Ok, the pre-summer bikini prep had us in a routine for a bit… but now the mid-summer ice cream afternoons/snow-cone Sundays/4th of July parties have us wondering where all our hard work went! Well, for all of us who fell off the wagon (what can we say, summer treats are too yummy!) Cassey Ho from Blogilates has got our back.. literally these moves will work your back.. and your abs.. and obliques and all that good stuff too! Just follow these 6 exercises and watch your waist whittle and your muscles tighten and tone, bikini abs here we come!
Ok ok.. we have something else to fess up to.. one of our biggest motivations for working out is new gear of course! Cute workout gear like Cassey’s makes us want to strut to the park and perform our “shooting stars” (this move may end up being our favorite and least favorite!) with confidence! And if you’re looking for cool new workout accessories, we are loving our FlipBelt to hold our phone/ipod/money/keys etc. comfortably and securely while we’re working out! This is another one of our fave pieces in our workout wardrobe, and who doesn’t love a fun pair of shoes!
Begin on your hands and and your toes, hips lifted off the mat. Once stable, raise your right and and your left leg. Hold for 10 sec each side. Beginners, you can just try one leg or one hand at a time until your get more balanced!
Works core balance.
Begin in a side plank, arm right underneath your shoulder. Look up at your hand.
Then follow your hand as it curves underneath your ribcage. When you do this, pike your butt into the air. Repeat 10-12 times each side.
Works obliques and shoulders.
Begin in a low plank with forearms on the mat and toes behind you, hips up.
Using your core, pull your hips up and flatten your back. Then return to starting.
Bring your right leg straight up into the air and extend your left in front of you, hovering a few inches off the floor. Then crunch up with your hands supporting the nape of your neck.
Try 10 crunches with left leg up and 10 with right leg up.
Works upper abs and lower abs.
Begin with your right hand behind the neck, elbow wide, and the left arm reached forward.
Crunch and bring your elbow to your knee.
Then return to starting.
Try 20 each side.
Cross your ankles and balance on your tailbone. Put your hands in a Charlie’s Angel style position and tap the mat on the left side.
Then reach the hands above your head, arms straight, and extend your legs out! Return to starting.
Try 12 total.
Works lower abs, core balance, and improves posture.