Top Fitness Tips For a Great Body
I recently did a photoshoot with Carbon38 to showcase new products they are selling online and I’m so happy with the pics. During the shoot we did three different looks and the last one was all of these photos, where they asked me to act like an Ex-Machina style fembot. I mean, what a cool theme for a shoot! So that was the plan and I really got to get into character of this tough badass chick who sports strong over skinny and is a feirce B! I felt like this fit in with everything that I promote on my website and social media channels and so it became a really fun shoot to do! I figured with all these awesome photos, what better way to share some of my top fitness tips for a great body.
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Obviously I’m pretty stoked on how amazing these photos turned out, I mean c’mon, couldn’t you see these in Shape Magazine or Vogue?! Okay, okay, maybe I’m just dreamin’ but I’m still super happy with not only how my body looks but how awesome the shots are. Like everyone I go through times where I’m happier with how I look and times when I would like to hide in a cave because I feel bad about myself. Lately I’ve been doing some changes to my workout routine and seeing big results. So I wanted to share with you some of the exercises that I personally do in order to get great abs and a firm bum.
~Plank to Pike~
This is a take on your traditional plank. Start in a plank with your wrists directly beneath your shoulders, abs drawn in, butt squeezed and parallel with the ground. Start a timer right before you press up into a plank, and hold for 30 seconds. At the 30 second mark, draw your abs in and up as you lift your butt toward the ceiling and shift back into a downward dog, keeping your hands where they are and trying to lengthen your heels to the ground. Return to your plank and hold for another 30 seconds, repeating 10-15 times without a rest in between. Do the whole set 2-3 times. This is a whole body move that will work your abs in every second while also strengthening your back and arms.
Sit up tall on your butt with your knees bent, and float your feet up off the ground so that you are balancing on your butt. Reach your arms out in front of you, inhale to lean back and extend your legs away from your abs, and exhale to draw your knees to your chest, balancing to keep the feet lifted the whole time. Do 20 of these slowly before taking a break, and then repeat 2-3 times.
~Kneeling Oblique Crunches~
Kneeling on the mat, extend your right leg straight out to the side, placing your foot flat on the mat. Draw the abs in and up, place your hands behind your head, and lower slowly over to the left side. Use your obliques to lift your upper body straight again, and then immediately lower to the left again, allowing yourself to lean as far to the side as possible. Do 15-20 on each side (switching legs for the other side), and increase the number you do each time. These will work your obliques without straining the neck for a long, lean core.
~Opposite Arm, Opposite Leg Reaches~
Begin on all fours, with knees under the hips and wrists under your shoulders. Draw the abs in and up so that you have a flat back. Extend your right leg back and left arm out in front of your, drawing your abs in so that your pelvis and shoulder stay parallel with the ground. Reach your arm and leg long in the air in opposition, and hold for 30 seconds. Without taking a break, switch your arm and leg, trying not to let your torso move at all. Repeat 5-10 times on each side.
This is good for your abs and butt :). Start with your feet turned out at a 45 degree angle wider than your hips. Reach your arms out to the side and press your weight evenly into your feet as you lower down into a squat. Pause at the bottom, draw the abs in and twist to the right, keeping your pelvis still. Inhale to return through center, and exhale to twist to the left. Come back through center and return to standing. Repeat 30 times, or more for optimal results!
These are a classic and are killer for the butt. Get on all fours with your back flat. Without moving your pelvis, lift your right knee off the ground and slowly kick your foot flat toward the ceiling, keeping the knee bent. Repeat this full range kick 30-50 times with each leg without allowing your back to move. Keeping the low back still is important for protecting your spine and ensuring that your butt is doing all the work.
After the donkey kicks, stay in all fours and lift your right knee off the ground. Again, while keeping your back still and abs up, lift your knee directly out to your side, as if you are a dog peeing on a fire hydrant 🙂 Lower and repeat 20 times on each side, trying to keep your body still. These are KILLER because they work the side of your butt in a way that you don’t usually work it, creating a rounder, fuller bum.
Lay on the mat with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, knees in line with the hips and ankles. Turn a song on that makes you want to dance, reach your arms long by your side, and lift your butt into the air, creating a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. For the first half of the song, lower your butt a few inches and then lift to the top quickly to the beat of the song. For the second half of the song, lower your butt to 3 inches above the ground and then lift up fully, separating your knees a few inches as you lift. I personally like doing this exercise to Tinashe’s 2 On 🙂
~Curtsy Lunge Kicks~
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, and stabilize by activating your abs. Cross your right foot behind your left and step back, lowering down until your knee is a few inches above the ground. As you press up to standing, kick your foot out to the side, and then immediately step back down into your curtsy lunge. Do this 15-20 times with each leg, taking them slow to be careful not to fall as your doing it.
Start standing with your legs hip-width distance apart, hands on your hips. Jump up and land in a wide-legged squat, sitting your butt back and down, and then press through the feet to jump up to standing. Continue without taking a break 25-30 times for a killer butt workout.
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With love, N
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