My fitness routine is varied, which helps me keep from getting bored, but is also good for weight-loss and building muscle. Speaking of getting bored, I am not the type to consistently go to the gym although I have been good at doing so, particularly when I was in California and when I dropped 60lbs. I’ve helped people find what works for them, and they lost over 150lbs each! The key is to do what you like, what you can, and most importantly, what you will.
Untraditional forms of exercise get me excited, motivate me to continue working out, and have helped me get in better shape than I have been in ever.
Types of Ecercises I do:
- Pole Fitness
- Cardio Favs: dance, skating (shown to burn The Most Calories), swimming
Ab Exercises I prefer:
- Balance Ball Crunches
- Vertical Knee Lifts (pole fitness)
Pole Fitness & Pole Dancing is a full body workout- you can target the chest, arms, legs, abs, back- all in a single session. You’d be surprised by how intense a workout it can be.
Pole Fitness Exercises:
- Pull Ups
- Vertical Knee Lifts, which really target the abs
- Inversions help with my back and neck, alleviating aches and pain- I have a neck injury and hyper-extension syndrome
- I find the acrobatic moves invigorating, not to mention challenging.
Pilates helped me tone my thick thighs…nothing feels as bad as not being able to fit your legs into European designer clothing, or feeling like you’ve gotten lean and mean, but you’re bottom-heavy. I find Pilates target problem areas without bulking up- so if you want to be lean in an area like your legs, I highly recommend Pilates. I believe in using your own body and weight, along with gravity, to tone areas…so I don’t go to a Pilates class, but rather focus on my legs at home with some basic moves. I’ll do the age old routine you’ve seen in pop-culture and 80’s movies… Scissor me timbers. 😅 I’ll lie on my side, lifting my leg, turn and repeat, then do the same in different angles- on my stomach, on my back…
Again, I have permanent damage due to my neck injury, which was partly due to my having hyper-extension syndrome. I find yoga helps with not only keeping me flexible, reducing soreness from working out, but also helps alleviate pain like inversions with Pole Fitness.
Favorite Yoga Poses:
- Downward facing dog
- Crescent Moon
- Extended Side-Angle
- Warrior 2 & Reverse Warrior
- Forward Fold or Hands to Feet
- Child’s Pose
- Extended Triangle
- Seated Head-to-knee
- Half Tortoise
- Twisting Sage
See my previous posts on fitness and weightless, Weightless- Fruits of Labor, How I Lost Over 30lbs for Spring/Summer: Pole Fitness and Subscribe to my Blog and YouTube Channel for upcoming videos and posts on Diet, Fitness, and Weight-loss.