On Tuesday I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon chatting with the amazing trainer behind, Beauty and the Bod blog, and the ever popular Toronto Bod Squad, Christie Preston. It’s so nice to be able to connect with my peers in the fitness industry and dish about everything from our favorite healthy snacks, to how to improve our business to make it the best it can be! Christie and I decided to meet at one of my favorite spots to go for healthy snacks Fiesta Farms.
We traded recipe ideas, and perused the endless isles of healthy eats.
So many choices of noodles, how will I choose!
Spelt won, because it’s easier on my gluten allergy. My next endeavor is miso soup with soba noodles!
Next it was off to Christie Pits park to do a workout! We had such a great time exchanging exercise ideas and talking about fitness. Christie’s workouts are high energy, intense, and athletic, but she’s a firm believer in Pilates and moving from the core. Subscribe to Christie’s Youtube Channel
to check out one of her energizing workouts, or ‘like’ her Facebook
page fore more info on a Bod Squad session happening near you! And look out for our collabo video coming soon! Today’s hang out sesh with Christie inspired me to put together a Pilates ab sequence that is perfect as a follow up to a high impact workout. Mix it up this week, sweat it out, and take your Pilates to the gym!
The bear walk: Start on all fours start to lift the same arm and leg bending at the knee and elbow, then switch the other side. Keeping your core engaged and your body in center. Repeat 10-15x
Tip: Try not to lean to far to one side, see if you can just lift the arm and leg by engaging your core. Works the abdominals, obliques, hips, and shoulders.
Pike Plank: Start with forearms on the mat with the shoulders lined up right over the elbows. Step both feet back into plank. Squeeze your low belly in and push your bum up into the air into a pike position, then returning to plank. Repeat 5-10x
Tip: In plank keep your hips in line with your shoulders, and try not to dip the low back. This works your core and shoulders, not your low back!
The Criss-Cross: Lying on your back bend one knee over your hip, and extend the other leg long. Curl up and twist the upper body to look over your bent knee, then switching to the other side. Repeat 8-12x
Tip: Keep your hips stable, only the upper body should twist. You feel your low belly and obliques a whole lot more!