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I Tried The Crazy-Looking Device Kate Hudson Uses to Tone Her Entire Body

Meet the HydroCore bag. - by Kristin O’Brien

by | Sep 17, 2021

I have been a movement coach specialising in unconventional training modalities for quite a while, and I thought I had seen it all until I came across the HydroCore bag around 8-months ago.

Kate Hudson, who took to Instagram to share a new workout she’s been doing, filmed herself spinning with what seemed to be a water-filled device, around her head in circles, with direction from her trainer Brain Nguyen. “This gives ‘staying centered’ a whole new meaning for me,” she writes in her caption. “First time taking this for a ride, definitely not the last.”

I am a big fan of any weight that throws your body off balance and forces your core to kick in, and will often use sand bags or a mace in order to achieve this, but the HydroCore bag is unlike any other training tool I have ever used – so I had to try it.
Here’s how it went.

Changeable weight 

The unique, water fillable design allows one to easily adjust the weight to fit their ability.  It was quickly apparent that I did not require a lot of weight to get a phenomenal workout as the movement of the water adds an element of difficulty that requires full body engagement. 

Encourages correct movement 

The moving water within the bag gives immediate feedback that lets you know if you are moving correctly or not.  Whether your goal is to keep the water still, allow it to flow or force it to crash, the water does not lie.  

The clear belly of the bag also allows you to use the water as a visual aid that teaches us how to move.  It will expose errors and imbalances in your movement patterns! 

The HydroCore’s soft make up and easily adjustable load make it the perfect tool to learn complex swing patterns and introduce rotational strength.   One must learn to work with the movement of the water to create a smooth execution.  There is also a great deal of carry over into other modalities such as bulgarian bags, mace,  clubs, kettlebells, ropes and even barbells making it a very versatile weight.

It’s easy to transport

Having every weight from a kettlebell, to a mace and a sand bag with you can take up a lot of space, whereas the HydroCore can be filled and then emptied making it easier to store it and easier to travel with. Therefore it is a good option for people who like to bring their equipment and train outdoors or travel with it. 

I originally purchased the Hydrocore as a lighter alternative to a bulgarian bag. I quickly learned that it is it’s own beast with it’s own unique set of values. 

Hydrocore is also now available in Australia. You can purchase one by reaching out to them via the HydroCore Australia instagram page.

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

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Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

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Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

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Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

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Spiritual Gangster

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