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Quick low impact stability exercises

It's hard to believe we are just about one month away from Spring Break. That means it's time to get right, and get tight. If you're tired from running on the treadmill or your mundane New Year's exercises, here are some quick stability exercises to rejuvenate your routine.

Since these are body weight exercises you will do more reps than normal. Doing 15-20 reps of each exercise with a total of four rounds each will be a great quick workout. Most of these are stability exercises, but you will definitely feel these arms and shoulders. On the abductors side leg raise, you will do 15-20 on each leg.

Shoulder Taps: These aren't your ordinary should taps. Your body will be in a plank position, but while your feet are flat against the wall. It's different, low impact, but you will feel the burn in the arms. Be sure to try not to move your hips side to side

Abductor side leg raise: Grab a bench at the gym. Put your body in a table top position over the bench. Straighten one leg and lift slowly and back down slowly (video is sped up), 15-20 reps on each side.

Wall inch worms: Starting in a plank position, however with feet flat against the wall. Inch worm your way up the wall and then back down. You will not only feel this one in your arms, but your gluteus maximus.

One arm, one leg, alternating hip dips: I would suggest to watch the video above on this one (:42 seconds in).

Knee to elbow: Back to your non-traditional plank position. Plank position with feet against the wall and holding your body up right, tuck to elbow, same knew to same elbow, repeat 20 reps. You're going to love your arms at the end of this entire workout.

Hip bridge with alternating adductor lifts: This triple threat is a great exercise to end on. This exercise will actually help strengthen your adductors (inner thigh) as well as your abductors (outer thigh). And even better your CORE.

Be sure to check out my video above to get a peek on these exercises. All you need is a wall and a bench and you're set!

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Houston loses first game to Oakland

A's end losing streak against Astros with late homers

Lance McCullers Jr. went five innings of one-run ball Friday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After maintaining their stronghold against the A's in Thursday's home opener, the Astros had the chance to lock up the three-game series victory against Oakland with a win on Friday night. On the mound, Lance McCullers Jr. hoped to improve upon his first start against this same team, a five-inning one-run outing.

Instead, he would have the same outcome, once again lasting five innings while allowing one run, before a big tie-breaking home run late in the game would push Oakland out of their losing skid against the Astros.

Final Score: A's 6, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-2, tied for first in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yusmeiro Petit (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (1-1)

McCullers Jr. makes it through five

McCullers Jr. looked sharp through the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners, one on a second-inning single, then a walk in the third. Oakland did better against him the second time through their order in the fourth, with Jed Lowrie leading the inning off with a solo home run to put Oakland in front 1-0.

They went on to load the bases with one out on an error and two walks, but McCullers would strand them all. He returned for the fifth, a much cleaner inning where a caught stealing by Martin Maldonado would help him face just three batters. His final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 88 P.

Oakland gets homer-happy to even the series

McCullers Jr. would leave the game without being eligible for the winning or losing decision, as an RBI-groundout by Kyle Tucker in the fourth would have it tied 1-1. Bryan Abreu was the first out of Houston's bullpen, and he would attempt to eat up multiple innings. He had perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, retiring six A's in order to maintain the stalemate.

Abreu remained in the game in the top of the eighth, allowing a single before getting a strikeout, ending his run as Dusty Baker would bring in left-handed Blake Taylor. Taylor would give up a single against his first batter, then a loud go-ahead three-run home run to Matt Olson to push the A's back in front 4-1. They'd add two more insurance runs off of Joe Smith in the top of the ninth, getting a two-run home run by Mark Canha to extend the lead to 6-1.

Oakland's bullpen would hold on to the newly created lead, allowing just one run on a sac fly by Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth, finally ending their losing streak against Houston and setting up the rubber game on Saturday to be for the series victory.

Up Next: This series's finale will be a Saturday afternoon start, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM. For the Astros, Jose Urquidy (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will look to get a win on the board, while Oakland will hand the ball to Frankie Montas (0-1, 23.63 ERA).

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