Sunset Beach Barre Workout!

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The first video of the Sunset Barre workout is up on YouTube: http://youtu.be/k8FOuBrTdtw
This is a killer workout designed to lift the seat, tone your arms, and slim the thighs and waistline! The best part is that you do not need any equipment at all! My classes love doing this particular routine because it really gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat! This is your no excuses workout because you can do this in your living room, dorm room, hotel, or anywhere where you have some space to move around!

I would like to thank the beautiful girls in this video who made this possible, as well as the ones on the other side if the camera mirroring out moves: Natasha Pedro-Petty, Caitlin Jean, Jillian Benson, Sarah Dias, Sharika Thomas, Stephanie Law, Sacha Kessaram, Lea Kessaram, Lyndsay Forrest, Laura Farge-Lowe, and Alicia DeSilva! I would also like to thank Lara Smith of LDS Multimedia for putting it all together!

It was so fun making this video on beautiful Grape Bay Beach, Bermuda. The sunset was absolutely stunning!

Try this killer workout, and let me know how you did on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Look out for the 2nd part of the series tonight or tomorrow!
xo

Tuesday Tips From A Fit Bermudian

Anastasia Slater is a regular in my class. You may recognize her from my YouTube Beach Barre workouts at www.youtube.com/pilateswithliz:

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She works hard, and she is beautiful inside and out! Anastasia decided to scratch one item off her bucket list by entering the Bermuda Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s 2nd Annual Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition that took place last week. She won 2nd place, which is amazing considering this was her first time ever being involved in such an event!

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Find out below what she thought of the competition, and what her favorite recipe and exercises are:
“I have always been active all my life but I wanted to challenge myself
and I thought it would be a great bucket list accomplishment. It was an amazing experience. I would encourage anyone to do it. Very fun and I met some amazing people.”

Her Favorite Healthy Recipe: Kimberly Synder’s Glowing Green Smoothie –
Ingredients
*12 to 16 ounces filtered water
*1 head Romaine lettuce
*1 cup spinach
*3 celery stalks
*1 apple (cored)
*1 pear (cored)
*1 banana
*Juice 1/2 lemon
*1 cup ice
-Put in blender in the order listed and blend.

Her Favorite Barre or Pilates Exercise: Anything for the glutes – Standing leg lifts and Glute Kickbacks!

Leg lifts- https://lizlaingpilates.com/2014/06/30/hotel-workout-2/

Butt lifts on all fours- https://lizlaingpilates.com/2014/03/25/bermudian-butt-lifts/

Congratulate Anastasia when you see her in class, and let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram if you try her favorite smoothie and butt lifts on your own!
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Beach Barre Workout 2: Sculpted Arms & Standing Abs

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Awesome job everyone for keeping up with your workouts! I love all the check-ins from you guys, so please keep it up!

The second video from your Beach Barre Workout is up on YouTube for you to do tonight after work! No equipment is needed at all for this workout, so no excuses! The arm routine is so fun, and such a great workout for toning the little accessory muscles to tighten up the arms. The standing abs routine is really popular because not only is it fun to do because you feel like you’re dancing, but it is great at flattening the abs rather than creating puffy 6 pack abs! Then, there’s a surprise exercise at the end! ūüėČ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0duTR0TO9k&sns=em

Try this right after the Toned Legs & Lifted Seat video. If the very last video in the series (mat work) is uploaded by tonight, end your workout with that. Otherwise, do the Greek Sunrise Abs in the last post, then the Bermudian Butt Lifts a few posts back, and stretch!

Try it, and let me know how you did:
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Good luck!
xo

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

Beach Barre Workout for Toned Legs & Lifted Seat on Youtube!

YouTube Workout for toned legs, and a lifted seat!

YouTube Workout for toned legs, and a lifted seat!

Hope you are all keeping up with your workouts while I am away! My trip so far has been great. I’ve been reading a great ballet book to learn new exercises and technical terms. Doing the workouts every morning on my patio overlooking the ocean while I’ve been in Greece has been so fun, and meditational. I am SO sore, but I am feeling long and graceful! I am excited to be able to use the exercises in my classes when I get back to Bermuda.

In the meantime, I was finally able to upload the first video of the YouTube Beach Barre Workout Series filmed on beautiful Grape Bay Beach! This workout is one of the basic routines I use in rotation in my classes. My clients love this routine because it really targets the glutes, inner and outer thighs, and hamstrings without bulking up the legs. Grab a chair, and try this killer workout this morning before work, or after work this evening: http://youtu.be/R9heIJ5JFg0

If you need some motivational tunes, try downloading some new songs from my playlist here: https://lizlaingpilates.com/2014/06/26/mayjune-2014-barre-pilates-playlist/. Also, check out the new hotel workouts I posted from my hotel in Vienna, Austria on the blog: https://lizlaingpilates.com/category/workouts/ You could pair those workouts with the Beach Barre workout, or you can try one of the barre and pilates workouts on my pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pilateswithliz/workouts/

Thank you so much again to Jill Underhill, Anastasia Slater, Liz Madeiros, Sarah Wight, Erin Marini, and Kellum Wilson who were able to push through such a tough workout in the sand without the help of mirrors or music! And, thank you to my friend and videographer Lara Smith for doing such a great job putting it all together!

If you’re interested in seeing pictures from my trip so far, check out my instagram or tumblr: instagram.com/pilateswithliz or¬†pilateswithliz.tumblr.com

Make sure you check in with me, and let me know how you did on facebook, instagram, or twitter!

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Have a great workout, and look out for a Greek sunset Pilates ab workout tonight or tomorrow!

xo

Hotel Workout #2

This is the second part of the workout I did on my first morning in Vienna, Austria after a few stretches and plies
in first position (last post). Try this at home to lift the seat, and tone the legs!

Starting position: Heels in, toes out. Hinge forward from the hips, holding on to the back of a chair, ledge, or counter. Chest open, long spine, flat back, and abs pulled in tight. Supporting leg should be straight (not locked) or slightly bent.

  1. Lift and lower the working leg almost all the way to ground, trying to keep hips square. -12x reps
  2. Lift and lower the working leg for tiny pulses up and down Р15 sec.
  3. Small circles with control Р12x each direction.
  4. Leg extension lengthening the leg away from you and then squeezing it into your glute Р12x reps
  5. Small pulses with heel to ceiling – 15 sec.

Repeat on other side, and do it again two more times or add it to the Bermudian Butt Lifts, or Walk the Plank Ab Challenge in previous posts!

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!

Hotel Workout!

I find that exercise is the best thing to help me recover from jet lag, and increase my circulation after sitting on the plane. On my first morning waking up in Vienna, Austria, after some simple stretches, I did this quick workout in my hotel room. Try it at home to strengthen the hamstrings, and slim the inner and outer thighs!

Starting position: Start with heels in, toes out. Lift the heels as high as you can, then walk the feet together until heels are hugging together. Abs in, hips over feet, shoulders over hips.

1. Bend the knees, come down, and then straighten the legs to come up – 15x reps.

2. Stay halfway down for pulses (up an inch, down an inch) – 15 seconds.

3. Start halfway down, and rise over the course of 3 counts – 15x reps.

4. In halfway position, lean back, reach the knee caps to the floor, and press the knees out Рpulsing for 15 sec. 5. Try the same thing, but pulse the knees in for inner thighs!

Try adding the first exercise between each of the other variations!

 

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!