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Hey, all. Hoje falo sobre os mais conhecidos tipos de exercícios físicos – abdominais, polichinelos e flexões de braço e perna, em inglês.
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So back when I lived in Brazil, I didn’t go to the gym at all. Sure, I signed up three or four times over the years but I never lasted longer than two months. I just didn’t like going to the gym. I’m not really sure what changed, but a couple of years ago, when I was already living in London, I thought it would be nice to start exercising regularly and maybe get a little stronger.
So that’s how I became a gym-goer, and today I’m gonna talk about some very common kinds of exercises – I’m sure you will recognise all of them. In order to better understand which exercise I’m talking about, look at the corresponding picture as you listen.
First, there’s the lunge. In order to do a lunge, you step forward, say with your left leg, and then you bend both your knees at the same time. Then you bring your leg back to the initial position and repeat the sequence with the right leg forward, and so on. Keep in mind that this is just a general description of the exercise, OK? If you’ve never done it, seek additional instruction before you try it ;-) So that’s the lunge for you. By the way, I can’t remember what we call a lunge in Brazil – please let me know in case you do.
Now here’s a very popular one: the press-up. Do you do press-ups? That’s when you get down on the ground, with your face down, and then you raise yourself, as though you were trying to push the floor away from you. There are a few different types of press-ups – and by the way, they’re also known as push-ups.
And here’s one that… it’s probably the first exercise I ever learned: the jumping jack. To do a jumping jack, you start off standing up with your feet together and arms alongside your body and then, as you jump, you move your feet out and raise your arms at the same time. Then you bring your arms down and your feet back together, and repeat the sequence. Can you remember doing jumping jacks as a child, maybe in your P.E. classes?
And then we also have lots of exercises to work our abs – the abdominal muscles. People working out often do sit-ups – that’s when you’re lying on your back with your knees bent, and then you tighten your abs and raise your body up towards your knees.
Tell me – do you go to the gym and if so, do you ever do lunges, press-ups, jumping jacks and sit-ups? Which one do you find the hardest? For me, personally, lunges are the hardest – especially when the teacher asks us to do jumping lunges. Sit-ups are usually the least difficult ones for me. What about you? Let me know in the comments, and talk to you next time!
say, with your left leg… = digamos, com a sua perna esquerda
P.E. = physical education
knees bent = joelhos flexionado
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