This awesome abs exercise comes from a core focused yoga sequence by Tara Stiles. What's so great about this move is that it works both the upper and lower abs.
1. Lie on your back, tucked into a ball, making sure to glue your lower back to the floor.
2. Extend your legs and arms straight into the air. Round your back as much as possible and reach for your toes.
3. Extend your legs in front of you, and arms straight behind your head. Keep your heels hovering just above the ground and lower back glued to the floor.
4. Come back into a ball and repeat for 12 total reps.
Watch Tara Stiles "Crazy Core Building Routine" here.
Renegade rows are a complete upper body exercise which help build a sexy back, tighten your core, and of course tone those arms. To do Renegade Rows, you will need to grab a pair of dumbbells.
Talk about a total body workout! The hee haw, as the Tone It Up girls call it, works your quads, upper and lower back, core, and shoulders all in one move. I could not believe what a killer it was the first time I did it in a Tone it Up YouTube video, the "Sandcastle Workout". Now it's become a staple for me to do on those days when I'm just feeling the need for some total body toning.
To do this move begin by grabbing a set of dumbbells (5-10 lbs is good):
Repeat for 3 sets 10-15 reps. OR try this complete workout:
Do you love waking up to find a nice, hot breakfast waiting for you? When you wake up and have a case of the Mondays, sometimes the last thing you want to do is think about what to make for breakfast. However, there's this internal dilemma because you really want something yummy, healthy, and satisfying, but you just don't have the energy. Well, overnight oats are your solution! Prepare them the night before in the crockpot.I'm just five minutes, and wake up to the amazing smell of fruit and grains.
For the recipe for my favorite overnight steel cut oats, go here.
Lesley Fightmaster is one of my very favorite YouTube yogis. It is through her online classes that I have gained the confidence to conquer some more difficult poses like the most recent one I posted. I never used to try these kinds of poses in class before because I was afraid of falling and embarassing myself in front of everyone. Here is one of my very favorite challenging videos of hers.
Get that booty and those hamstrings working with these kneeling extended leg glue lifts.
Be sure to keep correct form by placing your hands directly below your shoulders with the inner elbows pointing forward, knees directly below the hips, and keeping your back straight.
Arm balance are by far my favorite part of yoga. For the longest time, I wanted to master the pose, Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya II, and I finally have! With lots of focus and finding your center of gravity, you can do it to. Here are some tips I found that made this pose a little bit easier.
Pick up a set of weight plates or dumbbells and try this sequence!
Weighted Side Leg Lifts
Repeat 10 lunges, followed by 20 weighted side leg lifts for 3 sets on one leg. Then repeat for the other leg.
1. Lie on your back with legs straight up in the air.
2. Begin to lower legs, keeping your back completely engaged by pressing your lower back to the floor.
3. Continue to lower your legs. Lower legs completely until feet are hovering just a couple inches above the ground.
4. Slowly raise your straight legs to the sky and return to your starting position. Repeat.
To really work those lower abs, incorporate thing move into your abs routine every other day. You should begin by practicing 10 reps, rest, and repeat for 3 sets. Eventually, work your way up to 3 sets of 20 reps.
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