This easy 5 min workout tones your core FAST

Eva RedpathWhilst on a work trip to NY Nike kindly invited me to train at their exclusive 45 Grand Studio in Soho. Not only was I impressed with the incredible space, but I was over the moon when I was greeted by Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath who flew up from Toronto just to train ME.

So what did we get up to? Eva prepared a special yoga sequence that you all can do (even in the comfort of your own home) to tone and strengthen the core.

Keep watching to see our video together…

Q: What areas of the body does the yoga sequence aim to tone?

The dance inspired yoga low is designed to test your balance and provide total body conditioning while improving overall strength and flexibility. Chaturanga engages your arms, core and legs and flows into upward dog for an all over body stretch and strengthening. As the sequence transitions into single leg lifts and toppling tree, the flow works flexibility and control. The sequence not only tones the body but also the mind as you gain mental skills that are necessary for athletic performance through each pose.

Q: What’s the benefit of moving slow through the poses in this video?

When you keep your movement slow and controlled, your muscles work harder. By concentrating on your form and methodically moving through your different poses, you can recruit and target the supporting muscles giving you the long, lean look that you’re after.

Eva RedpathQ: What is your favourite go-to outfit when practicing yoga?

I like wearing the Nike Studio Wrap 4 when practicing yoga. The three-part footwear system (wrap, ribbon and flat) provides a better-than-barefoot experience that prevents slipping and bunched-up socks.  I also love the Nike Woven 2-in-1 Tank. The Dri-FIT fabric is designed to give you a full range of motion, and is extremely light, breathable and comfy.

Q: You mentioned you used to be a dancer. Do you think yoga and dance are aligned? 

Yes, I have a background in dance and actually am the creator and owner of one of Toronto’s leading women’s fitness groups, Body Conditioning By Dancers. My ultimate goal is to empower women to achieve their personal bests and reach new heights. I think yoga and dance are excellent activities because they both require flexibility, balance and focus while working many of the same muscles. Plus, most Yoga classes, if not all are, are choreographed sequences.

With thanks to…

Eva Redpath – Nike Master Trainer

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