4.22.2011

jealous of jillian

I was eagerly waiting for SHAPE Magazine to arrive. Knowing that my inspiration, Jillian Michaels graced the cover was reason enough to continue peering in an empty mailbox around three times a day. Finally yesterday, there she was looking amazing in a white two-piece. That tummy is to die for. 

I've watched her train on The Biggest Loser and absolutely loved her series, Losing It, which I raved about in my "i used to be fat" post. If you ever need motivation to get your bum to the gym, just click on one of those shows. That does the trick for me, especially with such an amazing and dedicated trainer leading me through diets and workouts. I honestly can't thank her enough for inspiring me to drop my weight.


It was nice to hear that Jillian doesn't like to spend a lot of her time working out. Thank goodness, she's actually human. Even better, she shares a quick twenty minute workout that tones your whole body. My friend tried it and challenged me to try. So last night I did. It's tough, but you can definitely feel your muscles working. Add a little cardio and you're set for the day. It always helps having a friend to text when you accomplished some time at the gym or a new work out. Thanks, J.

So here is the workout...


How it works:

Do 1 set of each move back-to-back without resting. Complete the entire circuit five times.


You'll need:
A pair of 5- to 10-pound dumbbells. 


Single-Leg Squat with Corkscrew Curl 
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A
Hold a dumbbell in each hand at sides, palms facing behind you, and stand with weight on left foot, right foot raised. Squat on left leg as you extend arms down.

B
Rise up as you curl weights toward your shoulders, palms facing up. Return to the starting position and repeat for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.

 

Dancing Crab

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A
Sit on the ground with knees bent and hands on the ground behind you, fingers pointing toward your butt. Straighten arms and raise hips so they're slightly below shoulder and knee height (your body is not in a straight line).

B
Lift left leg and right arm, reaching right hand toward left shin. Return to the starting position and repeat, reaching left hand toward right knee. Repeat for 30 seconds, alternating sides and keeping your hips raised the entire time.


Stork Stance Reverse Fly
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A
Hold a dumbbell in each hand, arms extended in front of hips and palms facing each other. Bend forward from hips until torso is parallel to ground as you lift right leg to hip height behind you.

B
Balance here and raise arms out to sides to shoulder height. Lower arms and repeat for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.

Plank Mogul  
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A
Get in plank position with hands aligned under shoulders and abs tight, body straight from head to heels.

B
Bend knees and jump feet up slightly and about a foot to the right. Jump feet back to the starting position and repeat to the left. Repeat, alternating sides, for 30 seconds.

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As if the cover shot wasn't motivating enough...

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