Work Out Wednesday!

by DavalosMcCormack on May 12, 2010

Here comes the spring followed by the summer and hmmmm maybe this is the year for a new bathing suit!  After all, I don’t think I have bought a new one for, oh let me see, yes, I bought my newest suit 7 years ago when the spandex the old one gave out.  Time to reassess body parts that need the most change for a new look that accentuates a good looking…or good enough looking  body!

We can dream can’t we?  Yes, we can!

Say So-Long to  Belly Fat and Hello Gorgeous with 3 simple exercises!

First Up:  Let’s talk about sets and reps!  These exercises call for 6 to 12 repetitions depending on the difficulty of each.  That means that you will do the same movement 6 to 12 times for one exercise, then go on for the recommended reps for the next exercise.  After you have completed all three exercises you have done one set!  Make sure you rest for 30 seconds between sets and then do at least 3 sets of the following exercises 3 times a week.  How many weeks, you ask?  Until you can see your toes again just by looking down or until you can bounce up and down and nothing jiggles.  Better yet, continue these exercises until you “Look Good Enough!”

These exercises are from Women’s Health Magazine.

Here’s one called the Alternating Dumbbell row:

Use a pair of heavy dumbells, choose a weight that will challenge you without over doing it.  Hold the dumbells in each hand standing with your feet shoulder-width apart.  Bend your knees slightly and bend forward at your hips while keeping your lower back in a naturally arched position.  Now lower your upper body till it is amost parallel to the floor letting the dumbells hang at arms lenght from your shoulders.  Raise the dumbell in your right hand up the side of your body by bending your elbow and raising dumbell to your armpit you can feel your shoulder blade toward your spine.  As you lower the dumbell begin the same movement using your left hand.  When you finish you have done 1 rep!  Do 6 to 8 reps of these.

Rest a few seconds and contemplate how fabulous you are beginning to look already!

Here’s another easy one with dumbells that will make a big difference in the belly area:

Grab a dumbbell that is not too heavy but still challenging, you can do this with a kettle ball too!  Hold each end  of the dumbell with each hand at arm’s length in front of your waist. your feet should be in a wide stance about twice your shoulder width apart, your toes turned out slightly. Now lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Keep your back as upright as you can, make sure your lower back is not straining and in a natural position.
Pause, then push to stand to the starting position.  You can do 10 to 12 of these babies…then rest.

When you have rested a short time, go on to a core muscle exercise. Get into a push-up position, arms straight, hands at shoulder width, make sure your body is in a straight line from head to ankles. Now bring your right knee in to your chest.  Pause there, then return to the starting position, do the same with your left leg, that’s one rep.  Do 10 of these. 

You have done a set!  Rest for 30 seconds between each full set. Now, do 3 sets of these 3 exercises and you are on your way to a very flat belly!

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