Greek Sunrise Abs!

I loved doing this Pilates Ab routine just after sunrise on the dock at my hotel in Crete! I followed it with delicious Greek yogurt with honey! Print this page out and try 8-12 reps of each exercise at sunrise, then have some Greek yogurt for breakfast! Or try it at sunset, followed by some grilled veggies and hoummous!

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1. Warm up with ab curls. Curling up from your ribs!
2. Pilates 100s. Can be done with legs bent, or straight out on a diagonal for a challenge. Beat the arms up and down as you inhale for 5 counts and exhale for 5 counts while staying curled up from the ribs.
3. Single leg stretch. Stay curled up as you bring one knee in and stretch the other leg out. Repeat on other side. That’s one rep.

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4. Double leg stretch. Reach fingers away from the toes, keeping torso curled up and still. You have a shot of ouzo on your abs! Don’t spill it!
5. Single straight leg stretch staying curled up from the ribs. Grab one leg as you lower the other to the floor. Repeat on the other side. That’s one rep.
6. Double straight leg stretch. Legs can be straight or slightly bent with heels in. Keep upper body curled up with hands behind the head, and lower and lift the legs down towards the ground. Lifting from the lower abs.

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7. Lower ab lift and lowers. Hands are placed behind lower back as you lift and lower the legs straight down to the ground controlling the motion with your lower abs. Head is down.
8. Cross cross. Bring opposite elbow to opposite knee as you twist and reach the opposite leg out away from you. Repeat on the other side. That’s one rep. Remember: quality over quantity!!
9. Teaser. Curl up from the ribs while bending the knees and bringing the legs up into a v-sit position and then slowly come back down to starting position with control.

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10. Mermaid side stretch. Start with knees bent to the side, top foot in front of the bottom foot. Press into your hand to lift the hips up into a side plank and reach the top arm to the ground. Come back down all the way to starting position. Add pulses (lifting hips up and down) at the top for a challenge.
11. Plank on the forearms. Keeping the tailbone slightly tucked and the abs pulled into the spine.
12. Plank with hip taps. While in plank, rotate one hip down to the mat, and then the other. That’s one rep!

Try this killer ab workout in the morning when you first wake up, after work in the afternoon, or add it to another one of my workouts!

Check in with me to let me know you did it on Facebook, Instagram, or twitter!
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xo

Butt Lifts with the Band

Bermuda Barre Pilates Butt Workout

Barre & Pilates With Liz Butt Lift Workout

You guys have been asking for exercises using resistance bands, so here is a great routine to lift the seat, slim the thighs, and tone the hamstrings for bikini season!

Resistance bands are great because they travel well, and you can use them for a variety of different Barre and Pilates exercises. Try doing this routine on its own, after a run, or after the Walk the Plank Ab Challenge in one of my previous posts.

Starting position: Start on all 4s, making sure your hands are in line with your shoulders, and knees are in line with your hips. Put the middle of the band around the heel of the right foot and hold on to the ends with your hands while pressing into the mat. Feel free to choke up on the band if you want more resistance.

1. Press through the heel of the right foot, and straighten the leg out behind you. Then, bring the leg back to starting position. That’s 1 rep. Try 15!

2. Keeping the right leg straight back behind you, lift the leg up towards the ceiling. Then, lower the leg all the way down to the ground. That’s 1 rep. Try 15. After that try tiny pulses at the top: Lower and lift for 30 pulses (up an inch and down and inch).

3. Bring the knee in towards your chest while scooping the belly in and up and rounding the spine. Then press through the heel, straighten the leg all the way back behind you, open the chest, and lengthen through the crown of the head. That’s 1 rep. Try 15!

Repeat the whole thing on the left leg, and let me know how you did on facebook, instagram, or twitter:

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Planning a Bachelorette, Birthday, or Ladies Night Out?

Bermuda Bachelorette Barre Pilates With Liz Bermuda Barre-ty

Bermuda Bachelorette Hen Night Barre-ty Barre Pilates With Liz Laing

Planning a bachelorette, birthday, or lady’s night out? I would love to be your barre-tender! Book me for a private barre-ty, or Pilates party! Celebrate with your closest friends while sweating it out to your favorite music. I can come to you, or you can come to me. We can rent out a bigger studio for bigger groups, or you can simply have it at your house, on your lawn, deck, or beach! 🙂 The best thing about my workouts, is that we can do them anywhere. Add cocktails and snacks for the after-barre-ty, or just hit up the bar afterwards! Want to have a daytime barre-ty (darty/barre-ty)? Add mimosas and brunch! Themed parties are also popular. My favorite was an 80s themed bachelorette where everyone dressed in neon, headbands and leg warmers while we did butt lifts to 80s throwback music! You can even make shirts, water bottles, or barre socks for everyone to make it an event that everyone will always remember.  Hosting bachelorettes and parties are my favorite. I’d be happy to help you plan it, or you can check out my pinterest for ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/pilateswithliz/barre-bride/.

*Discounts available depending on your location and number of girls!*

Email me at lizlaingpilates@gmail.com, or call 441-705-1159 to secure your date, and start planning your event today!

 

 

DIY Barre Socks

DIY Barre Socks Barre Pilates With Liz Laing Bermuda

DIY Barre Socks Pilates With Liz Bermuda

Grippy barre socks are a must when taking classes at home or at a studio. Most barre studios have carpeting and require you to wear socks for sanitary reasons. They also help aid with balance, create traction, and promote circulation while you’re working out.
You can easily make these with your favorite type of sock at home. I painted anchors and palm trees, but you can simply add circles, polka dots, or lines to make it easier. Girls in my classes have done hearts, zig zags, and stars which were really cute!

Materials needed:
Socks
Puffy Fabric Paint (I ordered mine on Amazon, but you can also find it at Gibbons Home Store in Bermuda)

Instructions:
1. Wash the socks you’re going to use.
2. Add paint to the bottom of the socks. (I suggest practicing your drawing on paper towel first.)
3. Let the socks dry for a day or 2!

Viola!

Let me know if you make them by tagging me on instagram (instagram.com/pilateswithliz) or facebook (facebook.com/pilateswithliz)!

Tuesday Tips from a Fit Bermudian Abroad!

Bermuda Barre Pilates With Liz Laing Fitness Tips

Tuesday Tips from a fit Bermudian Abroad.

Hope everyone is getting geared up for bikini season, and warm summer nights! As the weather gets warmer, it gets harder to turn down BBQs, nights out, and family outings so it’s important now to keep a consistent workout routine that produces the best results for your body!

Today I wanted to share some fitness tips from one of my favorite barre & pilates girls who is currently travelling abroad. A few months ago, she left Bermuda to travel the world! I love having Meghan in my classes because she is so motivated, and connected with her body. She pays attention and makes adjustments with every cue to make the most out of every exercise and repetition.

Meghan’s tips for staying healthy while travelling:

Eating healthy and living healthy is super hard when travelling, I know. After Asia and South America, it’s impossible to escape all of the easy street foods, but simple things like walking everywhere and ensuring some veg and fruit everyday. Try to cut those sneaky travelling chocolates during bus rides and replace them with nuts or raisins. Sometimes even grocery shopping and making packed lunches for a few days will be cheaper then eating out. Being healthy isn’t about looking good, it’s that super energized hyper feeling you get when you wake up early, eat some yummy healthy fruit with a smoothie, go for a walk, and start your day on a good note. Drink tons of water. I always carry a water bottle on me! You’ll even see a difference in your skin when you change your eating habits. It glows!! It’s a domino effect – eat well, feel good, and look even better! Exercise is a huge part of well being as well, but it is hard to fit in especially if you’re in hostels and stuff, but it CAN be done! Go for an early walk, and work out on the beach. Or if you’re in a big city like me, work out in the park. Use benches, swings, monkey bars – all that fun stuff! Also a cheeky drink is good fun too, but when travelling, take 4 days to detox and you will feel like a new person. Moderation is key. You’ll also appreciate the more activities you can fit in not being hungover and feeling groggy!

Favorite Barre or Pilates Exercise:

I still do my barre arms in the morning. 🙂 Also, the simple breathing exercise from pilates… and the awkward side tricep pushup one which I found so hard!

Healthy Recipe:

Favorite recipe lately has been quinoa! Well that’s not a recipe, but I have it for breakfast as a healthy booster porridge with apples and coconut yogurt or dinner with veggies. But avocados have been my go to! Snack, breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and dried cran and raisins for dessert with this amazing Australian brand passion fruit yogurt.

Connect with Meghan on Instagram for more motivation, or to just follow her amazing trip here: instagram.com/megmarksthemap. We can’t wait to have you back in Bermuda, Meghan!

Do you have any healthy recipes or tips to share? Let me know in the comments below, or on facebook! x

St. Patrick’s Day Glowing Green Smoothie

Bermuda Barre Pilates With Liz St. Patrick's Day Glowing Green Smoothie

Bermuda Barre Pilates With Liz Laing St. Patrick’s Day Glowing Green Smoothie

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite smoothies of all time! This smoothie is especially good for those who don’t like bananas since most smoothie recipes require bananas.

Ingredients (all organic, if possible):
– 2 handfuls spinach
– 1/2 cup blueberries (if frozen, you can use less ice)
– 3-5 ice cubes
– 2 deseeded dates
– 1/4 ripe avocado
– 1 scoop vanilla protein (I like hemp)
– enough coconut water or almond milk to blend everything
Optional add-ins:
– 2 tablespoons Chia seed or Flax seed
– 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melt to liquid form and slowly pour in while blending)
– Unsweetened shredded coconut

Blend together, and enjoy this delicious treat as a meal or snack!

By the way – I am working on bringing you some new workouts via YouTube so that you can lift, tone, and burn at home on your own! Is there a certain workout you would like to see? Comment below or on Facebook and let me know!

Pilates and Barre – Bermuda Memories 2013

2013 was an amazing year, and I know 2014 will be even better! Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement! Here’s to a safe and happy new year! Enjoy this video I made of some of the pictures I’ve posted on Instagram and Facebook over the year! xo