Spring Break Fitness

With the kids off of school for Spring Break I know I am not going to be able to get to the gym this week. I also know that my efforts of eating healthy will go out the window. Since bathing suit season is right around the corner, I decided to have a private training session at my home with personal trainer Jessica Lederman before the break.

Jessica trains her clients at home or at a private training gym in Roslyn. I usually take classes when I go to the gym as I need to be instructed on what exercises to do and it also helps me feel motivated. I enjoyed having Jessica come to my house because I was able to really focus and concentrate on the exercises without being distracted. During the session, Jessica gave me some great exercises that I could do alone during the break and in the future as well. We took some photos so that I could share them with all of you!

What I love about these exercises is that they are a full body workout and they are quick! All of the exercises can be done by purchasing a gliding disc (available on Amazon) or with a paper towel. The best part of using the paper towel is that you can clean your house while exercising! If the kids ask what you are doing, just tell them you are cleaning. Either they will run away quickly or they will want to join in. It’s a win-win situation!

This is a full body circuit. Perform each exercise 10 times for 3-5 sets. Before you begin, warm your body up with 30 jumping jacks. Also, in between each set you can do 30 jumping jacks, or jump rope to keep your heart rate up. 

 

Single plank touches – In a forearm plank position, place the disc (or paper towel) underneath one hand and reach forward straightening your arm. Keep your hips stable, no arch in the back and gaze towards the floor. If you need to, try separating your feet for more stability. To progress, you can do a double plank touch. Use 2 discs (or paper towels) and alternate hands.

Firemans – In a forearm plank position, place 2 discs under your toes. Firmly plant your forearms on the ground and extend your elbows. Push your hands into the ground to move your arms back and then pull into the ground to move your arms forward. Keep your body straight with no arch in the back. This is an advanced ab workout.  

Reverse lunge – Stand up tall and keep your core tight. Place the disc under your foot and push it back into a reverse lunge. Then pull it forward to a standing position. Make sure to keep your core tight and watch that your knees don’t come over your toes. To challenge yourself, add on a dumbbell (or water bottle). Hold the dumbbell long as you go into your lunge and then do a bicep curl as you come up into a standing position.

Lateral lunge – Stand up tall and keep your core tight. Place the disc under your foot and push your leg out parallel. Sit back into the standing leg. Watch that your knees don’t come over your toes. Come up to a standing position. To challenge yourself, add on a dumbbell (or water bottle). Hold the dumbbell long as you go into your lunge and then come up to an overhead press

Hope you enjoyed these exercises and my instructions were clear! Let me know what you thought by leaving a comment below! Have a great Spring Break!

If you are interested in booking a private session with Jessica you can contact her at lederjess@gmail.com

 

 

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