Bikini Ready?  Let’s Love Ourselves First!

Bikini Ready? Let’s Love Ourselves First!

Love your body

It’s almost the end of February and already I can feel  Spring in the air.  With that sniff of Spring, comes the inevitable mention of Summer and people wanting to get ready to wear their summer clothes, and specifically to look good in their bathing suits!  I get it, in fact, it’s my business to get it.  I understand that people want to look better, feel better and be healthier, and I will offer my services to help them, BUT…….

Do you want to be bikini ready?  Or do you want to love the skin you are in?

It’s not hard at all to be bikini ready.

You have a body, you put on a bikini and you stop worrying what other people will think!

We obsbikini bodyess over what we look like, what others will think, and how social media will observe us, which is a bit creepy if you ask me.  But we shouldn’t!!  We need to love ourselves just as we are right now.  Just like the 2016 Special K commercial suggests, #own it.  (Google this commercial if you haven’t seen it)! This is how we change the world’s perception, society’s “norms” and the media’s strangle hold over our bodies, our self esteem and our body image. As women, we are so influenced by what others think, and by so called celebrity culture, but why? Do we not realize that almost all of the magazines are air brushed, and that celebrities are just people who bleed red just like you and me?

Why do we obsess, as soon as the snow starts to melt that we don’t or won’t look good? We need to start taking up our own space in the world, and really learn to love ourselves and our bodies as they currently are. Yes, we can want to make changes…I know I am always striving for better technique in the gym, better nutrition and heavier lifts.  We are works in progress and making small changes each day, goes a long way to making our selves better, fitter and healthier.

If you do want to make changes to your lifestyle, fitness, or nutrition get in touch with me. I am happy to help.

Below are some strength training exercises that are beneficial to get you started to a healthier you….and to love the skin you are in!

If you are going for overall fitness, try doing a circuit. Try to do 8-10 reps of an exercise, move right into the next exercise and complete a circuit of 6 exercises. Do the circuit 3-4 times.  Do a lower and an upper body then add in a cardio burst (of 10 reps or 20-30 seconds).  I typically do all of my ab work at the end of my circuit training, but it’s a personal preference.

Cardio enhancing:  Jumping jacks, plyometric lunges, jump squats, mountain climbers, burpees, squat thrusters, frog jumps, hamstring buttkicks, and tuck jumps

Upper body: tricep dips, push ups, bicep curls, shoulder presses, front lateral raises, side lateral rais0x1a0125es, deltoid flys.

Lower body: squats, plie squats, goblet squats, curtsy lunges, side lunges, reverse lunges, crab walk, band walks, glute/hip bridges

Ab work: crunches, Russian twists, deadbugs (hand to heels obliques), double leg lifts, bicycle crunches, plank, side plank, up and down planks, birddog, supermans, flutterkicks.

Remember, you have a body, put a bikini on it and love the skin you are in!!

In health and fitness,

Coach Lori