Since it’s Workout Wednesday, (yes, that was my little add-in) I thought it would be a great idea to mix it up a little bit. Instead of focusing on one area these three moves will focus on a bunch of muscles that will leave you feeling more satisfied and accomplished after your work out! They will also focus on areas that will make you look extra pretty at the beach.
It’s always nice to switch your routine up, and incorporate different moves into your exercise routine. You won’t get bored with different moves and you won’t end up rushing through your routine either. These moves are guaranteed to help you burn calories and tone up for the beach. I love how they focus on all different parts of your body so you can really appreciate the entire work out!
O Lay on your back with your legs straight up in the air and your feet pointed to the ceiling.
O Cross the right foot in front first, then cross the left leg in front, finally open to middle split (or as wide as you can) Then raise your legs back to the starting position. Repeat 16 times.
O Get into a plank position. Pull your right knee to your chest, then extend your leg back into the plank position and bring your left leg to your chest and back. Do this sequence — alternating between the left and right leg — 8 times. Rest and do it again.
O Get on your hands and knees, sitting back so your butt rests on your feet.
O Start lowering your head, scooping your back (think of a cat stretching), letting your butt lift off your feet. Then pull forward so that your back is straight with a slight arch. Pull back to your knees and do it all over again. Repeat 16 times.
Once you complete these moves you will one hundred percent confident showing off that bikini body! Everyone will be wondering how you got so toned! Just remember that you should do all of these work outs three times a week to really benefit from them. Also remember to throw in a little cardio so that your heart rate can get a little exercise too, and always remember to have fun with your work out!
Let’s face it. We all sometimes eat that extra piece of cake, those delicious french fries, and have that afternoon Diet Coke once in a while. Those little indulgences can sometimes pack on extra weight in the muffin-top area! I am guilty of all of probably all of those things and my love handles could definitely use some tough love in the form of a great workout!
These four intense moves, added with a little cardio will definitely help you lose weight and shed inches around your waist. This area happens to be my toughest area to lose weight in and I have been working on strengthening these muscles. I can assure you that these moves DO work! You will definitely feel the burn the day after this workout so plan on giving yourself a day or so of rest in between.
MOVE 1: Grasshopper
O Get into push-up position; step right foot to side, wide.
O Bring left knee up and across to right elbow. Return left leg to floor, and step right foot back in, returning to push up position; repeat on opposite side. Do 10-15 reps each side.
MOVE 2: Standing Elbow Crossover
O Stand with feet hip-width apart, hand behind head, elbows wide to sides.
O Lifting left knee, twist and lower right elbow to meet knee. Don’t let elbow fold in. Return to start. Do 20 reps on each side.
MOVE 3: Weighted Twist
O Sit with knees slightly bent, heels on floor, holding a large detergent bottle or 10-pound weight in front of chest. Lean back until you feel your abs engage.
O Twist right and touch bottle to floor. Repeat, twisting left. That is one rep. Repeat 15 times.
MOVE 4: Scorpion Twist
O Lie face down, legs extended, arms out, palms down.
O In one big motion, swing right foot back over body, bending knee and touching toes near left hand. Return to start. Do 10 reps on each side.
If you set a specific routine for yourself and make sure you do at least 30 minutes of cardio before these exercises, you will definitely see a difference in a matter of weeks! Your jeans will feel better around your waist, you will have more energy and you will be able to eat that extra piece of cake if you want. Almost everyone has a little extra around their middle and if you set goals for yourself and start now, you can lose that unwanted muffin-top!
Summer is almost here and that means it’s almost time to bare that belly in a bikini! That also means it’s time to get in shape, and flatten that stomach before you run out of time. Thats where these three ab exercises come in! I think it’s difficult to find motivation to work out sometimes but if I know my reward will be sexy, toned abs, I’m all in! Plus who doesn’t like that sore feeling after a work out to remind you how hard you worked?
These exercises will not only flatten but strengthen your stomach as well. It will increase your core strength and essentially make you feel stronger overall. Of course, eating a healthy diet along with exercising will help you lose belly fat too! If you do these exercises at least three times a week you will definitely start to see results.
Sit with your knees bent and together, feet slightly lifted off the floor. Reach your arms forward and shift your weight into your sit bones, draw your abs in tight, and lift your chest. Try straightening the legs as much as you can (forming a ‘V’ shape with your body) and hold this pose for 30 seconds to one minute, with even breathing.
SUPINE OBLIQUE BALL TWIST
Lie on your back with your arms out to each side in a ‘T’ shape, palms facing down. Position a stability ball between your feet and extend both legs up towards the ceiling, just above your hips, knees slightly bent. Gently squeeze into the ball, draw your abs in tight, and press your ribcage into the floor as you carefully move the ball to the right, lowering both legs towards the floor (only go as far toward floor as you can without dropping to the side). Press the ball back up to the ceiling and repeat to the left, alternating sides for one minute.
REVERSE CURL AND LIFT
Lie flat on your back with both hands behind your head, legs extended out with your heels lifted about six inches off the floor, toes pointed. Contract your abs, bend and draw your knees into your chest, and raise your hips slightly off the floor. Slowly lower back to the start position. Repeat 8 times, for 3 sets total.
You should enjoy the burn you feel after completing these moves! Your belly will thank you once you put on that tiny bikini this summer. My goal is to do this set four times a week before Memorial Day Weekend. I love the way you feel after working out, so get out there and start sweating!
The minute I saw this Hula Hoop workout I knew I had to try it! It will tone your body, it’s quick, and hello?! It’s fun too! When was the last time you actually had fun when you worked out? This is a workout you can do right in your own home, or in your backyard and all you need is a hula hoop.
As a warm-up you can even jump rope for 2-3 minutes to get your heart pumping and then move on to these fun exercises.
Move 1 – Wide Squat
Stand with feet wide, toes turned out, and hold hoop around waist. Twirl the hoop around your waist as you raise arms to shoulder height out to sides. Keep the hoop moving as you bend knees. Stand up and repeat for 1-2 minutes.
Move 2 – V-Sit
Sit tall with knees bent and toes on inside of hoop. Grasp opposite end of hoop overhead, arms in a goalpost position and palms facing away from you. Lean back until you feel abs engage and extend legs out 45 degrees from ground. Hold for 30 seconds then return to starting position and repeat once.
Move 3 – Tree Press
Hold the hoop overhead between thumbs and forefingers, palms facing forward, and stand with weight on left foot, right foot on the inside of lower left leg. Slowly bend elbows, lowering hoop behind you. Straighten arms and repeat. Complete 20 repetitions.
Move 4 – Arm Circle
Stand with heels together, toes turned out. Hold hoop overhead between thumbs and forefingers, palms together and elbows slightly bent. Move arms from side to side (keep the motion small), twirling hoop around hands overhead. Continue movement for 1-2 minutes.
Move 5 – Standing Twist
Stand with feet wider than shoulders; hold the hoop overhead with palms turned away from you and fingers wide, arms extended. Keep chest lifted and abs tight as you rotate torso to the left. Then twist to the right. Continue, turning from side to side, for 1 minute.
Move 6 – Rolling Reach
Stand with feet wider than shoulders, toes turned slightly out, and place the hoop on the ground in front of you (far enough away so your arms are fully extended), hands on top of hoop. Bend forward from hips. Slowly roll hoop to the left, walking one hand over the other, until torso is over left leg. Next, roll the hoop to the right. Continue, moving from side to side, for 1 minute.
I thought this was a great and unique way to workout and most importantly, it will keep your attention for the entire workout. There are too many times when I am running on the treadmill or using the elliptical, and my mind is focused on one thousand other things! Most of those workouts bore me and I just think about what my next move will be after I leave the gym! This hula hoop workout will tone and firm your body while catering to your inner child as well.
Every now and then we could always use that one good, supportive sports bra right? Whether you workout on the daily…or in my case every 3 months, you can still loathe over that comfortable sports bra.
Being introduced to Breeze Comfort pretty much narrowed down the choice to what I look for in a sports bra.
While traditional sports bras are made with regular man-made bra pads that prevent evaporation of perspiration, Breeze Comfort has the ventipad, which unlike traditional bra pads, the ventipad has perforations throughout the padding and this allows the passage of air and moisture in and around the chest.
The patented ventilation channels in the Breeze Comfort ventipad enables increased air circulation to occur, which allows for perspiration to evaporate more quickly.
The less moisture that happens during your workout, the more enjoyable the overall experience can be.
Not to mention that Breeze comfort comes in a variety of styles, and colors to even fit your very own wardrobe! You deserve to look fabulous when you workout!
Whether you’re in for a good workout, or you just want to feel comfortable for the day, Breeze Comfort offers the ultimate in comfort, style and support!
Spring has officially arrived, and that means warmer weather is right around the corner!
That also means your arms will be making their annual debut in tank-tops, strapless dresses and short sleeve shirts!
These quick and easy arm exercises will tone your biceps, triceps, shoulders and general upper arm area.
Let’s face it, who doesn’t want tan, trim, and toned arms this upcoming summer?!
The first exercise is the weighted punch. Here is how it works:
O Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a 1- to 2-pound weight in each hand, fists in front of your face, palms facing each other.
O Without moving your left fist, punch your right fist up as high as possible without locking your elbow.
O Quickly pull right fist back to starting position as you simultaneously punch your left fist upward.
O Continue alternating for 60 seconds; start slowly and gradually increase speed until you’re moving as fast as you can.
The second exercise is the one-arm tricep dip:
O Sit on the floor with your legs and feet pressed together, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place your hands about a foot behind your butt, palms shoulder-distance apart, fingers pointing toward your butt. Straighten your arms to raise your butt off the floor.
O Bend your left elbow and lower your butt as close to the floor as possible without actually touching it.
O Straighten your left arm; repeat, this time bending right arm. Alternate sides for 60 seconds.
(To make this move a little easier try spreading your legs wider.)
The third and final exercise is the ABC arm exercise.
O Find up to a 5 lb weight, or household item. Hold the object straight out in front of you, keeping legs shoulder width apart and no bent arms.
O Trace the alphabet (capital letters) using your arms. Make sure you keep them straight at all times.
These moves are quick and easy and will definitely build muscle and tone your arms just in time for those hot summer days!
If there is anything that is a pet peeve of mine, it’s always having that under the leg thigh jiggle..GROSS, I know! For some reason though no matter how much time you actually put into working out at the gym & trying to sweat it off, it still sticks with you.
Remembering back to when I was younger, I would literally go to the gym every single day and would just do cardio every hour and this honestly was giving me the worst results! When you do your workout routines, you want to make sure that you incorporate a little bit of every type of workout into your gym time such as cardio,arm lifts,crunches, or whatever it may be, this will be sure to work all aspects of your body.
Here are a few of my favorite thigh workouts that really work all aspects of your body:
The Flamingo Balance
O Holding a dumbbell in your right hand, stand with your left hand on your hip.
O Lean forward slightly, lifting your left foot behind you to about hip height. At the same, bring your right arm forward.
O Turn your palm to face the ceiling and do a biceps curl.
O Touch your toes back down briefly, then repeat for 12 reps. Be sure to keep your left leg straight while bending your right knee.
O Switch sides: Stand with your left foot forward. Hold the dumbbell in your left hand, and hinge forward, raising your right leg up behind you to hip height.
O Simultaneously, raise your left arm forward, turn your palm to the ceiling, and do a biceps curl.
O Touch your toes back down briefly, and repeat for 12 reps.
The Single-Leg Circle
O Lie back on the mat with your arms by your sides and your palms facing down.
O Begin by pointing with your left foot, as if reaching out with your toes toward the ceiling, and rotate your leg slightly outward.
O Inhale, and trace a circle on the ceiling with your left leg, moving your whole leg, but keeping your hips still. Don’t lift your left hip off the floor.
O Trace the circle on the ceiling 5 times in a clockwise direction. Repeat in a counter-clockwise direction.
O Switch legs and repeat 5 times.