The Muffin Top Massacre – The Workout Girl

The Muffin Top Massacre

Pastel colored skinny jeans are a super hot Spring fashion trend right now.  Too bad the fashion gods didn’t seem to care that skinny jeans are basically the devil incarnate when it comes to your midsection.  You zip up those sausage casings they call skinny jeans, and instantly a muffin top appears.  Damn you, fashion gods!    What happened to flowy tunic tops and stretchy leggings?  That trend was waaaaay more midsection friendly.  Well, I guess as the saying goes… “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”  Let’s pay homage to the fashion gods and tone our tummies so we can rock those skinny jeans like they were made for our bodies.

Know Before You Go 

Do a 10-minute warm up before your workout.  Walk or jog around your block or in place in your living room, or dance around to 3 of your favorite songs.  If you have access to a treadmill, walk at a slow speed (I recommend 3.5 mph) and at a high incline (8.5-9.0).  Drink water between each circuit to stay hydrated, and stretch for 10 minutes after the workout. It’s OK if this workout is challenging for you… if you keep this up just 2x per week, in a month or so this will likely be easy peazy.

Equipment:

-free weights (5 lbs), medicine ball

Circuit 1 – Do 3x Through

A) The “Accordian”  – Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides.  Lift your legs a few inches off of the ground, and then slowly lift your torso until your feel that your abs are engaged.   Extend your arms out in front of you at shoulder height.  Holding this position, bend your knees and bring them in towards your chest as you sit up to meet your knees.  Then, lower your torso and unbend your legs to return to starting position (with your legs and torso still above the ground).  Repeat nonstop 20x.

B) The “Reach Out And Touch Someone” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides.  Bend only your right knee to rest your right foot on the floor.  Then, raise your right arm straight up so that it is perpendicular to the ceiling.  Keeping your arm in this position the entire time, lift your torso up towards the ceiling.  With control, slowly lower your torso back to the ground.  Repeat 15x, and then bend your left knee and raise your left arm, and repeat 15x more on the other side.

C) The “Toe Toucher” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides holding 5 lb weights.  Lift both legs so that they are perpendicular to the ceiling.  Raise both arms straight up so that they are perpendicular to the ceiling as well.  With control, slightly lift your torso off of the ground to try to touch your toes.  With control, lower your torso back to the ground.  Repeat 15x.

circuit 1


Circuit 2 – Do 3x Through

D)  The “Side Winder” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat holding a medicine ball at your chest.  Lift your legs to a 45 degree angle from the floor, and then slightly lift your torso off of the ground until you feel that your abs are engaged.  Holding this postion, twist your torso to the right and tap the medicine ball on the ground to your right.  Then, twist your torso all the way to the left, and tape the medicine ball on the ground to your left. Repeat back and forth nonstop, tapping the ball 12x on each side.

E)  The “Uplifter” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat holding a medicine ball behind your head.  Sit up, and as you lift your torso, bring the medicine ball up overhead and try to touch your toes with the medicine ball.  Bring the medicine ball back overhead and slowly lower your torso back to the ground with the medicine ball behind you.  Repeat 12x.

F) The “Gettin’ Lean'” –  Begin by kneeling on your mat holding a medicine ball at your chest.  Staying on your knees, lean your torso back as far as you can.  With control, bring your torso back to starting position.  Repeat 12x.

circuit 2


Circuit 3 – Do 2x Through

G) The “Balance Buster” –  Begin on all fours on  your mat.  Then, simultaneously lift your left arm and your right leg.  Return to all fours.  Then, simultaneously lift your right arm and your left leg.  Return to all fours.  Repeat 12x each side.

H) The “Elevator” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides.  Keeping your legs together, lift them up to a 45 degree angle from the ground.  With control, slowly lower your legs to just above the ground.  Repeat 15x.

I) The “Grab ‘N Go” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides.  Slightly lift your torso up off the ground as you bend your left knee to bring it in towards your chest.  As you lift your torso, lift your arms and grab your left knee.  With control, lower back to the ground.  Then, slightly lift your torso up off the ground as you bend your right knee towards your chest.  As you lift your torso, lift your arms to grab your right knee.  With control, lower back to the ground.  Repeat 12x each knee, alternating sides.

circuit 3


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xoxo,

Workout Girl

 

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