By Brian Diaz
This movement requires an additional strap and a kettlebell in order to complete the exercise. This is a modification of the popular “land mine” exercise and is one of my favorites for the abdominals in a functional closed kinetic chain standing position.
Starting in the standing position and facing away from the TRX anchor point. Pick up the kettlebell which should be strapped in both handles of the TRX or another suspension system. Holding the kettlebell out in front of the body and slightly elevated at about head height, squat and rotate to the side allowing the feet to naturally lift and twist.
Controlling the kettlebell and slowing the motion eccentrically while contracting the abdominals, pause briefly at the bottom, and then start to bring the kettlebell back up to the starting position out in front of the body. Pause again to reset the foot position and then initiate the movement towards the opposite side.
The focus should on the movement. Almost like a rudimentary combination of the golf swing and throwing the discus. The idea is to control and move the kettlebell through the range of motion. Pick a lighter weight and make sure it doesn’t pull you or put too much of a strain on the low back in the transition part of the exercise.
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Brian Diaz is the head physical therapist and sports specialist at ActivEdge Fitness & Sports Performance. He is a Level II Certified TRX Suspension Trainer and a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. Follow him on Twitter (@JediTriathlete) or go to his website at ExperienceTheEdge.com for more exercise ideas.