The one area of your body you can never work to much is your core. It helps with posture, stabilization, endurance, and overall bodily strength.
Lately, study after study has come out showing that interval training, or burst training, is the most effective way to get in shape, stay in shape and increase endurance. So what is burst training?
Spending lots of time seated leads to general muscle tightness in your entire body, but for most people, it's worst in the lower back and hips. So this week, I've demonstrated a few stretches that are great for relieving tension in those areas.
Eating right and exercising daily is what's really going to get you the "bikini body" you want. One of the body parts that's most exposed in a bikini is your stomach, so I decided to focus on ab exercises this week. This video promises "sexy yoga abs." It's a bit cheesy, but take a look at that lady's stomach! I want what she has.
Cardio kickboxing is one of my favorite workout classes. It's awesome for toning the whole body, especially the arms and abs, not to mention the butt-kicking cardio. But I don't make it to class as often as I would like, mostly because regular classes just aren't in my budget.
Most people think of their obliques as the "side" abdominal muscles, on either side of the "six pack" (actually called the rectus abdominis). That's sort of true – your obliques are visible on either side of the rectus abdominis. But they're actually a deeper layer of muscle – two layers, in fact – situated underneath the rectus abdominis. And those two layers of muscle wrap around your waist, kind of like a corset.
Have you ever gone out dancing and then realized the next day that you're exhausted? And sore? (If you haven't, you're missing out.) That's because those epic dance moves of yours are great for toning, not to mention cardio. So listen up class, because this week I'm giving you the best assignment ever: an epic dance party.
No, I'm not talking about sex. Although dolphins are very promiscuous animals. I'm talking about the dolphin pose, from yoga. It's a great strengthener for your back, shoulders, and core. Plus, it's quick, easy, and perfect for small spaces.
Recently, the American Council on Exercise conducted a study to determine which exercises are best for toning the glutes and hamstrings. Good old squats and lunges were high on the list, but the top exercise for hamstring and glutes was the quadruped hip extension. What's that, you ask? You're about to find out.
Sometimes, when you're tired, stressed, sick or just feeling crappy, a workout is not what your body needs. I know, you never thought you would hear me say that. But it's true! Sometimes your body needs your help to repair and restore, not to beat it up more. But by telling you to skip the occasional workout, I don't mean that you should ignore your body! Instead, I wanted to share a technique I just discovered.
I often incorporate different types of planks into my dorm room workouts, because they’re great for small spaces. So far, I’ve shown you planks mixed in with lots of other moves. But when I went to the gym the other day, I was reminded of what a great workout planks are all by themselves. I was holding in a plank position for a quick warmup, and realized that planks are hard.
Pilates is most famous for its focus on core strength, but a full class works the entire body. Pilates moves are also great for small spaces. Since I’m not a certified Pilates instructor (yet!), I thought I’d let you learn about Pilates from the experts. This video, led by an instructor with many years of experience, will take you through a basic Pilates ab series.
Cleavage is the go-to tool for most ladies when it comes to adding a little oomph to an outfit. But after a while, that can get boring. I mean seriously, how many boobs do we all see on a daily basis? A dramatic, back-baring top or dress can be a sexy alternative, and it’s a hot trend on the red carpet. Read on for some exercises that will tone and sculpt your back so you can rock this look on your next night out.
Winter brings along one serious danger to ladies and their cute shoes everywhere – ice. Even in sensible shoes with good traction, ice can make your short walk to class a slippery disaster. So to help prevent you from falling over and spilling the contents of your bag all over the sidewalk, I’ve put together some simple balance exercises.
I just have to come right out and say it -- 2011 is the Year of the Rear. Sure, some ladies like J.Lo have always been known for their fantastic behinds, but this year everywhere you turn people are fawning over curvaceous ladies like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. So I’ve put together a quick, simple exercise series that will tone, shape and add you to the list of perfect posteriors in no time.
Have you ever stayed up all night studying for a final? Blood shot eyes, empty coffee cups, pages and pages of notes...you know, the works. Do you remember sitting there wishing you had diligently studied all semester long, gone to class or stayed awake during the Powerpoint presentation? Well, I'm here to let you know that just like studying, the same goes for good health and fitness.