Let’s Be Fair & Call A Spade A Spade

27 Feb

by Phillip Tomlinson


Talk  about licking your wounds in admiration!

Six hundred meters above the base of the Tepoztlan valley in Mexico.  That was where I found myself licking those wounds much more than a few years ago.

It was an arduous climb up those craggy cliffs to Tepozteco Pyramid, an ancient structure dedicated to Ometochtli-Tepoxtécatl, the Aztec god of pulque — an ancient and once sacred alcoholic beverage.

But, forget about exhaustion or a thirst-quenching bottle of pulque!

Instead, I definitely could have used a boost to my battered ego from good, old Ometochtli-Tepoxtécatl.

Yes, I was nursing my wounds in admiration after Tepoztlan locals, twice my age, with better-conditioned core muscles, blew by me on the way up in what seemed like a daily routine.

Matter-of-factly leaving me in the dust and adding insult to injury by passing me on their way back down as I completed my ascent. 

Yup, the altitude was a definite factor, but let’s be fair and call a spade a spade:  Those core muscles also needed some work.

How regularly do you really take your core muscles for a drive?

If you have to think about it, then you wouldn’t fare too well going up that mountain and since, we’re only as strong as our weakest link, that news is a bit dire.

Of course, for many of us, that weak link is our core — the key to the functional fitness we need for everyday life.

Ready to start climbing for a good or better set of core muscles? 

Then check out the routine in the BodinSync Prescription below.




Mountain Climber 1

  1. Place your hands on the side of a weight bench, assuming a push-up or plank position with your feet straight out behind you on the ground.
  2. bend one leg, bringing your knee up toward your chest as in diagram.
  3. Place that foot back on the floor as you, alternately bringing the other knee up toward your chest.
  4. Replacing one leg with the other in this manner will simulate a walking or climbing motion.
  5. Count out 20 steps — 10 on each leg — and rest for 10 seconds.  That’s one complete routine.  Work your way up to four of these before trying “Mountain Climber 2 below.  

Mountain Climber 2

  1. Follow steps one to three in “Mountain Climber 1
  2. Now, instead of walking, do the repetitions using a slow jog.
  3. At the end of 20, hold your position with one leg on the ground and one arm off the bench.  In other words, if your right leg is on the ground, lift your left hand from the bench.
  4. balance and hold for a count of 10.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

TIP:  For a greater degree of difficulty, you may also first do a pushup on the bench in between bursts of 10 steps.   You may kill two birds with one stone by also using this as an interval cardio workout doing ten rounds of 1o repetitions. 

NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to nattydregs@aol.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $30.


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