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Summer Shape Up Challenge: Warrior I

Demonstrated by Taylor Nelms

Warrior I – Start in mountain pose and slightly step apart so that your feet are roughly 4 feet apart. Raise your arms perpendicular to the floor and parallel to each other. Turn your left foot toward the right by 45 to 60 degrees. Turn your right foot to the right by about 90 degrees. Alight both of your heels and rotate your torso to the right. Bend your right knee over the right ankle so that your thigh is almost parallel to the floor. Reach your arms together and point toward the sky. Benefits: Builds core power in the rotation of the leg and when squaring up the hips. Your feet, hamstrings, quadriceps and glutes will become stronger at the same time. Tips: Avoid tipping the pelvis forward when you’re bending the front knee into the pose and be sure to extend your spine so you can get the most out of the stretch.