Lifestyle Workout Wednesday

Workout Wednesday: Swimsuit Shape-Up

February 19, 2014

I admit – I’m a Pinterest junkie. Every day I find myself pinning dozens of things I’ll find while perusing the addictive site…and then never making that DIY ottoman, doing that ‘perfect’ workout, or trying that new hairstyle. So, as a team, we’re going to start motivating ourselves and working on our fitness, gearing up for swimsuit season with some simple, effective, and fun workouts.

Every week, I’ll be delving into my Pinterest bank and giving an honest effort at one ten-minute or under workout. We’re all busy, and none of us really want to spend time on something that doesn’t work. Consider me your internet filter, helping you find fun, quick workouts that actually make a difference.

NOTE: I am in NO WAY a fitness professional. Please do not take my comments to be professionally backed, nor do I know what is best for every body. I am simply sharing my personal experiences with these workouts. If you are unsure if you should be doing a particular workout, please consult your doctor first.

Angel Workout

We’ll kick off this series with a ten-minute workout from FitSugar. Instructor Andrea Orbeck┬áhas worked with a number of Victoria’s Secret supermodels (including Heidi Klum and Karolina Kurkova), as well as celebrity clients (including Kourtney Kardashian, Maria Menounos, and Usher) to help them get into shape, stay fit, and look their best. ┬áThis particular workout was one of the one’s I’d pinned months ago, and never thought much about; I honestly thought the users responding about being out of breath after ten minutes were being a bit wimpy…until I actually gave it a shot.

 

 

Positives: These ten minutes are HARD. It’s constant movement, working your legs, glutes, arms, and abs, but they’re fairly easy moves. They also move at a good pace, making the video easy to follow, while the ten-minute timing makes it easy to do before work, before your nightly shower, or any other time you might have a few spare minutes. It’s also a prop-free workout, meaning I didn’t have to buy weights, a mat, or any other workout materials before starting.

Negatives: The background music is terrible. I recommend putting on a pump-up cd simultaneously, but not so loudly that you can’t hear their instructions.

Reaction: My body was definitely feeling it the next morning, but not so much that I felt uncomfortable or in pain. My glutes and thighs definitely benefitted the most, though I did feel it in my shoulders and upper arms as well.

Overall: I’d give this a 7/10. In about the 7th minute, I did have to pause the video for a quick breath – which is definitely a preferable option than having to stop in the middle of a class while the instructor and rest of the class continue on. I liked that I felt like I had done a good workout, without being overly exhausted.

 

Tried this workout? Have another one you’d like us to try? Let us know!

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