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With so much to choose from when it comes to fitness, we decided to zero in on five moves that cannot be missed. So we asked three Gold's Gym Fitness Institute trainers to weigh in. Here are their picks.
Read on to see the 5 workout moves that our Gold's fitness experts think are definite do's for any trip to the gym.
For each move below, we suggest trying three sets of 10 reps.
Why: "Your glutes are the most important part of your core," Robert Reames, Gold's Gym Fitness Institute member and author of Make Over Your Metabolism, explains. "And if your glutes are strong, that helps your lower back and knees."
Why: "This move really helps to establish that power needs to come from the glutes and abdominals," says Adam Friedman, celebrity trainer and Gold's Gym Fitness Institute member. "Engaging the midsection in the movement first will help you to be more stable, strong and powerful when and where it's needed."
Why: "We constantly ignore the muscles we don't see in the mirror—a big mistake," Tracey Mallet, Gold's Gym Fitness Institute trainer and author of Super Fit Mama, explains. "It's important to counteract what most of us do every day, which is sit in front of a computer at a desk." To do that we need a strong back and core for better posture, and this move works all the extensors and the mid-upper back, glutes and hamstrings.
Why: "Works your whole body in one move, especially your arms and core," Mallet says "A strong core is really important—if your center is weak then the rest of the body will be weak."
Squat with medicine ball rotation
Why: "The most important thing is doing a correct squat," Reames says. "Then I add in the upper body rotation with a medicine ball to emphasize everyday-life movement."