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Exercise of the Week – Stability Ball Preacher Curl

Target Muscles: Isolated Biceps.

Stability Ball Preacher Curl 01 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Kneel down and support yourself leaning forward across your stability ball, holding a dumbbell in each hand and elbows resting against the ball, as shown.

Stability Ball Preacher Curl 02 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Then slowly raise the dumbbells up, until you have completed your full range of motion, then lower the dumbbells slowly back to the starting position.

Repetitions: 8-12

Sets: 2-4

A simple isolation exercise helping provide strength and definition to your upper arms. The stability ball provides a comfortable position to perform this exercise at home avoiding any requirement for expensive bench equipment.

Exercise of the Week – Sparring

Target Muscles: Cardiovascular (Aerobic), Shoulders, Arms & Core.

Sparring - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Ensure that you position your legs into a stable stance when throwing punches, and for best results, really drive through with the punch to engage your core rather than just your arm and shoulder muscles.

This is a great home cardio exercise when the punches are performed in quick succession, and I would recommend you invest in some gloves and pads (I use light kickboxing ones) but cushions or pillows work equally well. The best thing is that you can really release some aggression when working with a partner, though I bear no legal responsibility if you happen to take it too far!

Question Time – Olive Oil?

As promised, here’s the first response in the new “Your Questions?” section.

Q – Is olive oil fine to consume if I am on a diet?

A – The answer to this is yes, it really is fine, and olive oil has some major health benefits. Studies have shown it can help protect you against heart disease and certain cancers. Plus Olive oil is a mono-unsaturated fat that also helps lowers bad cholesterol.

But just be aware that it still contains 9kcal per gram, and don’t be taken in just because a product says “light” olive oil, as it has the same number of calories as normal olive oil. The real difference is that the “light” refers to purely colour and flavour.

One last thing, when using it, try not to let it start smoking as this causes the oil to change its chemical structure. This can be very nasty for the body because it will clog the joints and arteries.

Thanks to Caroline M from Flackwell Heath, UK who posed this one.