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.
Next time you're in a classroom, look around. You'll notice that there are very, very few people who always sit with perfect posture. Especially students. We spend such long hours sitting in class and studying that it's really tempting to slump. I know I do. So for this week's workout, I've put together a few exercises that will engage the muscles in your core and back that contribute to your posture.
Today, I invented a new exercise! Ok, not really. I basically smushed together a bunch of different moves into one awesome total body exercise. It works all your major muscle groups – arms, abs, back and legs. This is what happens when you live in a way-too-tiny space. You get weirdly resourceful. Read on for step by step instructions and try out my new move!
Whether you're jetting off to somewhere warm and sunny, or you're just looking forward to the days of short shorts and tank tops, Spring Break is the perfect motivation to get in shape. To help us all out, we've got a special edition of Dorm Room Workout this week. Celebrity trainer Michelle Lovitt has sent over a customized workout for CollegeCandy readers. Try these moves out and you'll be looking lean and toned in no time!
I have 9 a.m. classes every day this semester, and it's killing me. I know, I know, people in the real world wake up and go to work that early all the time. But I haven't had 9 a.m. classes in two years, and I'm having a lot of trouble getting moving in the morning. Exercise is one of the best ways to help yourself wake up.
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.
As college students, it’s inevitable that we’ll all have some weeks where everything is just a bit too much. Maybe it’s because you have three midterms and a paper due, or maybe it’s because you had a few too many margaritas…every night last weekend. (Who, me? No!) So here’s your workout for the week when you have way too much work to get done and can’t even think about going to the gym.
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.
Last week, I learned that the rest of the world loves Pilates just as much as I do! (At least that’s what I’m telling myself.) But really, the Pilates Dorm Room Workout was one of the most popular yet. And I love that you love Pilates. So this week, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to two new exercise methods you may not have tried yet.
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.
Yes, I know it’s the middle of winter. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dream of summer days, bikinis and short shorts! Better yet, you can skip the dangerous spring crash diets and desperate workouts by staying in shape and healthy during the cold winter months. These moves will help tone and sculpt your thighs, so you can show off those gorgeous legs with pride at the first opportunity.