How I Get in Shape Fast, by Olivia Culpo
It's easy to see how someone can become close with their trainer and/or workout buddy. There are a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (sometimes) that go into those early morning workouts, so it's important to make sure you've got the right person by your side! For this story, I gave my trainer Marlene the go-ahead to tell you how she whips my butt into shape. Her workouts are focused on building long, lean muscle and a little bit of cardio. I met Marlene at FlyBarre when I accidentally parked my car in an illegal zone—I wish I could say that was the first time. Anyway, when I got out of her class, my car had been blocked in and the parking attendants had left. I had no way of getting my car out! Also, my phone was about to die, so Uber was also going to be an issue. It was pretty much a disaster. And then, out of nowhere, Marlene appeared! She gave me a ride home, and that was the beginning of our friendship. If that experience didn't bond us, then her blood-pumping workouts certainly have! She makes the 7 a.m. alarm a little less daunting—which we all know says a LOT.
Keep scrolling to discover Marlene's expert moves that help whip my body into shape, fast.
Lie on your right side and wrap your right hand around your torso. Next, press your left hand into the ground and pulse your hips up, pushing away from the floor. Finally, pulse for one minute and repeat on the opposite side.
Lie down on your back with your feet flat underneath your knees and your hands down by your side. Raise your glutes up, keeping your stomach tight. Hold for 10 seconds and pulse up 10 times for 10 reps total. For an extra challenge, raise one leg off the floor.
Do a push-up with both feet on the floor and rotate to a side plank. Open your arm up to the sky and slowly lift the same leg. Next, bring the hand and foot back down to the floor for another push-up and repeat on the other side. Do as many as you can for one minute.
Start on your hands and knees with your navel tucked into your spine and your shoulders away from your ears. Release the right arm in front of you and your left leg behind you. Bend the elbow and knee in together and release back out 10 times. Next, place your hand back on the floor and press the foot toward the ceiling 20 times. Keep the knee bent above your hip. Straighten the same leg behind you with a pointed foot and lift up 20 times. Lastly, tap the foot to the right and outside to the left making a rainbow arch behind you 10 times. Repeat on the other side.
Lie on your back with hands behind your head and pointed toes in front of you. Lift your head as you criss-cross your feet up to 45 degrees and back down just above the floor five times. Then, bring your knees and elbows in together and release your legs back out five times. Lastly, keep the knees bent above your hips and twist side to side, opposite elbow to opposite knee 10 times.
This is important for creating a long, lean line. It helps to relax and elongate the muscle post-workout. The result is greater joint range of motion and improved flexibility. Your exercise routine will become much more efficient and effective.
And that's it—you’re done!
Working out is all mind over matter. Your body is a lot stronger than you think and capable of so much. Just make a commitment for a few weeks and keep it consistent. It doesn't have to be gruelling or monotonous. Grab a friend and try new classes to mix it up! If you are consistent with this routine three times a week, after two weeks you will start seeing results!
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