The 5 Most Oddly-Named Exercises

Me: “This move is called Sunrise, Sunset.” Client: “Oh, funny. I was in Fiddler on the Roof many years ago. I didn’t realize it would come back to haunt me in this form.” During Sunrise Sunset, you lie face-up with arms and legs extended toward the ceiling and a stability ball in your hands. You open, lowering arms and legs toward the floor, then close and pass the ball from hands to ankles. Then, you open again, and repeat, passing the ball from hands to ankles each time. Then, you whine and cry and flop around in pain. It’s a challenging move. One can see why this move is called Sunrise, Sunset, because as you pass the stability ball from hands to feet and open long each time, the ball arcs like a sunrise and a…. well, a sunset. And it’s beyond me to come up with a name that’s any better and doesn’t involve complicated lingo. I suppose I could call it “ab and hip  and shoulder extension with pull-over utilizing stability ball.” Huh? Exactly. My client’s comment made me chuckle, and made her lose her focus, but it got me thinking about all the other ridiculously named exercises out there. So I did a little brainstorming and a little digging and came up with my top 5 most oddly-named exercises. 1) DIPSTICKS – aka Pistol Squats I love dipsticks! I do. To me, they are the ultimate leg exercise and this move also challenges your balance and agility, which means you’re building a strong core. Whenever I see a pistol squat variation, I almost have to try it....