Do This To Build A Better Bikini Body Part II
June 8, 2012 By: Lynne Brick
Special thanks to Leslie Cahill, Certified Personal Trainer and Baltimore Barre instructor, for sharing her favorite bikini body move. Baltimore Barre is a fusion class offered at Brick Bodies that blends the principles of pilates, ballet, stretching and strengthening.
In Part I of my “Do This To Build A Better Bikini Body,” Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Anne-Marie Bauermann, went over some of her favorite exercises that everyone can do to prepare themselves for the beach this summer. To make sure we added some variety, Part II features Certified Personal Trainer, Leslie Cahill, with some more great exercises that we all can do to get that great bikini body we’ve been wanting for the summer.
Here are some of Leslie’s favorite abdominal exercises that she’s been doing in some of her classes to help her & her clients get that flat tummy. Go for 12 repetitions of each and if you’re feeling strong, go for a second set!
Variation 1: Reaching
- Start on the floor. Legs slightly bent and leaning back.
- Place a small ball or pillow at the small of your back, keeping your abdominals engaged and pulling your belly button towards your spine.
- You have the option to hang onto two small weights or no weights at all.
- Reach up with your right hand rotating slightly.
- Alternate between left and right, exhaling as you come up, keeping your stomach pulled in.
Variation 2: Rounding
- Staying in the same position, bring your hands lower and lean back a little more into your ball.
- As you come up, bring your hands together in a slight fly movement, contracting your stomach.
- Each time you reach back, lengthen the abdominals and then come forward to get the crunching motion.
Variation 3: Rotating
- In that position, open up one arm into a fan motion, dropping your body back and lengthening through the abdominals.
- Keeping your abdominals tight, come back to the center.
- Make sure the motion stays slow in order to keep the abdominals engaged the whole time.
You Go Girl!
Lynne Brick, RN
Last week’s question: You can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer if you lose 5% of your body weight.
Thought of the day: “The human body is the best work of art.” Jess C. Scott