched her Core Power workout on NTC that's available for download and we have the first look — not to mention a few wise words from Serena herself.
Designed to work the core and abdominal muscles, Serena showed us that Core Power uses a stability ball and resistance bands to increase overall core strength, which in turn helps to create a lean, strong body. And when I spoke to Serena about creating Core Power for Nike Training Club, she told me that "the drills featured in the Core Power workout are based on key exercises I do regularly to stay strong. Everything I do on court begins with strength from the core, so it's the perfect foundation for my training as a tennis player." Core Power is also great when tacked on to a great cardio workout — even a run — and also helps Serena target specific muscle groups she feels need extra work. (Although, look at her. Look at her abs. Watch her play! What needs extra work?) Serena let us peek behind the scenes at the filming of her Core Power routine and officially gives you her new Nike Training Club workout from start to finish. Warning: Your abs will be feelin' it later!
Read on for the workout.
Stability Ball Back Extension
Start with the stability ball under your chest, hands and feet on the floor. Place your hands behind your head. Use your core to lift your head and shoulders until you feel the stretch. Lower your head back to start position. Repeat.
Stability Ball Knee Tucks
Lay with your stability ball under your waist. Walk your hands out and tuck your knees until the ball is under your shins. Keeping your core tight, push your legs back straight to roll the ball back up to your waist. Repeat.
Stability Ball Transfer
Lay on the floor, arms above your head. Squeeze the stability ball between your feet. Keeping your core tight, lift the ball to hip level. Lift your shoulder blades and raise your arms to transfer. Lower your arms and legs to the start position, without losing form.
Resistance Band Hip Extension
Start on all fours, with the band around the sole of one foot and one end in each hand. Lift the knee and push the foot out behind you to straighten your leg.
Resistance Band Lateral Step Replace
Start with the band under both feet, one end in each hand. Feet shoulder width apart. Keeping your core tight, step one leg sideways to stretch the band. Step with the other leg to bring both feet back under your shoulders. Repeat until time to change direction.
Now that you've sweat, sit back and watch Serena behind the scenes as she films her NTC workout.
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