Flatten your belly, slim your thighs, and firm your butt in 2 weeks–without a single sit-up or squat
The newest way to shape up your belly, butt, and thighs without stressing your joints: Flip your workout upside down! These five ballet-inspired moves use one piece of equipment you’re sure to have in your home–a wall to gently increase your flexibility and range of motion. The result: You’ll isolate the tough to reach muscles that pull in your belly, lift your backside, and trim your thighs. The perfect complement to weight-bearing exercises such as walking, inverted moves use gravity to naturally boost circulation and provide an instant energizing rush. They also give your knees and hips a break from the pounding of upright life.
What you need: Open wall space (4 to 6 feet) and a mat. Resistance band is optional.
How to do it: Perform the routine barefoot 4 or 5 times a week. Do 10 slow, controlled reps of each move. Start with the Main Move. If that’s too difficult, do the Make it Easier variation. Not challenging enough? Try the Make it Harder version.
For faster results: Do 2 sets of each exercise and add 30 minutes or more of cardio most days of the week.
Main Move: Wall Bridge: (tones back, butt)
|Lie on back with butt against wall, arms at sides, knees bent, and feet planted 3 to 4 feet up wall. Exhale and peel lower and mid back off floor, keeping shoulder blades down, so body forms a nearly straight line from chest to knees. Hold for a deep inhale, then exhale and slowly roll back down.
MAKE IT HARDER
MAKE IT EASIER
Flatten your belly, slim your thighs, and firm your butt in 2 weeks–without a single sit-up or squat Read more: http://www.prevention.com/fitness/strength-training/no-squats-belly-butt-thighs-workout#ixzz1yfoDG8My
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement. As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso.
This one will TRULY challenge your upper, lower, and transverse abs and help get rid of that belly pooch, so do it now!
Cassey Ho is a fun Pilates Instructor who loves mixing up her moves to upbeat pop music. Blogilates.com is a great site for at-home workouts that will challenge you.