Margie WeissMargie Weiss has been in the fitness industry all of her life, having been a national gymnast as a child, and mother/trainer to three international athletes. Owner-coach of MG Gymnastics, her team produced international stars for 15 years. Former owner of 2 Gold's Gym franchises, Margie is also a certified personal trainer, specializing in youth sports conditioning. She has trained international athletes, including her children. Her son, Michael, is a 2-time US Olympic figure skater and 3-time US National Champion. Currently, she is GGX (Group exercise director & instructor) for 3 Gold's Gyms, where one of her programs boasts 500 classes per month; she supervises 175 instructors. Having published many articles in the fitness field, she enjoys seeing progress in each of her participants. But the things that makes her most proud of the lives she has affected are her 5 grandchildren, all of whom live very close. Seeing their smiles makes every day worth smiling about!
I'm Margie Weiss and this is Fixit Zone Fitness for women. This exercise that we're going to do, I like to do last because its a multigroup exercise, which means it takes a lot of groups of muscles and works them all out at the same time. Its really good for core stability, for glutes, for hamstrings, everything from the knees to the belly. So, what we're going to do is have the girls lift their hips up off the ground, about an inch. Object is to take the belly and press downwards, its a pelvic tilt. Notice that the knees and the feet are shoulder width apart. So, we're going to press downwards and then release a little bit. Press down, breathe out, and release a little bit. The rear end never quite touches the floor as it goes down and in. You can do it slow or you could do it pulsing, where you go squeeze and squeeze and squeeze and squeeze. Now, that's position number one that you might want to do for 30 seconds to a minute. Then you're going to take the knees and press them together. Your feet remain apart. Same action, the pelvic tilt, where you're pressing your belly down as if somebody is punching you in the stomach. When your back rounds obviously you're going to see the curve at the hips. You're going to do that one maybe 30 seconds, if you get tough, maybe a minute. Once you've done that you're going to bring your feet together, so you have your knees and your feet together. Same thing, pressing down and lifting, pressing down and again, the same 30 seconds to a minute as you get better. Fourth and last position is going to be to turn your toes out. So, your heels are together. Its like first position. You're pressing down and you're lifting, that's the slow. If you want to pulse, you do a little faster, one and two. Range of motion; when you pulse is less. You can also do what's called an isometric, which is a squeeze and freeze, where you don't do anything but hollow the back and hold. Even though your movements are still, youre not moving anything at all, youre still getting a workout. If your legs shake, because this is the last exercise you've done in the leg workout and the glute workout, that's a good thing. It means that youve worked the muscles.
Now, we have to stretch them out at the end, so we lower the hips, and we're going to cross one leg over the knee. You're going to reach straight through so that you grab your calf and you're going to draw the legs into the chest. You can round your back and lift your head a little bit if you want, or you can keep it on the ground, but this is going to stretch the glutes.
Now, because we've used both legs, we're going to switch legs here and stretch out the other glute. Crossing the legs, knee goes up, stretch through and retract for the calf, and pull on in and around your back. Youre going to really feel a nice long stretch to the glute, and then you're going to slowly drop it back down and roll yourself on over. You may want, right at the end, once youve rolled yourself over, to round your back a little bit, stretch it right up here through the lower back, hands going to thighs, to bring yourself on up. That would be the final exercise perhaps in a fixit workout, because it does so much exercise for so many of the body parts; from the waist down to the knees.