We have waged war against our asses, we’ve buffed up our arms, and we have rocked the leg workouts… but what about those relentless love handles? ‘Tis the season of LOVE, and to celebrate, we are going to melt away the LOVE handles! Yup! We are going to #loselovehandles! Kiss that extra baggage goodbye!
If you are looking to lose a few extra pounds, too, today marks the start of the second half of our New Year’s Weight Loss Bootcamp -it’s not too late to join us in the weight loss fun!
Registration for our Shamrock Shuffle Virtual 5K/10K/Mile Walk and Run is still underway! Swag will be sent out prior to race day -super soft tri-blend tees and custom finisher’s medals, oh my! And because I love you all so much, use code LOVEHANDLES to save 5% off your registration fee! Note: Refunds will not be given to participants who have already registered, sorry.
Back to business! We have 3 exercises for you this month:
Russian Twists: Sit your booty on the ground with your knees bent and flat feet. Lean back slightly, making sure to keep your back straight and strong. Don’t let it round or curve. Extend your arms straight out in front of you, with your hands on top of each other. Suck your belly button into your spine and twist your torso from side to side. 1 rep = twisting to both sides once. The movement comes from rotating your ribs, not from momentum from swinging your arms.
Want to increase the intensity? Do one or more of the following: Tap the floor near your hips with each twist, hold a dumbbell or weighted medicine ball, lift your feet up off the floor.
If you have lower back problems, this exercise may not be for you.
Bicycle Crunches: View demo video here. Hit the floor and lay flat on your back. Press your lower back into the floor and suck in that navel! Bring your hands to your ears and bring your legs up, knees bent. Engage your abs, lift your shoulders and upper back off the ground and move your right elbow towards your left knee, meeting in the middle. As you bring one leg in, straighten the other leg. Repeat on the left side. 1 rep = twisting to both sides once. Go slowly and focus on your form and breathing – you do not need to touch your elbows to your knees!
Side Plank Hip Lift: Get into your side plank position: elbow on the ground, legs and hips resting on the ground, too. Engage your abs and, keeping your body straight, lift your body up off the ground. Lower down and repeat. For an example, watch this video.
Before we start, go take before and after pictures of yourself. Hurry, I’ll wait! You won’t believe your eyes come March!
Rest days are provided every five days to give you a chance to let your muscles recoup. As with all of our monthly workout calendars, these daily exercises are intended to supplement your current fitness routine.
**On weeks 1 through 3, do two sets of each exercises. On weeks 4 and 5, perform three sets of each!
Stay aware of your form at all times! It’s quality, not quantity that counts. If you find the daily total too difficult to achieve, just do as many as you can, or break it up into smaller sets. Challenge yourself, but not to the point of injury. Please consult with your doctor before beginning any new fitness regimen.