Stridefit

StrideFit Stage 3A
Weeks 7 - 9

Welcome to Stage 3 – you’re now over half way through the Rohan StrideFit plan!

We’ll now be stepping things up a notch - increasing each exercise to 60 seconds.

A. Mobility and Rolling

B. Strength Circuit

• Walking Lunge with arm lift

• Fast Sit to stand

• Press Ups

• Reverse Flyes

• Single leg Squat right

• Single leg squat left

• Horizontal face pulls

• Straight Arm Pull Throughs

• Plank

• Get Ups

C. Stretch

Walking Lunge with arm lift

Keep the chest lifted and shoulders back. Take a large stride forwards, at the same time lift the arms above the head. Step the feet back together and lower the arms. Repeat for the other side as you travel forward.

Fast sit to stand

Sit on a bench/seat; keep the arms out in front of you. Push through the legs into a standing position, sit back down. Repeat.

Press ups

Assume a face down position on the ground with palms of hands on the floor under the shoulders and legs extended with the balls of your feet touching the ground keeping your body straight. Raise yourself up using your arms maintaining a stable torso. Lower your torso to the ground until your elbows form a 75-degree angle, and then raise yourself back up by attempting to push the ground away from you. For an easier version keep your knees on the floor.

Reverse Flyes

From a standing position holding a band put your arms straight out in front of you, palms facing down. Pull the band apart as much as you can, adjusting the tension by moving the hands closer together (heavier) or further apart (lighter).

Single Leg Squat

Stand on one leg. Place the hands on the hips. Bend the supporting leg and stick the bottom out as if you were going to sit down. Keep the chest lifted and make sure the knee stays behind the toe. Push through the leg back into a standing position. Repeat.

Horizontal Face Pulls

Stand with one foot in front of another and place the front foot over the centre of the resistance band. Keep the back straight with the arms by your side. Pull the resistance band towards your face with both hands. Keep the shoulders down. Lower and repeat.

Straight Arm Pulls Throughs

Stand with one foot in front of another and place the front foot over the centre of the resistance band. Keep the back straight with the arms by your side. Pull the band backwards with both hands, keep the elbows straight. Lower and repeat.

Plank

Lie face down with your elbows on the ground; elevate your body up keeping your weight distributed between your forearms and feet. Your elbows should be bent at a 90-degree angle. Keep your back straight with the hips raised off the floor. Squeeze the torso tight ensuring the body is parallel to the floor. Hold this position for as long as required.

Get ups

Start lying flat on your back. Lift the arms above the head and sit up then bend the knees and get up into a standing position, once upright, sit back down and return to the start position. Repeat.

Basic Plank

Lie face down with your elbows on the ground; elevate your body up keeping your weight distributed between your forearms and feet. Your elbows should be bent at a 90-degree angle. Keep your back straight with the hips raised off the floor. Squeeze the torso tight ensuring the body is parallel to the floor. Hold this position for as long as required.

Mobility and Rolling

These low-impact exercises are done at the start of each session. They’ll help to improve the range of motion in your joints and muscles, assisting in improving posture and preparing you for the next set of exercises in the programme.

Hip Flexor Reach

Kneel on the left leg with the right leg out in front and right foot flat on the floor. The front knee should be bent to 90 degrees and at 90 degrees to the hip. Push the hips forward and at the same time reach with your arms forward and up above your head. The torso should be straight and upright. Keep your abs tight so you do not get unwanted movement in the lower back. Repeat on the other side.

Spiderman

Start in a press up position making sure your abs stay tight and that your hands are beneath your shoulders. Bring your right foot up to the outside of your right hand. Try to maintain a straight back by bringing your chest up as you step forward with the foot. Hold this position for 2-3 seconds and then repeat on the other leg. You should feel this stretch on the inner thigh and hip area. Repeat for set number of repetitions.

Lying T-spine Rotations

Lie on your side and bend your hips to 45 degrees and your knees to 90 degrees. Stack your shoulders and hips on top of each other. Slide your shoulder blades down your back and away from your ears. Keeping your neutral pelvis and shoulder blade position, open your chest by reaching the uppermost arm towards the ceiling. Continue to reach this arm out to the side allowing the upper body to rotate and the chest to open to the ceiling. Slowly rotate the arm and upper body back to the starting position and repeat. Repeat on the other side.

Wall Angel

Stand with your back against a wall and your feet a step forward. Roll your pelvis forwards and backwards until you are happy that you have found your mid-position (neutral pelvis). Keeping your shoulders down, raise your arms above shoulder height and with your palms facing away from you, create a Y shape. Holding this position, pull the lower points of the shoulder blades down and in whilst bringing your elbows down towards your sides. Try to keep your arms and hands as close to the wall as possible. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat.

Lower Back/Glute Rotation

This stretch should be felt along the side of the torso and into the side of the abdomen. Lie on your back, arms outstretched on each side of the body. Bend the right knee and bring up to hip height. Keep the left leg straight; take the right knee across to the left side of the body keeping the hip and knee at a 90-degree angles. Repeat on the opposite side.

Iliotibial Band (ITB) Rolling

Lie down on your side supporting your upper body with your hands on the floor. Position the roller underneath your outer thigh and rest your weight on the roller. Now move along the floor allowing the roller to move along your outer thigh from the hip to the knee and back again. Keep as much pressure on the roller as you can manage. Some mild discomfort should be expected.

T-spine

Lie down on your back with the roller underneath and across your upper back. Keep your feet flat on the floor and place hands behind the head to support and protect the neck. Move slowly back and forth allowing the roller to roll underneath your upper back from the top of the hips and up to the lower neck.

Glute Rolling

Sit back with the roller lying underneath and across your buttocks. Support your upper body with your hands behind you on floor and place one foot on the opposite knee. Shift your bodyweight onto the side of the bent leg and roll back and forth with as much of your bodyweight on the roller as possible. Repeat on the opposite side.

Leg Swings

Stand sideways onto a wall or bench with your weight on your left leg and your right hand on the wall for balance. Swing your right leg forward and backwards, maintaining a straight back.

Leg Swings Lateral

Leaning slightly forward with both hands on a wall or bench and your weight on your left leg, swing your right leg to the left in front of your body, pointing your toes upwards as your foot reaches its furthest point of motion, then swing back to the right. Repeat to the other side.

Standing Hamstring

Start by stepping forward with your right leg toes pointing up locking your leg out. Then bend at the waist and lean forward until you feel a nice stretch in the hamstrings. Repeat on the other side.

Glute/ITB using Bench

Standing in front of a bench step one foot up and externally rotate the hip so that the inside of the foot is facing upwards with the weight resting on the outer foot and the knee bent. Slowly lower your body by bending the back leg until your feel a stretch around the hip of the elevated leg and along the outside of the thigh.

Hip Flexor

This stretch should be felt in the front of the hip. Kneel on the left leg with the right leg out in front and right foot flat on the floor. The front knee should be bent to 90 degrees and at 90 degrees to the hip. Lean forwards tilting the hips forward. The torso should be straight and upright. Repeat on the other side.

Lower back

Lie on your back and pull your knees in towards your chest keeping your head on the floor. Continue to pull in until your feel a gentle stretch on the lower back.

Calf Muscles

This stretch should be felt in the back of the lower leg. Stand near a wall or sturdy object to help you balance. Bring one leg forward for support. Your outstretched leg should form one straight line behind you. With both feet facing forwards, shift forward from the ankle joint until a stretch is felt in the calf. Repeat on the other side.

Inner Thigh

Stand with a wider than shoulder width stance with your toes pointing forward. Slowly lean to one side by bending the knee on that leg while keeping the other leg straight. Keep going until you feel a stretch reflex on the inside of the thigh of the straight leg.

Cat Stretch

Kneel down on the floor, place your hands slightly forward of your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips. Roll your pelvis forwards and backwards until you are happy that you have found your mid-position (neutral pelvis). Push up through the shoulder blades rounding the upper back, feeling a stretch between the shoulder blades. Push down and try to push the upper back through the middle of the chest without rounding the lower back.

Rotational Spine

Lie on your back with your arms outstretched to your sides. Bend your knees up towards the waist and slowly lower your legs to one side keeping your shoulder blades pressed into the floor. Repeat on the other side.

Upper Chest/Lat Stretch

Placing your hands on a wall or the back of a bench, slowly sit back by bending the knees taking care to keep your back straight, until your arms and body are straight. With your arms now out in front of you, sit back into the stretch so that you feel a gentle pull down the outside of your torso.

Quad Stretch

This stretch should be felt along the front of the thigh. Stand up straight, bend one knee and grasp just above the ankle pulling the heels up towards the backside. Keep the supporting knee slightly bent, and tilt the hips forward, keeping the stretched leg in-line with the supporting leg. Repeat on the other side.