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Men's Health (UK) - - Tribal Allegiance -

To pre­vent a pre­ma­ture fit­ness KO, it’s es­sen­tial to open up the front of your body. A looser chest and core will give you a much greater range of mo­tion and help you put more power be­hind your punches. Take five min­utes pre-spar­ring ses­sion to per­form th­ese yo­gic pos­tures rec­om­mended by Husler. Hold each one for as long as you’re able to in or­der to leave un­even pos­ture on the ropes.

1/ TWIST­ING FOLD

Ease that tight spine. Stand with your feet wide and hinge at the hips, plac­ing one palm on the floor ( A). Keep­ing arms and legs locked, twist at the hips, and lift the other hand to the sky ( B). Try to float like a but­ter­fly, then switch sides to help you sting like a bee.

2/ PEC MI­NOR RE­LEASE

One of the tight­est parts of the body for com­bat sport en­thu­si­asts is the pec mi­nor, but this stretch hits it. Stand side-on and place your palm flat against a wall. Twist away, keep­ing your hand flat and chin tucked ( A). Hold for as long as you can, then switch sides ( B). You’re sec­onds out from round­ing out your ROM.

3/ LUNGING BACK BEND

Pretty much the op­po­site of pro­tect­ing your­self from a punch, this stretches the en­tire front of your body while strength­en­ing your weak lower back. Raise your arms above your head, step out into a lunge ( A) and slowly reach back­wards, bring­ing your palms over your rear an­kle ( B). Now stand up and start fight­ing.

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