Lynne joins the NAC after years of training at Equinox in NYC.  Stop by and meet her next Friday and Saturday morning in the Adult Lounge! Until then she is sharing with us her favorite core moves!

We hear people talking about keeping your “core” strong all the time – but what does that really mean?  Your core is the region of the body made up by the abdominal wall, the pelvis, the lower back and the diaphragm.  It’s what stabilizes the body during movement.  Without a strong core the body can lose touch with each of its parts and cause injury.  Here are 5 ways to strengthen your core to maintain balance, muscle integrity, good posture and overall body awareness.

  1. Planks – both front and side planks are effective core builders.  They are full body
    exercises which means you’re recruiting more muscle fibers to maintain the position
    and build up your endurance.  The basic plank is a great start. Then, you can
    progress to more complex planks to up your game!                                                                                                                                                                                 side plankadv. side plank
    plankadv. plank
  2. Cable rotations – start at a low weight to make sure your form is on point and then
    go heavier as you become stronger.                                                                                                                                                                                                              cable 1cable 2
  3. Straight arm cable push down – this exercise not only forces you to develop your
    core strength, it also incorporates your lats and triceps to give you a tight upper body,
    front and back.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cable push 1cable push 2
  4. Glider mountain climbers – not just for cardio! Your whole body needs to get in
    gear as you create a rhythm for these alternating leg movements.                                                                                                                                                            ab sliders1ab sliders2
  5. TRX dives – this exercise can start on your knees and then progress to standing. Diving
    forward is easy, it’s the coming back that’s hard!                                                                                                                                                                                      knees trx 1knees trx2
    stand trx1stand trx2

Learn more about Lynne below:

1. What is your Name, Education, and Certifications?

Lynne Plotnick ~ B.S. Marketing, University of MD ~ NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

Pre-Post Natal, Kettle Bells, Equinox certified Pilates Mat, CPR/AED, TRX Suspension, Trigger Point Therapy


2. How did you first get involved in the fitness industry?

I needed a change from corporate sales and fitness was always an important aspect of my life.  I had friends who are personal trainers and I saw how happy they were every day in their jobs.  I decided to change my career path so I could help other people achieve their fitness and healthy lifestyle goals.


3. What types of fitness do you specialize in?

Overall strength training, aerobic conditioning, core strength and stability, and functional training.


4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Exercise!, read, watch movies, and sleep.


5. What are your favorite motivational tips?

Don’t try and change too much at one time.  Make progressions in small steps.  The only opinion that matters is your own.  Do YOUR best, not someone else’s.


6. Do you have a favorite HIIT workout, or cardio workout you do?

I love spin class because the general structure is interval based.  It’s all out effort during those pushes.


7. How do you plan to make lives better?

I hope to make exercise a fundamental and necessary part of my clients’ lives.  Living longer and better is the goal.  I want everyone to know that exercise isn’t a dirty word.  It’s meant to improve the quality of your existence from head to toe.  It starts with your mind and works its way out.