As a Sweat Pink Ambassador I have the opportunity to do some very fabulous things! Yesterday topped them all! I got to walk into Lorna Jane on Union Street in San Francisco for a styling session! I got a personal stylist to help me shop and a free Lorna Jane workout outfit! Rachel was amazing. She even helped me with my request for a supportive sports bra during this time of breastfeeding yet trying to run, spin, and jump my way to my post-baby body. Which, by the way, is the Comfort Sports Bra. After trying on so many favorite looks I happily bounced out of the store with the “Dress Up Tank” and the “Amy Tight Leggings”. Check out my outfit in the workout below! Lorna Jane workout clothes go from the studio to brunch while looking chic and colorful!
The Muffin Top Workout
Blueberry muffins might be one of my most favorite treats. However, I want to eat muffins, not look like one! The “muffin top” is a phrase that refers to extra padding that may hangover your pants at your midsection. To decrease fat and firm up this area you must combine healthy eating, cardio, and strength training.
Eating “clean” foods will help you to lose overall body fat. A simple rule is that if food contains more than 5 ingredients than you should put it down. If the food contains any ingredients you can’t pronounce that throw it out! Fruits and vegetables should take up most of your meal along with a lean or vegetarian protein. When choosing carbohydrates stick to gluten-free grains like quinoa, brown rice, oats, corn tortillas, and buckwheat. As always, drink plenty of water!
There is no such thing as spot reduction, however you can do full body exercises that will target the “muffin top” area. Combining strength training and cardio into one workout is my favorite way to exercise. This type of training is called circuit training and is effective in building lean muscle and reducing overall body fat.
Now lets talk abs. The abdominals made up of:
Transverse Abdominis – the deepest muscle layer of the abdominals it runs horizontal like a corset around your midsection. Strengthening these muscles will give you a slimmer midsection.
Internal and External Obliques – 2nd and 3rd layer of the abdominals. These are your waistline muscles that help you turn and twist. Strengthening them will also improve your posture which always makes you look slimmer!
Rectus Abdominus- the superficial layer of the abdominals which is also known as the “6-pack” due to it’s multibelly shape. These muscles hold you upright.
I love this Low Impact Circuit that works the full body while targeting the abdominals. Perform each move for one minute with 30 seconds of cardio in between, then repeat. Cardio is your choice of burpees, jumping jacks, and jogging in place
1. Plank Grasshoppers with Push- Up
Come to a plank position. Bring the right knee to your right elbow as you lower into a push-up. Return to plank. Repeat on the other side. To modify start in a knee plank.
2. Plie with side bend
Stand in a plie position with feet wide and toes pointed out. Bring arms to a “touchdown” position with elbows bent 90 degrees. Keeping the touchdown position tilt to the right, center, then tilt to the left. Think of bringing the bottom of your rib to the top of your hip bone.
3. Reverse Lunge to a Kick (Left Side)
Stand with feet hip width apart. Lunge back with the left leg bending the knee to the floor. With balance bring the left leg to a front kick. Repeat.
4. Reverse Lunge to a Kick (Right Side)
Stand with feet hip width apart. Lunge back with the right leg bending the knee to the floor. With balance bring the right leg to a front kick. Repeat. See #3 pictures.
5. Bicycle Crunches
Lie down on your back. Place hands behind your head to support your neck. Bend both knees toward your chest. On your exhale, twist right elbow to left knee. Inhale to the start. Exhale twist left elbow to right knee.