Who doesn’t want a toned belly and a lifted butt? These are probably the most bothersome areas for most women especially around the summer when the dreaded bikini makes its yearly appearance for the family vacation. The key is consistency with these slow to fatigue muscles. in other words you have to make an effort everyday to work these muscles to complete exhaustion. Below is a great exercise that works your total upper body, core and butt. Perfect for the time-crunched Mama!
Try and perform the following Plank to Arabesque every day for 5-10 reps on each leg.
- Start with your hands shoulder width apart and your toes turned under in a plank position.
- Draw in your abdominals so that your core is strong and reach out through your crown of the head.
- Exhale, and draw your abs towards the spine and lift your hips up to the ceiling into an inverted “v” as you lift your right leg to hip height or as flexibility permits.
- Lower leg and return to plank position repeat for 5-10 reps before switching to other leg.
Focus on your abs at all times and never sink in between the shoulder blades. Always feel like you’re pushing away from the floor and engaging your lats (back). Squeeze your butt as you lift your leg for that extra butt burn.