Part two of a four part series on how to work those trouble zones!
Muffin top is not a phrase any of us EVER wants to hear. So here are two workouts aimed at toning up and slimming down your waistline.
Fallen Triangle (Targets shoulders, abs, obliques and inner thighs)
- Start on the ground in a full push up position. Balance on your hands and feet with arms extended making your body into a straight line from head to heels
- Move into a side plank, shifting your body weight to your left hand and rotating your body to extend your right arm directly up, palm forward, as you bring your extended left leg under torso and to the right. Pulse left leg up and down 1 inch 5 times
Tightening Tilt (Targets shoulders, abs, obliques, butt and legs)
- Stand with your heels together, toes turned out, arms by sides
- Bring bent knee out to your side at hip level, touching toes to left knee, as you raise extended arms out to the side at shoulder level, palms down
- Keeping upper body tall, hinge from hips 45 degrees to the left so torso is on a diagonal, looking towards your left hand. Hold this position for 4 counts then straighten up your torso.
- Do 8 reps, balancing on left leg throughout, switch sides and repeat. So 2 sets.
Why these moves hit the spot? By balancing in a full push up pose and rotating to a side plank pose tones up your deep abs, aka the transversus abdominis muscle, drawing your waistline in. Your obliques are utilized in the second move and they are one of the key shapers because they run down your sides. They are targeted by balancing and bending.
Fitness Magazine July/August 2011