Exercise Spotlight: Anti-Rotation Mountain Climber

Surprisingly, even after a fairly comprehensive YouTube search, I wasn’t able to find anything like today’s exercise. So I needed a name, and I had a seriously tough time coming up with one. I’m still debating, but I think I’m going to run with the Anti-Rotation Mountain Climber.

This name does a decent job of honing in on the primary focus of the movement (resisting rotation), but doesn’t quite encompass everything that’s going on. Really, it should be called the Band Resisted Single Leg Anti-Rotation Slider Mountain Climber. Or something ridiculously long and obnoxious.

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Exercise Spotlight: Low Band Lateral Lunge Pallof Press

Screenshot 2015-05-05 at 3.33.04 PMNote: Every other fitness writer out there seems to have a recurring series that highlights new or favorite exercises, so I thought I should follow suit. Today, we’re going to take a look at a variation of the Pallof Press.

The Pallof Press is a great anti-rotation movement – meaning your body has to fight to resist rotation – that has become extremely popular over the last five years. At this point, there are too many variations to count. So, obviously, we need to add more.

I’m sure today’s exercise isn’t a novel one, but it’s not something I’ve run across in my regular fitness reading. That being said, I thought I’d share it with you since I’m really enjoying it. It’s not a typical Pallof Press in that the resistance isn’t perpendicular to your body, but the same concepts still apply.

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