Our advisory teaching points are designed to enhance your enjoyment of active imagery, to safely optimise your exercise technique and to maximise the benefits of your performance.

A neutral spine

refers to keeping your back straight with your head, neck and spine aligned to protect both your neck and back.

Stand tall

refers to having a neutral spine, with your shoulders back, head up and your eyes looking straight ahead.

Head level

refers to having your neck and spine aligned, your eyes looking straight ahead.

Contracted, tight
or braced abdominals

refers to pulling in your abdominal muscles to help maintain a neutral spine, protecting your lower back.

Core muscles

refer to your abdominal and back muscles, which support your spine.

Pelvis tucked under

refers to pulling in your abdominal muscles and tilting your pelvis slightly upwards, to protect your lower back.

Feet hip width apart

requires you to stand up straight with your feet facing directly forwards, approximately hip width apart.

Feet shoulder width apart

requires you to stand up straight with your feet facing forwards or at a slight angle outwards, approximately shoulder width apart.

 

Soft knees

refers to keeping a slight bend in your knees to avoid putting too much strain through your knee joints, protecting your hips, spine and lower back.

Soft elbows

refers to keeping a slight bend in your elbows to avoid excess strain through your elbow joints.

A dumbbell

or free weight is a short bar with a weight at each end.

A barbell

is a long metal bar to which varying weights are added.

 
 

Parallel bars

is a pair of parallel rails on posts (used in gymnastics).

Body balance and symmetry

it is recommended that both the left and right hand side of the body are exercised equally.