If you haven't yet, read the January article, "Minutes to Thin It", here.
In order to make the most of your workout, you have to make sure to do the moves correctly! We enlisted the help of Bellevue Club trainer Siri Spurrier to demonstrate some of the more complicated exercises from the article. Watch the videos below and consult the REFLECTIONS article for any further explanation.
Oh, and don't forget to have a little fun!
Keep your back straight and your arms strong as you jump in to your body one leg at a time. Keep your head down to lessen the strain on your neck.
Keep your back straight and your feet about shoulder-width apart. No arching your back or hunching your shoulders. Lift and bring your arms back down slowly, always keeping your shoulder muscles engaged.
Plank Knee Twist
Keep your back flat and shoulders hip-width apart. Bring your knee to your elbow until it nearly touches, then slowly bring it back down.
Seated Russian Twists
Keep your shoulders back because hunching will create a strain on your back. With your arms out in front of you, twist from side to side in a controlled motion, using your abs to do the work.
Keep your hands flat against the mat behind you. Lifting your leg straight up, dip back down, utilizing your triceps and core, but never letting your butt touch the mat. Your elbows should be bending behind you, not to the sides.
Make sure your knees never go over your toes. After leaning back in a sitting position, you'll want to explode up, landing lightly back on your feet.
This exercise is a bit more challenging, so make sure to start slow. You'd rather go at a slower pace and perform it correctly, than rush through it and hurt your neck or back. When you crunch up, make sure to keep your back straight and maintain that 90-degree angle with your legs.