The woodchop is a great exercise for both the upper and lower body and helps create a strong core. It can be performed holding a dumbbell or medicine ball in your hands. Always start with a smaller weight and work your way up.

To do this exercise, first make sure that you have a good grip on the dumbbell or medicine ball. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Hold your hands just to the outside of your left knee in a squat position and engage your core. In one movement pull your arms past your right shoulder as your torso rotates to the right. Then, return to the starting position. Complete several reps on one side and then do the same amount of reps on the other side starting on the outside of your right knee and rotating your torso to your left.

In these photos, PWC member Kathy does the woodchop exercise with personal trainer Sarah Mahoney.

Learn this exercise and more with the help of a personal trainer from PWC! A trainer can design a program to best meet your individual fitness needs and help you achieve your goals.

To get started today, fill out a personal training inquiry at the Front Desk or contact Fitness Manager Patrice Barklund at 540-445-5395.