Showin off my “washboard abs” during a styling session at Lorna Jane (love this outfit BTW – I wear it to teach cycling all the time)
Hey hey – happy Workout Wednesday! As promised, here is your workout of the week – Washboard Abs. I’m getting floors installed at my studio, Dallas Grit Fitness, today . Yay! This is the last major renovation milestone before I can start decorating and, ultimately, teaching classes. I’ll be hanging out at the studio all day, so I plan to knock out this ab workout while “overseeing” contractors. Should be good fun.
It’s been a while since I posted an ab workout, so today I’m bringing you my most comprehensive, complete, core exercise routine. During this workout you will engage your abdominals in 3 different positions: 1) Standing Up 2) On you hands and toes in the plank position 3) In the traditional position, on your back. This helps ensure we work the complete core for washboard abs!
Warning: This workout takes about 25 minutes to complete. You can’t rush through it. BUT, I promise you will feel the burn. For best results, do this workout 2-3 times per week for 4 weeks along with rigorous cardio workouts.
Give it a whirl and let me know how it goes. If you have any questions about the exercises below, just post a comment and I can explain. Have a wonderful Wednesday! Love, Brit
Alright, you guys asked for it so here it is, another Lose the Pooch Workout. In case you missed the last one, you can CLICK HERE check it out. Now, before I get started, you should know that the abs, or rectus abdominus, is actually all ONE muscle group that forms an “8-pack.” So you can’t really work your lower abs without working your upper abs (and vise versa).
However, there are some exercises that really target the lower region of the abdominals. I selected a few of my favorites and effectively sequenced them to create the GRIT by Brit Lose the Pooch Workout. For best results, complete this workout 2-3 times per week for 4 weeks. Also, be sure monitor your diet by avoiding foods and habits that cause bloating (i.e. too much sodium and lack of water consumption).
Tighten that Tummy! xoxo, Brit
Boat Pose (with knees bent, you can straighten your legs to increase intensity)
Single Leg Lowers
Single Leg Lowers with Upper Body Crunch
Plank Knee Pulls w/ Toe Slide
Plank knee tuck with toes slide – place a towel under your toes and do these on a smooth, hard floor.
Hanging Knee Pulls
Hanging Knee Raise – You can straighten you leg for fully extended leg raises to increase intensity (Source: Women’s Health Magazine)
Hey Gang! I just designed (and tested) this ab workout. It’s super effective, only 5 minutes and works ALL of your core muscles. You can simply follow the instructions or work out with me in real-time via my heart-felt video below. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for lots of super fun and super gritty home workouts. Hope you like!
Hey gang! Happy “Tone it up” Tuesday. Since I know you guys LOVE ab workouts, here’s a new one I designed that really focuses on the hip flexors and the lower abs. For best results, do this workout 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Let me know how it goes!
Alright y’all. Summer time is quickly approaching. While I’ve learned to love my “love handles” and opt for high-waist pants rather than low-rise ones, I still feel a need to address the much dreaded “muffin top.” Now, we all come in different shapes and sizes and we should embrace our natural curves. However, excess belly fat and fat storage around the hips is neither HEALTHY nor SEXY. Belly fat, which is called visceral or intra-abdominal fat, is linked to high cholesterol, high insulin, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and other health problems. You can click here to read up on more health risks of excess belly fat.
Below is a workout I designed that will strengthen your core and lower back and also help provide some definition to you lower waist. For best results, do this workout 3 times per week for 4 weeks along with 30-45 minutes of high intensity cardio intervals. I’ve also included some pics of me doing the workout this morning to help guide you. Try it out and let me know how it goes. Enjoy! Luv, Brit 🙂
Alright, you guys asked for it so here it is – the ultimate workout for our biggest problem area: LOWER ABS!
Now, if you truly want to lose your pooch you have to minimize belly fat. That means you have to eat clean& sweat. That’s right folks, hit that treadmill, drink that water and eat those apples – just keepin’ it real.
Also, keep note that there are 3 key mistakes we often make that cause our tummy to look super saggy. Avoid these!
Slouching – Stand up straight, puff out that chest and suck in that tummy. Just standing up straight can make us look up to 10 pounds lighter, no joke! Also, walking around like a hunchback makes us look sloppy and insecure…not cute.
Too much sodium – Salt makes us retain water and causes stomach bloating. If you need to slim down for a big event, cut back on the salt!
Not enough water – Dehydration causes “bowel issues” which also causes bloating. Drink up and flush out 😉
Try the workout along with some CARDIO and let me know how it goes. Once you get the exercises down, repeat the circuit up to 5 times for a #hardcore burn – enjoy!
Lots of luv, Brit
(Note: You can click on the image above, to maximize size and print.)
My #fitfriend Alex (@alexandriawill), co-founder of Sporty Afros has been pushing me to start make posting free workouts on YouTube for my blog followers. So, last week after one of my Turbo Kickboxing classes (which is why my hair is drenched in sweat in the video) she stayed after and recorded my abs, legs and glutes circuit .
I usually do a series of body-weight exercises at the end of each my classes because my students love to feel nice and tight around their core and in their legs. Body weight exercises are generally high in repetitions and lower in weight which help give you long, lean muscle tone. They’re great to add to your fitness regimen because they require NO equipment and can be done at any time and any place.
Try the workout for yourself and let me know what you think. For best results, complete this workout 3 times per week along with 45 minutes of moderate-high intensity cardio (running, biking, elliptical, etc.).
If you like, I’ll record some more 10 minute circuits to help keep you on track in 2013. Enjoy 🙂