Bermudian Butt Lifts!

Ready for some butt lifts? This workout is great for toning the glutes, hamstrings, and thighs! I usually use a few variations of these exercises in most of my barre and Pilates classes. Try to keep your abs pulled into your spine the entire time.

Bermuda Barre Pilates With Liz Laing DIY Workout

Bermuda Barre Pilates With Liz Butt Lift At Home Workout

1. On all fours, hands in line with shoulders, knees in line with hips. Straighten your left leg back and then lift and lower the leg, tapping the ground lightly with your toes each time you lower. Avoid lifting too high and compensating with the lower back. Make all of the work come from your glutes. Try 30 lower and lifts, then pulse up and down 1 inch at the top for 30 seconds. If you want a challenge, add small circles 12 times in each direction. Repeat with the other leg.

2. Bend the left knee and lift and lower the knee all the way down and up 30 times, then pulse at the top 1 inch (trying to stamp the ceiling with the bottom of your foot) for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other leg. If you want a challenge, try adding a 3-5lb weight behind the knee!

Try to go through this routine 3 times. This is a great routine to add to the “Walk the Plank” Ab routine that you can find in one of the last posts for a full body workout!

Enjoy your butt lifts to a fun song. Comment below, or on Facebook when you try it!

HardCORE Challenge – Walk the Plank!

Bermuda Barre Walk the Plank Pilates With Liz Laing Bermuda

Bermuda Barre Walk the Plank Pilates With Liz Laing Bermuda Ab Workout at Home DIY

People are always asking me for ab workouts they can do at home on their own! This is a killer workout that works the entire body, but is especially great for the abs, obliques, and arms! It’s a great quick workout to do on it’s own, or you can add it to the end of a cardio session.

This is pretty tough, so feel free to break it up and take breaks in between if you need to.

1. Plank: Start in a high plank (push-up) position with your shoulders over your wrists, head in line with your spine, pulling your abs in away from your t-shirt, and squeezing the glutes. Hold this position for 20 seconds to start, and challenge yourself next time by holding longer. Modification: Come down onto your forearms and/or bring the knees down to the floor.

2. Knee Tucks: Bend your right knee and pull it in towards your chest, switch legs – that’s one rep! Try 12 reps! Modification: Come down onto your forearms and bend one knee to tap down on to the mat, and then switch legs.

3. Side Knee Tucks: Bend right knee as you reach it towards your right shoulder, switch legs – that’s one rep! Try 12 reps!

4. Side Plank Slimmer: Starting from Plank, twist your body to your right side, bring your right arm overhead. That’s your starting position. Now squeeze your love handle area as you press into your left hand to lift your hips towards the sky, and reach your right hand towards the mat. Come back to starting position and repeat 12 x, then switch sides. Modification: Come down onto your forearms and/or bend the bottom knee and bring it down onto the mat.

Try repeating the entire sequence 2 more times!

Let me know in the comments how you made out, or if you have any special workout requests. Also, keep a look out for videos on my YouTube channel soon: www.youtube.com/pilateswithliz.

 

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

The Bermuda Regiment Does Pilates!

Bermuda Regiment Does Pilates With Liz Laing

Pilates For Men Workout At Home DIY

Bermuda Regiment Pilates With Liz Laing Bermuda

The Bermuda Regiment Does Pilates

Ask the Bermuda Regiment if Pilates is for girls!

Pilates exercises are great for men who want to gain a competitive edge because the workouts focus on core strength, flexibility, and balanced muscle development using efficient movement patterns rather than using a part-by-part approach typically found in traditional weightlifting routines.

Most of these guys from the Regiment have been vigorously training for over 20 years and have multiple injuries but yet are still so strong and always looking for better ways to improve their bodies!

Thanks for being such a pleasure to teach guys!

Try this quick 15 minute workout from Men’s Health at home if you’re new to Pilates: http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/pilates-workout?fullpage=true