Beach Barre Workout 3: Abs, Inner Thighs, Love Handles, & Butt Lifts

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The last video of your Beach Barre Workout YouTube series is up! Now you have a full one hour barre workout to do at home on your own at www.youtube.com/pilateswithliz!

For this workout, all you need is a mat. This mat workout focuses on abs, inner thighs, love handles, glutes, and hamstrings. Do all 3 in a row tonight after work, and let me know how you did on Facebook, Instagram, or twitter! We were all sore the next few days after this so I know you guys are going to love it!

http://youtu.be/fWrywsnY1GE

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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

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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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Easy Peasy Carob Chip Oatmeal Protein Cookies!

Easy Carob Chip Oatmeal Cookies!

I’ve been getting a lot of requests from my friends and clients to start blogging so that everything I post on my facebook and instagram can all be easily found in one place, so here I am! I’m a blogger! 🙂

I found these cookies on Pinterest last year and they have been one of my go-to recipes to make as snacks because they are super easy and filling. They are great to make ahead for a quick breakfast on the go, snacks, or a post workout treat!

Ingredients:
Oats
Mashed banana
Brown rice protein powder
Carob chips

Directions:
Mash 2 large ripe bananas, mix in 1 serving of organic brown rice protein powder, then mix in 1 cup oats, and add carob chips. I also added cinnamon and unsweetened shredded coconut! Spoon the mixture onto greased baking sheet, flatten with a spoon, then bake at 350F for 15-20 min or until brown!

Sometimes I add different mix-ins and substitute pumpkin puree for the mashed banana. So easy and delicious!

Comment below if you try them, or if you have any fun mix-in suggestions!

The Bermuda Regiment Does Pilates!

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Pilates For Men Workout At Home DIY

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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

Ab Workout On The Ball

A variation of this killer ab workout has been one of my favorite routines since I learned it from my friend Phyllis London (www.phyllislondon.com) years ago and I still do it to this day! Watch it, write it down, and take it with you to the gym, or just play it on your smart phone and while you do the exercises with her. Phyl is also in the running to be America’s Next Fitness Star on the show “Fit or Flop!” If you have a few minutes, vote for her at www.fitorflop.com!