Since Spring Break is nearly upon us, it’s enough to motivate you to get into the gym and whip your body into shape. To help you rev your metabolism, sculpt your muscles, and firm-up your physique, Inspirations & Celebrations Fitness Contributor, Jacqueline Hinton (a Los Angeles-based Pilates & fitness expert and the CEO of Good Citizen) shares 5 fat-blasting exercises to help you get into shape for Spring Break.
5 Fat-Blasting Exercises
It’s that time of year again: SPRING BREAK! And whether you’re getting ready for midterms or just needing a break from your boring cubicle, a good spring break is necessity to reinvigorate yourself and harness your Chi. So whether it’s a little rest and relaxation or partying poolside, you’re going to need to look fab. These five fat-blasting exercises will get you that prime bikini bod just in time to look your most fierce and show out for your hottest spring break yet!
Fat-Blasting Exercise #1: The Pilates 100
Lie on your back with your knees in a tabletop position and your arms on the floor by your side, palms flat. Your back should be in a neutral spine. Take a big inhale through the nose. As you exhale through the mouth, pull your abs in. Nod your head and bow off the floor with your shoulder blades off the mat. Your legs extend out straight while keeping your neutral spine. Begin beating your arms up and down like you are slapping water, as you inhale for five counts and exhale for five counts. Repeat for 100 beats or 10 sets of inhales and exhales.
Fat-Blasting Exercise #2: Forearm Plank w/hip twist
As shown in the photo above, to do this fat-blasting exercise, begin on your knees. Place your forearms on the floor so they are parallel to one another. Your shoulders should be aligned over your elbows with your fingers pointing forward. Step one foot back at a time with your feet and legs all the way together into a forearm plank. Pull your abdominals up away from the floor while squeezing your glutes and inner and outer thighs together. Once you feel stable in your plank, start to drop one hip to the floor about two inches and repeat to the other side. Repeat this twisting action for one minute.
Fat-Blasting Exercise #3: Jumping Jack Plies With A Clap
Start standing with your feet together and your arms down by your side. Jump your feet out wider than hip distance with your feet slightly turned out. Bend your knees until your hips are in line with your knees. Hands clap above your head. Immediately reverse that motion by jumping back to the start position. Repeat 20 times.
Fat-Blasting Exercise #4: Up, Up, Down, Down
Start on your knees. Place your forearms on the floor so they are parallel to one another and your shoulders are aligned over your elbows with your fingers pointing forward. Step one foot back at a time with your feet and legs all the way together into a forearm plank. Plant your right hand into the floor and straighten your right arm. Plant your left hand into the floor and straighten your left arm. Go back down onto your right forearm and then back down on the left forearm. Repeat this 10 times starting with your right side. Then, alternate and repeat this 10 times starting with your left side.
Fat-Blasting Exercise #5: Around The World Développé Kicks
Stand with your feet hip distance apart. Raise your right knee towards your stomach and kick your leg, snapping it forward quickly and retracting it back in and down so your foot hovers the floor. Repeat 10 times to the front, 10 times to the side and 10 times to the back (opening the hip when kicking to the back).
Attack this super set three times with 90 seconds of rest in between sets for that kick butt spring break beach bod you’ve been dying for. This workout is quick, easy, and targets all those sexy spots. Hit up this workout three times a week until your big vacation, and all those eyeballs on the beach will be on you!
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Fitness Contributor: Jacqueline Hinton
Jacqueline Hinton is a Los Angeles based Pilates instructor, the CEO of the Pilates lifestyle brand Good Citizen, and a professional dancer with a BFA in Dance from The University of Texas at Austin. Jackie has over a decade in the Pilates industry and has forever changed the world of Pilates by creating the original personal Pilates loop. As a fitness contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Jackie shares exercise and fitness tips to help you shape and sculpt your body.
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