October 08, 2017

Our most recent recruit to the Botanic Lab champions league is Elissa El Hadj, former pro dancer and tennis player, personal trainer and founder of boutique fitness studio FORM in Notting Hill.  We've been big fans of Elissa's training style and signature workout METcore since we discovered FORM during its launch two and a half years ago.

Elissa was born with a strong core, well almost;  she began practising pilates with her Mum (a former ballerina with NYC ballet) when she was only five years old.  Elissa began teaching twelve years ago and devised her signature METcore workout whilst she was living in LA.   Taking the core alignment principles of pilates and combining with plyometrics and HIIT, this workout is not for the faint-hearted but it builds incredible strength for the whole body.

Elissa has devised this 20-minute core TRX workout especially for us which combines all the elements necessary to build strength and get results.

"The ideal training approach should combine all aspects; strength, core, cardio and resistance with the aim of delivering inner and outer results. The TRX is my go to piece of equipment for this as it works the entire body. It comes everywhere with me as you can easily sling it over a tree in the park or on holiday and really soak up the rewards of exercising in nature."

Aim to practice this sequence 3 times a week and you will see and feel the results in no time at all.

If you don't have access to a TRX we've included a strength building plank series that you can do without equipment.   Perform each exercise for 60 seconds, building up to 2 minutes.

Repeat 3 times.

Important: Warm up the joints first

We lose mobility in the groin from sitting all day so it's really important to mobilise the hips and groin before we start lunging. Some low squats, twisting from side to side will open up the groin and warm up the knees.