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Steve recently showed you how to use Titin weighted compression shirts to add resistance to plyos and calisthenics in my last post, but what about static holds like plank or yoga poses?
Today’s workout is an example of how versatile the Titin compression shirt really is. Since your resistance is like a second skin, you can comfortably add it to just about any exercise you do – like this challenging core workout routine. Even if you don’t have Titin gear yet, give this workout a try and imagine what it would feel like weighted down!
Complete 3 Rounds on Each Side:
10 Diagonal Knee
10 Side Elbow Plank with Single Side Kick
10 Elbow Plank Single Donkey Kick
10 T-Plank Row Combo
Repeat on the other leg
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Need a new ab routine? Here’s a program you can follow that will help give you variety and a solid regime to follow. Steve designed this 4-day ab routine to add to any workout program. (click on the links below to see instruction for each exercise)
Before you check out the workout, read Steve’s blog on abdominal and oblique muscles. He explains each muscle, why we work it, how often we can work it, why we work it with and without weights, and what each muscle does for our physique! It’s GOOD STUFF!
4-Day Workout Program:
Each week, pick 3 days of A OR B Workouts and 1 day of C OR D Workouts
Click on the exercise to view video instruction.
High Rep Day
High Resistance Day
What makes a bikini body? A flat tummy, sculpted shoulders and nice buns! With that in mind, here’s a workout Steve and I designed for the MASS SUIT to burn calories and tone all the important bikini body parts – all in one pretty simple workout. You can also do this workout with bands or dumbbells. Granted, there is NO WAY it will be as intense as it was with the MASS SUIT (OMG!), but it will still be a killer workout.
One thing that makes this workout challenging is because it uses compound movements. Meaning, you are doing a lower body exercise AND an upper body exercise at the same time. To make things even more intense, you are not taking any rest between exercises to maximize calorie burn. The good news is, you get twice the workout in half the time! Yahoooo!!
The MASS SUIT kicked my butt and really challenged my core. I was out of breath in half the time of doing traditional training – and I have to admit I was challenged at only 10 reps in! ha! Here’s the workout video to follow along with, as well as the matching written workout!
MASS SUIT BIKINI BODY WORKOUT
10 Jumping Jacks
20 Stepback Lunges with Lateral Raises
10 Jumping Jacks
20 Forward Lunges with Lateral Raises
10 Jumping Jacks
20 Diagonal Lunge
X 3 Rounds
10 Stepback Lunges with Lateral Raises RIGHT
10 Stepback Lunges with Lateral Raises LEFT
10 Forward Lunges with Adduction RIGHT
10 Forward Lunges with Adduction LEFT
10 Diagonal Lunges RIGHT
10 Diagonal Lunges LEFT
On our LiveXFit show, we don’t just throw exercises together for no reason. Each set of exercises has been well-thought out and has a purpose – and it’s to get you results. If you missed yesterday’s live workout, not only can you go back and watch it at your convenience, you learn from what we do on the show.
For instance, yesterday’s workout consisted of a shoulder circuit of 9 exercises, an ab circuit of 9 exercises and a leg circuit of 9 exercises. Each circuit was made up of 3 triplets. Another words, we did 3 sets of 3 mini circuits to make one big circuit that targeted one muscle group. You could do the whole workout (and we hope you do!!) or you could take pieces of the workout and add them to your own routine.
This triplet (above) is just one of those sets of 3 we used in our abs circuit. As you watch our shows (hopefully not while sitting on the couch eating ice cream lol), take mental notes of what we are doing. If you like combination of exercises we do, FIRST, let us know!! We’d love your feedback (members can comment on the workouts and interact with us online), SECOND, bookmark the workout so you can do it again, or jot down the part you liked so you can do it ‘a la carte’. THIRD, use it alone and beef it up. If we only did it one time through in a line up with other exercises, just repeat that set of exercises for 3-5 times for a great blitz.
To help you build your workout library, I will occasionally pull some of my favorite exercises from some of our shows and share them here and on social media. Hope to see you on LiveExercise – available on LiveExercise.com, on Roku and on SamsungTV. 🙂
30 Seconds of Each (0-10 seconds rest in between)
3 Rounds (no rest between rounds)
There are a lot more exercises to work your abs than just crunches. Unfortunately, many people can’t think of more than 3 or 4 abdominal exercises, so they get tired of the few they know pretty quick.
ABsolutely Awesome Give-A-Way
Today I’m going to not only give you 20 of some of my favorite ab exercises you can put to the test, but I’m going to give you a chance to share some of your favorite exercises for a CHANCE TO WIN a HUGE Designer Whey protein package that will keep you stocked up for the ENTIRE YEAR!!
All you need to do is post your favorite ab exercisE below (even if it’s listed already). In the comments on this blog, post as many exercises as you want (as separate comments) and share it on your social media! Share a whole ab workout if you want! The more you share and the more exercises you comment, the more chances you have to win!! You have until midnight October 6th to enter. I will announce a winner Monday!
20 Terrific Tummy Tightening Exercises
- Reverse Crunch
- Cable Crunch or Kneeling Band Crunch
- Plate Crunch
- Bicycle Crunch
- Flutter Kick
- Oblique Crunch
- Snowboarder Crunch
- Crunch And Punch
- Toes to Bar
- Take It Or Leave It Abdominal Crunch
- Snow Angel
- Side V-up
- Knee Raise or Hanging Knee Raise
- Side Plank
- Pulse Side Plank
- 2-Point Stance
Here is the cool matching graphic for Pinteresters and Instagrammers! 🙂 Have fun!!
This month I’m using YOUR suggestions for my Designer Whey Workouts this month! Last week, Julie from “Reaching My Fullest Potential“, wrote “I am planning to compete for the first time in Figure next spring and am hoping to strengthen and build my upper back, shoulders, and glutes. I would like to see a workout that uses the barbell and dumbbells.”
Before I share the workout I created for you Julie, I thought I’d share some extras with ya! First, you are plenty lean, so I’d be sure to beef up your protein intake (which I bet you are already doing!) and really lift as heavy as you can. I’d do a lot of negatives (which means push-press, split jerks & pull ups with a slow controlled downward movement would be helpful). While I wouldn’t put legs, shoulders and back in one workout, I can suggest a few exercises that are a must, along with many other staples, to help develop those areas. Here are just a few of my personal favorites!
15 Exercises Every Women Should Try!
- Barbell Press (I do 55lbs 12 reps)
- Push-press (I do 65-75lbs 12 reps)
- Split Jerks (I do 75-85lbs 8-10 reps)
- Snatch (you can use a dumbbell if you don’t have kettlebells)
- Upright Row LOVE THESE! (I do 55lbs)
- Handstands (Ok, I just think they are FUN – but they also really challenge your core and stabilization muscles through your shoulders & upper back). Hold each handstand for as long as you can, keeping active shoulder and core tight.
Rear Delt & Upper Back:
- Pull Ups (I always try to do them on my own first, and then I do assisted ones)
- Face Pulls – (real delts and upper back)
- T-Bar (flared arms, out 90 degrees from your side, to work more upper back)
- Bentover Barbell Row (mid back)
Glutes (Lower Body):
- DEEP Overhead Squat (I love this for core, glutes & inner thigh – even no weight rocks)
- Weighted Walking Lunges (I do 15lb or 20lb dumbbells)
- Runner’s Pose Stomp
- Slow Knee Repeater (NO weight on that back leg)
- Curtsy (use a light weight to add resistance)
Remember, this isn’t ALL the exercises for each body part – just a few of the ones I like! 🙂 Now for the workout dedicated to Julie!
The Julie (Curve-Building) Workout:
This Figure Athlete inspired workout is a lower-body conditioning workout that gives you more bang for your buck! I used exercises that will sculpt the legs & glutes – plus tone the shoulders, tightens the core, and burn a bunch of fat! This would be a great workout to do alone or add to your current cardio or conditioning program. OR, you can throw this workout in as an extra refresher later in the week after you have done your normal leg and shoulder days. ENJOY!
Tools: Dumbbells or Kettlebells and a barbell.
- 3 Sets of Kettlebell Swings
- 20 Thruster or Plate (or sandbag) Thrusters (DEEP – elbows touch knees)
- 20 Sumo High Pull – or with Dumbbells (Also DEEP!)
- 20 Overhead Walking Lunges (a total of 40 steps using HEAVY fumbbells)
- 20 RIGHT Single Leg DeadLift with 1-arm Lat Pull (pull at 45 degrees on the way up)
- 20 LEFT Single Leg DeadLift with 1-arm Lat Pull (pull at 45 degrees on the way up)
- 20 Curtsies RIGHT
- 20 Curtsies LEFT
3 Times Through with 1 Minute Rest Between Rounds
NOTE: Remember, you’ll never see any of these curves if you don’t work as hard on your diet as you do on your workout!
We all do it. We blow our diet over the weekend. We not only eat poorly, but we just eat too much. By the time Monday comes around, we feel fat and miserable – and we feel like we are 10lbs heavier than we really are. Well, don’t fret! You can get back on track fast and get your skinny back on!
The truth is, although the weekend is over and your mistakes are behind you, they aren’t really behind you YET. You bring those mistakes with you because you still carry all that food in your gut. The Mayo Clinic explains that the average transit time, from the time you eat the food to elimination, is 40 hours – 33 hours for men and up to 47 hours for women. While you wait to get rid of you poor choices, here are a 5 things you can do to help you feel thinner again!
5 Ways to Feel Thin Fast!
1. Drink a TON of water. Dining out (because restaurants can use a lot more sodium than we are used to) and eating dry snacks (like chips, nuts, etc) can cause you to hold more water. Water retention can account for up to 5lbs of additional weight from eating foods high in sodium. Flush your body by increasing your water intake – every day, all week long.
2. Go for a run. Get your sweat on and burn some calories! Not only does running help you sweat out the toxins built up from your poor choices over the weekend, but it tightens the core and will help burn off those extra calories and “erase those sins”.
3. Eat tiny portions. Work on shrinking your stomach by limiting portion sizes. It will take a few days for your copious amount of weekend food to get out of your system, but you can feel thinner quicker if you immediately go back to small portions. The less you have in your belly, the smaller your belly will look and feel. If you struggle to limit portions on your own, then eat Lean Cuisines and pre-packaged foods to help control portion size. This frozen entree (pictured left) is the correct portion for a dieter. As you can see, is much smaller than a dinner plate. Visit www.elegantportions.com to shop their unique glassware designed to help you track portions.
4. Go mushy. When I totally blow it, I like to stick to mushy foods for a few days. Like a healthier version of a fast, mushy foods (like protein shakes, oatmeal, greek yogurt, grits and soups) help me to feel full without adding a lot of solid volume to my gut. I only do this for 3 days and I feel a million times better by the end of the week!
5. Plank it out. If you are like me, you’re probably tired of trying to hold your stomach in all weekend. Why? Because it’s hard to suck your tummy in when it is completely stuffed all weekend. Plus, if you didn’t workout over the weekend, your stomach muscles have probably gotten relaxed and stretched out. However, if you tighten up your core with some exercises, those muscles will tighten right back up – and it will be a lot easier to keep your stomach flat.
Tighten Your Tummy: Four Your Core Workout
Whether you have an injury or you just want to do some serious core work, there are a TON of exercises that you can do on all fours. Yes, you can truly still workout like a dog! The following exercises combine a cardiovascular exercise with a isometric hold exercise. You’ll never breathe so heavy and feel muscle burn doing nothing. OK, you are doing SOMETHING – you are trying not to let your body fall to the floor, but for staying still, these exercises will kick your butt. Modify exercises by moving from hands to your elbows if needed.
Grab your Gymboss Interval Timer, and set it for 30 seconds ON and 30 Seconds off. Do each each exercise in each couplet back to back with no rest. Take no more than 15 seconds rest between couplets. During the ACTION exercise, perform each rep as fast as you possibly can, as if racing. During the HOLD exercise, do everything you can to maintain good form, without letting your knees hit the ground. After the warm-up, repeat the workout 2 times for beginners, 4 times for advanced. If you want to pump it up even more, go for a full 1 minute for each exercise or drop the 15 seconds rest. Let me know how you do by commenting below. 🙂
Ever wonder what muscles are working when you are in plank? Here’s a cool illustration to show the muscles engaged. Now, get ready to workout your entire core – chest, back, shoulders, abs and obliques – and not to mention your heart and lunges! Prepare to SWEAT!
Cardio & Core on the Floor
TIP: Click on the exercise to see video demonstrations.
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There is one common problem area on most women – the dreadful pooch. Even when a woman’s body fat is low, they can still have a rounded tummy. Why? Because their muscles aren’t strong enough to hold their tummy flat.
Picture the ab muscles acting like tie down straps. As you engage your core muscles and tighten your tummy, it’s like cranking on the ratchet to pull everything in. As your muscles get stronger, it is easier to hold your tummy flat. But, if your abdominal muscles are weak, you only can hold your stomach flat for a few seconds or minutes – and some people can’t even pull the tummy in at all.
The more you work your abdominals, and engage the core, the stronger and tighter those muscles will get, making it easier to hold your stomach. Sit ups and crunches are always the go-to exercise, but there is one exercise that is often left out of routines that trains your core to improve posture, tighten the waistline, and flatten the stomach all in one exercise – it’s called a plank.
You’ll never work so hard staying so still.
It’s funny how holding a position still is so much work. Your arms will tremble, your core will burn, your body will wobble around and your body will drip with sweat. You’ll grunt, moan and pant – and you’re eyes will be glued to the clock until it reaches 0 so you can have relief. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Give it a try today.
Try to do all three rounds with NO rest (don’t even let your knees or hips drop once). If you MUST rest, set rules, like only allow 5 seconds rest after round one. Set goals each time you do this workout. Slowly increase your time from 30 seconds each to 40 seconds each, etc until you reach 1 minute each for 3 rounds. This workout can always be amped up by increasing length of time, or number of rounds.
I know how easy it is to get bored of workouts, but there really is life outside of traditional crunches and sit-ups. It just takes a little imagination, knowledge or guidance from a pro like my hubby Steve. Over the last year Steve has come up with some great workouts – and ab workouts are always a fav! I mean, who doesn’t want great abs?!
Here are some of my favorite ab exercises that Steve put together for various brands and workout programs – and as you can tell in his pic, they work! Not only will they give you a great workout too, but you’ll learn some new moves to broaden your exercise library.
Give them a try and let us know which one you like the most!
#1 Four-Minute Abs
20 Rock Climbers
20 Figure 8 Ball Pass
20 Reverse Crunch
20 Ball Crunch
#2 Core & Cardio Workout
Left Handed 2-Point Stance
Right Handed 2-Point Stance
Left Elbow Plank with Pulses
Right Elbow Plank with Pulses
#3 Abs & Core Circuit with Balance Ball
25 Rotational Crunches
25 Dynamic Plank
25 Take It or Leave It
25 Oblique Side Bend
#4 Design Your Abs Workout
25 Sit Ups
25 Roll Ups or Toes to Bar
25 Oblique Sit Ups (25 on each side – 50 total)
Repeat 3 Times.
#5 Core & Glutes
Plank (10 seconds)
Upward Facing Dog (10 seconds)
Sunbird Leg 3-Position Leg Lifts
10 circles per position (back, 45 degree, 90 degree)
Plank + Knee to Opposite Elbow (a sit-through)
10 times on each side
REPEAT ENTIRE CIRCUIT
#6 BCx Core
25 Obliques (Left)
25 Obliques (Right)