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Varun Dhawan aces short spine exercise on Pilates reformer, trainer shares a glimpse

Whether in a film role or his commitment to fitness, Varun Dhawan is always up for doing everything to perfection. It is not just us saying it but his fitness trainer too. Pilates trainer Namrata Purohit shared a glimpse of the Bhediya actor acing short spine exercise on the Pilates reformer.

“Just looking at you do the short spine exercise on the reformer Pilates makes my spine feel good,” Purohit shared on her Instagram Stories.

Let’s delve deep into the exercise.

Fitness expert Garima Goyal shared that the exercise is one in which “precise and coordinated movement is involved in engaging the core to articulate the spine“.

How to perform short spine exercise?

*You begin by rotating your legs to parallel.*Then, hinge your legs towards your chest and continuously lift your hips away from the carriage.*The reformer should be back at the stopper at this point. Then, you rotate your legs back to an external rotation and bend both knees.“While keeping your heels anchored, you articulate your upper body down. When you no longer can, you take the heels to the hips and press out back to the starting position. Repeat 3-5 times,” Goyal shared.

Why do it?

Stressing that the exercise enhances the body’s flexibility, especially in the area of lower back and hamstrings, Goyal said that by giving balance to the back muscles, this exercise helps in improving spinal alignment and developing spinal articulation.

“Gluteal and hamstring muscles of the legs are toned and strengthened by short spine exercise. Since balance is important at any age and necessary for everyday activities involving coordination, like walking, or any of life’s nonlinear movements, such as reaching up and twisting, the exercise improves balance and gait not only through core strengthening but because of its focus on alignment,” said Goyal.

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She elucidated that since the core is equally involved in this exercise to balance the body, this exercise strengthens the abdominal muscles too. “This exercise emphasises on the core — the center of the body from which all movement stems. The core is all of the surrounding muscles of the trunk that when strengthened and pliable, support and stabilise the body. Core strength is a key factor in decreasing back and hip pain, decreasing pelvic floor dysfunction, and is the area from which explosive movement derives, hence its nickname “the powerhouse,” shared Goyal.

varun dhawan Varun Dhawan on the Pilates reformer (Source: Namrata Purohit/Instagram Stories)

Goyal shared that Pilates targets the deeper abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor to both contract and release which is a true sign of strength. “Muscles work like a brace to lift and support the organs and protect and stabilise the back, thus reducing back pain,” said Goyal.

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