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  • Boomerang Help!

    Posted by xshellbearx on March 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Hello!

    I’m getting really frustrasted with the boomerang move, I’ve been able to do the Carousel move happily for a while now, but for some reason it hurts like hell trying to get my legs up and in position for the boomerang…

    Does anybody have any stretching tips, or even move tips so that I can finally get the spin?! (I just find my legs dont seem to be strong enough/ or want to bend out enough to get it properly!!)

    I also find that I cannot seem to get my legs back for the inverted v, and I think whatever I am doing wrong with the boomerang… I am also doing wrong during the inversion!

    Much Love
    Michelle
    xx

    polergirl replied 14 years, 2 months ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
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  • RoxyPink

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    It could be that you have overly tight hamstrings…or you are engaging the WRONG muscle groups! When doing the boomerang are you trying to lift your legs with your legs or with your core? You really want to focus lifting your legs with your core…the same goes for inverted v…yes both moves take some hip flexor strength but it’s primarily with your core. I recommend that you work on doing your inverted V by slowly lifting into it…NO KICKING!! This causes you to really engage your core…and it never hurts to keep working on hammie flexability!! https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_biggrin.gif

  • amy

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    for the boomerang, if you tilt your hips up, it’s easier to hold the position =)

  • polergirl

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Here’s a great exercise to work the part of your core that helps hold you up once you’re in the boomerang or inverted V position: lay on the ground and hold one of those big exercise balls directly overhead. Slowly lift your legs toward you in a tucked position, then spread them to a V, tilt your hips, and continue to lift your hips until your feet are by your shoulders (or ears, if you are a lucky long-legged soul, lol).

    With your arms up holding the ball, you can’t use your body to swing or use momentum so it has to be your abs, and if you roll up at first in a tuck position your lower back will always retain contact with the floor….until you lift it off. So it’s also a "soft" and safe move to do for your body.

    I hope my description makes sense. Can video it if it’d be helpful. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_smile.gif

  • xshellbearx

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    first of all ladies… THANKS FOR SUCH SPEEDY REPLIES!!! god i LOVE this community!! xx

    Yeap, as I feared I was doing it wrong, I was trying to left with my legs and not my core, and I dont think I even considered tilting my hips!

    Polergrl, I’m gonna try your exercise for sure & If I have any problems I’ll definately check back in with you!

    Again… Thanks a million!!
    xoxo

  • Runemist34

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Hey there…I actually have the exact same issues! Core strength is…well below average, I would say…but after much practice and hardship, it’s actually getting better! I wanted to ask, however…tilting your hips which way? As in, forward so your spine becomes straight? I imagine this would be the most logical direction, but I wanted to ask anyways! https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_cheers.gif
    Also, Polergirl, I can actually almost get my knees by my ears, but not if my legs are straight! Straight legs, I can barely make a right angle at the hips. My hamstrings are SUPER tight! Any suggestions on how to make them…er, happier? https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_rolleyes.gif

  • xshellbearx

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I agree… my hammies dont seem to love me as much as i love them!!! xx

  • amy

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    tilt your hips so that your spine is curved and your hips are open to the ceiling (like you’re rocking back), imagine your belly button getting sucked in towards your spine.

  • Runemist34

    Member
    March 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    tilt your hips so that your spine is curved and your hips are open to the ceiling (like you’re rocking back), imagine your belly button getting sucked in towards your spine.

    Makes sense, thank you!

    I agree… my hammies dont seem to love me as much as i love them!!! xx

    I know what you mean! I keep trying and trying to stretch them, get into the splits…anything! But they don’t like me that much. It’s probably those hours and hours of sitting we/at least I do every day! https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_rolleyes.gif

  • MochaKat

    Member
    March 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Here’s a great exercise to work the part of your core that helps hold you up once you’re in the boomerang or inverted V position: lay on the ground and hold one of those big exercise balls directly overhead. Slowly lift your legs toward you in a tucked position, then spread them to a V, tilt your hips, and continue to lift your hips until your feet are by your shoulders (or ears, if you are a lucky long-legged soul, lol).

    With your arms up holding the ball, you can’t use your body to swing or use momentum so it has to be your abs, and if you roll up at first in a tuck position your lower back will always retain contact with the floor….until you lift it off. So it’s also a "soft" and safe move to do for your body.

    I hope my description makes sense. Can video it if it’d be helpful. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_smile.gif

    https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_question.gif so when you get your feet up by your shoulders or ears are you grabbing the ball with your feet/leg or continue to hold it up with your hands overhead.
    I have also been working on this move and I think I’m not engaging my core enough either.

  • polergirl

    Member
    March 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Continue to hold the ball up with hands, and hold your body in V position by engaging the heck out of your core. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_smile.gif You will have to engage because the ball is in your way, so you can’t just curl up to the point where the weight of your legs holds you, KWIM?

    There is a good exercise that involves holding the ball between your ankles and curling your body upward until the ball is over your head, but unless you already have a strong-ish core it’s tough to keep your lower back on the ground until you curl it up, so I don’t recommend that one until you’ve been working your core for a little while.

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