Get a Smokin’ Body in Time for Summer with Brooke Taylor
Spring has sprung…and we all know what that means…less clothes!
Get that body back for the Summer with 3 essentials exercises from “The Sculptor” Brooke Taylor of Taylored Fitness NY LTD.—to shape that body back.
Complete the circuit 3 sets/15 reps cycling through top to bottom.
SQUAT TO PUSH UP:
Start standing with your legs hip distance apart. Inhale, send your hips back into a nice deep squat position. Exhale jump your legs out into a nice long dart position keeping your core engaged. Inhale and lower your body down (about fist distance) from the floor. Exhale, extend your arms and jump the legs back into the deep squat position. Stay in your squat and repeat the sequence for 15 reps. This is a great full body movement targeting your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip extensors, core, pecs, anterior deltoid and deep stabilizers of the spine.
Start lying on your back with your hands clasped behind your head and slightly shift your pelvis to connect your obliques. Bring one leg up at a time in a nice tabletop position while drawing your navel into your spine. As you exhale rotate the spine to one side bringing the opposite knee into a 90 degree angle. Inhale repeat and rotate to the other side. The focus should be to keep you lower back connected to the mat while drawing your elbow towards the opposite knee. Try to bring your elbow to your knee not your knee to your elbow. Complete 40 reps without stopping.
***Bicycles are one of my favorite exercises because when performed correctly it really targets the obliques and rectus abdominis leaving you with a nice burn throughout your workout. It is so important to have a strong core and abdominal connection when performing any exercise as it is the foundation of all movement basis. Bicycles are a great way to build muscular strength and endurance for your core.
ATTITUDE REVERSE FLY:
Start in a Quadruped position with your hands placed directly underneath your shoulders and your knees directly underneath your hips. Laterally rotate your left leg out to the side and cross the ankle over on top of the other. Hold a 2-3lbs weight with your right hand (opposite arm and leg to get that oppositional pull). As you exhale simultaneously lift your right arm out to the side and laterally lift your left leg. The focus should be on engaging your core to prevent spinal rotation, while working the posterior muscles of the back and the hips. Complete 15 reps on each side. This full body exercise targets your shoulders, core, deep stabilizers of your spine, lateral rotators of the hip, and the glutes.
From Baywatch babes to new momma’s, brides and everyone in between, Brooke has worked with them all to get results! This mother of two and former dancer is a STOTT PILATES INSTRUCTOR TRAINER certifying trainers internationally and nationally, as well as ACE, AFAA, NASM and the list goes on. Unlike others, Brooke makes working out a lifestyle vs. a choir. Her various programs consist of Boot camp, Bridal shape-up, Pre and Post natal training for new Mommies needing to get their body back as well as Pilates and Barre and functional training.
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