It’s almost time to pack away the electric blanket, strip off those winter layers and re-enter the world of sunshine and happiness, because in approximately 60 hours the clock ticks over to spring and everything will be right with the world once more. And what better way to kick off everyone’s favourite season* than with a 30-day fitness challenge you can do at home?…
If I had a dollar for every time I’d skipped out on the abs section of a workout… well, let’s just say I’d probably have enough cash-money to just buy myself a six-pack via some of that abdominal etching surgery instead*.
I think it’s because I used to tack them onto the end of a workout, which meant by the time I was supposed to be doing my first set of
hell oblique crunches I was already a hot sweaty mess that wanted nothing more than to escape to the shower. These days my workouts are less frenetic and waaaaaaaaay less sweaty, and I’ve actually come to enjoy the old oblique crunch and his many pals. In fact, some days I’ll actually do an abs workout at home while I’m watching Masterchef, just, you know, because!
This little 10-minute ab workout kicks off by warming up through the entire mid section, and difficulty increases from there. Perform each movement in a really slow and controlled manner for maximum effectiveness, aim for the shakes, and always ALWAYS keep your core connected.
10-minute ab workout (no equipment)
10 exercises |45 seconds work | 15 seconds rest
- Crunches – level 1 (feet flat on floor)
- Oblique crunches – level 1 (feet flat on floor, alternating sides, hips do not move)
- Toe taps (imprint lower back into mat, legs at tabletop, alternating sides)
- High plank
- Crunches – level 2 (legs at tabletop)
- Oblique crunches – level 2 (legs at tabletop, alternating sides, hips do not move)
- Leg extensions (imprint lower back into mat, legs begin at tabletop, alternating sides)
- Mountain climbers
- Low plank
- Pilates 100
Have a splendid four-day week Aussies, and to everyone else, happy Monday!
*FYI and in case there’s any confusion… you can chalk abdominal etching surgery up under ‘things I’ll never be doing’, along with bungee jumping and owning a ferret.
There’s something about working out to music that makes you want to work a little harder, run a little faster, jump a little higher, right? But finding headphones can can stand all that sweat and bouncing around is easier said than done.…
I reckon that there’s nothing quite as inspiring as being surrounded by people who are following their passion for health and fitness. Doesn’t matter whether you’re making a career of it, running a side hustle (me!) or just focused on being the healthiest and happiest version of yourself, it makes my heart sing to see.…
As a platform, Instagram isn’t always the best thing for our mental health, so I try really hard to follow only people and brands that add some value to my life. The five inspiring women I’m sharing with you today are all very different humans, from very different backgrounds; some on the world stage and some local to Sydney (for now at least). I like each of them for different reasons, but they do all have one thing in common: they make me feel good about myself.
Bec has been real and raw and genuine on Instagram since way before it was cool. She’s strong, she’s fit, she is truly hilarious and she posts videos of herself dancing awkwardly on occasion (although not as often as she used to unfortunately). If you’ve ever felt like you’re not good enough/small enough/big enough/strong enough/’girly’ enough… any of those ‘enough’ statements, then you really need to be follow Bec. She’ll help you more than you’d imagine someone you’ve never met from Instagram possibly could.
Oh man, Misty Copeland is just ridiculous. In 2015 she became the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, a groundbreaking achievement given there have been hardly any African-American principal ballerinas at major companies. Her Insta is a mix of breathtakingly elegant dance photos and images that give a bit of a peek into her ‘regular’ life (if we can call it that).
Beck Jackson is only 23, but she seems to have the maturity of someone 10 years older. Honestly if I’d had 30% of her maturity at that age I’d have been pretty grateful. Beck struggles with skin issues and I love how open she is with that conversation; it’s really refreshing. She’s super fit, and you can expect a decent whack of bikini images in her feed with captions that are often quite thought-provoking and always very real.
OK so Chrissy Teigen has 16.3 million followers and you’re quite possibly already one of them. If you’re not, you don’t know what you’re missing out on! Chrissy is freaking hilarious, and I love how unashamedly herself she is, even with so many eyes on her. She says all the things we like to think we’d say if we were famous (but probably wouldn’t be funny enough or brave enough to actually say them).
Julia Hunt must be one of the most likeable humans on Instagram. She uses the platform to spread messages of inclusion and love, and to talk about her experiences with anxiety and clubfoot. She’s gorgeous, funny and incredibly sweet. Must be something in the genetics because Julia is the younger sister of Libby Babet (2017 Biggest Loser trainer,) who is one of the nicest humans I’ve come across in the fitness industry in Sydney. Julia also has a really cute dog and I appreciate that in a person.