Don’t discount old school exercises like Jane Fonda moves to tone and trim trouble areas…like the bootie! A group of us have taken to banging out 300 Jane Fonda moves after class to help lift and shape our butts even more. Here’s what we’ve been doing.
First we do 100 on each side of good old-fashioned Butt Lifts. Get on your hands and knees, bend your leg at the knee and lift it 90 degrees. Hold that position and pulse up 100 times each leg. If you have to split it up, do 25 to 50 each side and then switch back and forth until you get to 100 each leg. It will burn…but keep going.
Next we do 100 on each leg of the Hydrant move. It is self explanatory but here’s a picture just for fun. Be sure to get your knees up nice and high!
The last set we do is the toughest. You may want to start with these to get them out of the way. I could not find any photos of this one so bear with me as I try to describe it. If you want a demonstration, I’d be happy to show you next time I’m in the gym. It’s the same starting position, hands and knees. Bring your knee to your chest and thrust it straight out behind you. Then, with a straight leg and a flexed foot bring that leg out to the side of your body, parallel with your body then back to the starting position.
Do these a few times a week and watch your butt climb right up to where it belongs. Remember, toning exercises build muscle and a more muscular body burns more calories. Happy bootie toning!
Ultimate Fitness will be closed this weekend to celebrate Memorial Day. Classes will happen as scheduled on Friday but Saturday, May 26th through Monday, May 28th, we will be closed. Enjoy the long weekend and raise a glass to all who have fought for our great country. To ALL the Vets out there….Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today’s tip comes to you straight from the American Heart Association. We love this idea because it mentions cardio boxing. Here’s what they had to say:
The American Heart Association knows that Americans love television. They also know Americans need more exercise. So why not combine the two, they ask?
Try dancing to the music when you tune into your favorite music show or practice some stress-relieving cardio boxing (we assume they mean shadow boxing) when your least favorite reality contestant is on camera.
During commercials pedal your stationery bike, walk on the treadmill or slip in a little strength training doing bicep curls with cans of your favorite fizzy beverage as weights.
It doesn’t matter exactly what you do, so long as you’re up and active. Aim for at least 15 minutes, says the AHA. But who knows? If you get really engrossed, you just might outlast the guys on The Ultimate Fighter Live!