Want a rock hard stomach and a strong core? Whether you practice holding a standard plank, a side plank, or the elbow plank, you’re on your way there. Now, you can’t spot reduce fat, but you can target and tone up specific muscles so when the fat burns off, you’re left with a sexy, toned core underneath.
If you’re holding a standard plank, here are some tips from expert Steve Edwards you’ll want to keep in mind so you get the best results.
This sounds about right. It is still hard for me to believe that this time last year I COULD NOT MOVE! Really. My physical therapist was slowly working to release a pinched sciatic nerve and just standing was difficult. She would work to manually MOVE the vertebras in my spinal column. It was so disheartening because I had recently made progress in my weight loss journey only to have it sabotaged by an inability to move. This was not some bad knee or busted ankle, this was right at my CORE. The part of your spine that determines if you can support your weight or even propel your leg forward. I sunk into depression and ate junky food like coke and chips (as well as my healthy food when someone would cook for me) and did not move. (Definitely not the best move for someone with #PCOS or pre #diabetes.)
Because I shared my 21 Day Fix program results yesterday, I felt it was only fair to share my journey results today. The images on the top are June 11, 2013. Day one of Les Mills Combat, after I was released from remedial physical therapy to begin exercising. This journey has involved a lot of dedication, especially as I saw the scale move down and then back UP again. It is only the pictures and the measurements (and my clothes falling off me) that inspires me to keep going. I’m slow, but I’m steady and I’m building muscle – much of which was lost when I pinched my sciatic nerve in March 2013. I’m happy to say I am at that point where I am consistently surprised at what my body can do now. It’s a good place to be!
Weightloss Stats: -6.9% body fat, -23.5 in, -12lbs, 4+ sizes
Up next is the Brazil Butt Lift Summer Slimdown Challenge! I look forward to being swimsuit ready this year and rocking it by the end of the summer. Sometimes I WISH we could *target* the trouble areas, but weight loss and body toning just isn’t like that. Ibut if I could…. that nastiness around the middle where abs are supposed to be would be on the top of my list!
Autumn got me results, I am stronger, I am leaner, I have more balance, and I am happy to be moving in a general forward motion toward my goal health and body.I traded body shape more than anything, because I was surprised to find a larger selection of my swimsuits *fit* when I searched for my *goal* swimsuit for the Brazil Butt Lift Summer Slimdown Challenge. I REALLY look forward to the next challenge, swimsuit season, here I come! Never fear, though Autumn Calabrese‘s workouts rock my world, so I will be revisiting her on a regular basis. She is now my 2nd favorite (the first being Chalene Johnson and ChaLean Extreme. GO HEAVY, OR GO HOME, am I right ladies?!?)
Want to kick your winter habits in the teeth, but not sure where to start? Join my next challenge group! Challenge groups generally run 21 days, 6 weeks, & 8 weeks – depending on your needs and the fitness program you choose. Whether you’re looking to drop those last few stubborn holiday pounds, or need a major lifestyle change, we can help you get there.
Time For Beaches, Barbecues, and Bikinis!
Our next beachbody challenge group is affectionately named ‘Beaches, Barbecues, and Bikinis’ and will begin on March 31st. If you couldn’t tell by it’s endearing name, this challenge group is geared toward getting you in shape for your summer wardrobe! I guess the summer weather start date really depends on where you are, but here in Florida, I’ve already been to the beach twice this year (not counting runs), and Spring Break has definitely already sprung!
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After my REST day (where I decided to move the furniture in my living room and home office, but that’s not important) I was still not feeling 100%… not like I was sick, but more like I was just worn out. Like my muscles were still stiff and sore. Like I needed another day of recovery. So, I chose to have an active recovery day today. Today I had an easy, office work day where I sat at the computer for most of the time, sipped coffee and Shakeology, and caught up on foodie articles. (and if you haven’t seen some of the GMO stuff hitting the headlines, you really should take a look). After rocking my baby to sleep for her nap, I popped in my favorite yoga DVD, Dynamic Flow Yoga by Chalene Johnson. This DVD is part of the Chalean Extreme Upgrade, and if you haven’t scooped it up, you really should. This disc gets so much play, I am going to have to ask for a replacement soon!
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Thanks Dynamic Flow Yoga!
I love it when I go back to a workout and I am better than I was the last time! Such a great feeling. Doing Dynamic Flow Yoga is really strengthening and working my hip and inner thigh after a pinched sciatic nerve left me unable to stand on my own and put me in remedial physical therapy for 3 months! A lot of work to do still on my left hip and inner thigh, but progress is progress, and that is GOOD! HAD to FIGHT to get and keep the lunges on my left leg with proper alignment. Getting better! Take that, sciatic nerve!
-Billie Anderson, Florida Fit Foodie Mom!
Where Can I Find Dynamic Flow Yoga
Dynamic Flow Yoga is part of the Deluxe Package of Chalean Extreme, Chalene Johnson’s AWESOME fitness program that helps you build muscle and burn fat. Chalene Johnson is an amazing fitness … Continue reading