5 Drills to Greatly Improve Your Core Strength from Dr. Reef

5 Drills to Greatly Improve Your Core Strength from Dr. Reef

Dr. Sharif Tabbah, aka “Dr. Reef,” is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and co-founder of Athletix Rehab & Recovery in South Florida.  Dr. Reef began his career in the fitness industry back in 2003 when he became a personal trainer at New York Sports Club. His time there sparked a passion for fitness and led him to a career in physical therapy. 

His unique approach to fitness has led to him working with hundreds of professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and many more. Dr. Reef places emphasis on balance and dynamic core stability, which helps with rehab and injury prevention. Below you can find five of his favorite drills that work on strengthening your core and improving your balance.

DUAL CRUNCH KICKS: Make sure each kick is deliberate so that you don’t shift the ball. Hands should be shoulder-width apart and back should be straight.

OVERHEAD SLAM: Bring the medicine above your head each time. Do not slam the medicine ball into the ground. Keep your back as straight as possible throughout the entire exercise.

BALANCED CRUNCH KICKS: This should be a controlled movement. Make sure not to wildly kick your leg out. Hold your leg in the starting position briefly following each extension.

BALANCED PLANKING: Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Focus on not letting your hips drop or shift.

WEIGHT SHIFT WHILE PLANKING: Keep your feet shoulder-width apart while balancing on the ball. Your back and core should be as flat as possible. Make sure you use a weight you are comfortable with.

For more workouts check out @Doctor_Reef and @Athletixrehab on Instagram or athletixrehab.com where he is always posting new and challenging unique workouts. You can also find some of Dr. Reef’s favorite gear that will keep you comfortable and get the most out of your workout when you shop his Eastbay gift guide.

Improve your Agility with Ashley Guarrasi

Improve your Agility with Ashley Guarrasi

Ashley Guarrasi is a personal trainer specializing in boxing fitness and functional movement. Over the past ten years she has become a well-known name in the boxing fitness community, establishing residency at the Equinox West Hollywood gym training celebrity clients, and leading health and wellness retreats around the country.

As a personal trainer with a boxing background, Ashley knows how important agility is to any and every athlete. Below are three of her favorite drills to enhance your agility and quickness.

Drill #1 – Fast Feet

All you need for this drill is four cones and a strong work ethic. Ashley utilizes this drill to get her heart rate up while helping improve her speed with quick and repetitive movements. This drill will also strengthen your joints, ligaments, and tendons.

 

Drill #2 – Toe Taps

Any drill where you combine footwork, speed, and movement in different directions is great for improving agility, but this one is especially easy to set up and perform. All you need is a line or slightly elevated surface to use as your baseline point. This exercise really helps your quick twitch muscles fire rapidly so you can create that burst of speed you need for any sport.

 

Drill #3 – High Knees with Ladder

This high knee drill exaggerates your running stride to fire up your calves, glutes, and hamstrings while promoting knee lift and encouraging rapid turnover. It’s a great way to practice running fast while improving your speed using efficient form.

 

Ashley relies on the top training gear to work as hard as she does in the gym. To see her top training product picks click here or visit eastbay.com.