“I forced my husband to participate in Gal Gadot’s partner training, this is how it went”

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It started off promisingly whether or not they participated in 2.0 is another matter.

When Wonder Woman herself, or at least the actress who plays her, Gal Gadot hands her workout regimen down to one man, well, you trust her too.

This man, Magnus Lygdback is a personal trainer and also a nutritionist and not only helps superheroes get back in shape but also celebrities such as Katy Perry, Michelle Rodriquez, Harry Styles and James McAvoy.

While initially the thought of participating in one of Lydgback’s workouts seemed completely overwhelming to me (I mean hello, he trains Wonder Woman), I then saw that he had recently partnered up with Michelob. ULTRA to develop a fitness program specifically focused on non-celebrity inspiration to get in shape.

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Since my husband, Matt and I are part of this demographic (vs. Lydgback shared with Form and forcing my husband to do it with me, might be the way to start.

This is how it happened.

First, I spent about three days convincing my husband who, other than his bike, doesn’t “practice” to join me. Eventually, he reluctantly agreed on the condition that he only had to do it once. After that, I was told, I should rope our girls up (even though they seemed more than willing to try, so maybe I should have tried them first).

Aside from my initial hiccups, the setup process was straightforward because apart from your partner you don’t need any equipment. In fact, some of the exercises you can do solo without even a reluctant partner (a future win for me).

How it works:

Partner training has three laps, each lap should be done three times with one minute rest between laps.

Circuit 1

Lunge walking – 20 repetitions in total; 10 per side.

Verdict: We have started well. A doable introductory exercise for both of us (and a little bit of hope that maybe this partner workout would work.)

Me: “So far, everything is fine.”

Matt: “It’s not that bad.”

Hand clap with knee pad

Verdict:Anything that involves the slightest coordination is the end of me, so the second exercise was not as easy as the introductory one and my hope started to fade.

Matt: “I don’t like this one that much.”

Me: “Oh no.”

The hollow wedge

This involves lying on your back with your trunk engaged and pelvis tucked in to protect your lower back with both arms extended above your head and your legs hovering above the ground for 45 seconds.

Verdict:

Matt: “What is this ?!

Me: “It’s burning!”

Circuit 2

When I read this tour two drills involved “skaters”, a “wheelbarrow” and a “sled partner push”, I knew Matt would never agree, so we went to Circuit 3.

Circuit 3

Chest thrust with rotation

This exercise involves using the weight and strength of your body to push you against each other in a sawing motion and it was one of our favorites.

Verdict: There isn’t much to do but you can still feel it working your muscles over the 20 reps (10 per side). Our only problem was our huge height difference (he is 194cm and I am 161cm) which was a bit difficult to overcome to perform the chest thrust.

Rear pull with rotation

This is similar to the sawing motion of the chest push, but instead Partner 1 pulls their arm back while Partner 2 resists the pull to create tension.

20 reps in total: 10 per side.

Verdict: Another win for both of us (although we had the same elevation problem).

Side elevation

The last exercise is the side elevation. This involves facing your partner with your arms at your sides by extending both arms out to the side at shoulder height, then gently pushing them up on both arms as you lift them out to the sides for 15 reps.

Verdict: Like the other two exercises in Circuit 3, this one was also found to be effective.

Although we ended on a high note, it wasn’t enough for Matt to agree to start over, but enough for him to talk to me at the end and I’ll take that as a win!

Shona Hendley is a freelance writer and former high school teacher. You can follow her on Instagram here.

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