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Six Core Moves to Make Yourself

Whether you Make Yourself bold, brave, beautiful, strong, tough, true, fit or flexible, we all share common ground. We all set private personal goals -- whether we’re going for the ultimate victory, or stepping into the gym for the first time after a long season away. We all train.

This is a call to arms and legs, thighs, abs, and feet. A call to strength, flexibility, balance, and peace of mind. This is a call to speed and power, beauty and harmony. And this call ultimately starts with a simple number, six.

That’s the number of core moves we use no matter what your sport. They go to the heart of developing strength, stability, stamina, flexibility and range of motion. They’re not the exercise of the month or the season, but they’re the basis of all training.

We asked Nike athletes and trainers to examine the way they train, isolate each move and look for the commonalities in their range of motion. Our designers then used innovation and design to develop a collection of footwear and apparel that enhances each move by providing zero distraction and technological details that are hidden in the beauty of a unique design aesthetic.

The SPRING 2012 WOMEN'S TRAINING COLLECTION is the ultimate uniform to stand before your goals, take hold of them and own them on your terms. It’s not dictated by a season that looms or weather. There is no calendar that can tell you when to start, or a singular point in time when it becomes all or nothing.  It’s personal. It’s powerful. It’s every day or any day.

Pull, Push, Lunge, Squat, Bend and Rotate…Don’t make a resolution, but make yourself.

Six Core Moves

Lunge: The perfect lunge takes stability and balance. Mimicking movements found in most sports, it’s the building block for running, jumping and propelling. Key to quick movement and core stability, it uses abs, butt, hips and thighs.

Squat: The king (or queen) of exercises, it requires everything from balance to support and traction. They each tap into the power of the move. It helps build core, back and lower body strength by engaging the body’s biggest muscles.

Push: To stay stable and get strong, the push helps strengthen the core and back. It helps alignment, stability, strength and traction by engaging muscles from the chest and arms through the back, core and legs. No wonder it’s called the perfect exercise.

Pull: Combining stability with range of motion it helps develop upper body strength, typically women’s weakest point. It also engages muscles in the arms and core.

Bend: take hold of them and own them on your terms. As you bend from the hips, the group of muscles that runs from your shoulders to lower  back to calves gets engaged. Whether you’re doing a downward dog or a dead lift, glutes, hamstrings and even the hip flexors at the front are all strengthened.

Rotate: Adds dimension, dynamism, and direction to all the core moves. We don’t just live (or move) in two dimensions, not just forward and back or side-to-side. Rotating requires shifting weight while developing core strength and stability throughout the body.

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