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!

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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!

Pilates With Liz Greek Sunrise Pilates Abs Page 1

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

World Cup Workout!

World Cup inspired workout! Grab a soccer ball, and try this quick workout to lift the seat.
Starting position: Lie on your mat, feet on the ball, arms down by your sides!
1. Pull your abs in, squeeze your glutes, and lift the hips up to the sky. Then lower back down to starting position and repeat.
2. Lift your right leg up straight to the sky and pulse your hips up. Repeat with the left leg.
3. Roll the ball out and then pull it into your seat by squeezing your glutes and activating your hamstrings.
Try 2 sets of 12 reps of each exercise, then repeat the whole thing two more times!

One Exercise for the Glutes, Abs, Shoulders, Triceps, Quads, and Hamstrings!

Try this single move for a full body workout to burn some extra calories, and speed up your metabolism. It works the triceps, glutes, shoulders, abs, quads, and hamstrings. Try it 10x, take a break, then repeat two more times!

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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Tuesday Tips from a Fit Bermudian Abroad!

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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

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.

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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!

St. Patrick’s Day Glowing Green Smoothie

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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!

HardCORE Challenge – Walk the Plank!

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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.

 

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!