Wednesday, May 18, 2011

At-Home Teen Workout Routine!

Watch my much-requested workout routine video here!
What's absolutely hilarious about this thumbnail is that I actually didn't use a dumbbell ONCE for the entire workout.  Hahaha!  I just saw Jonathan's set of 6, grabbed the lightest one and posed.  Oh well, I suppose this pretty much sets the tone of the video/post.  This is NOT meant to be taken too seriously because like I've said before I am not a personal trainer nor am I very *ahem* experienced in the sports department.  However this is the very easy at-home workout routine that I did in my bedroom as a teenager that contributed to me losing approx. 15-20lbs.  I still do it from time to time if I want to shed a few lbs (especially after Christmas, Easter etc., hahaha!).  I'd also like to add that this is only a strength training workout designed to tone the muscles in your body...if you want to lose weight you must do some sort of cardio activity as well.  For me it was swimming and walking but you can do anything you like so long as it gets your heart rate up :)
1. Crunches
These work your abs (stomach) and keep them nice and flat!  I used to do about 200 of these which is kind of insane but they really work!  If you can't manage 200, try doing them in sets of 10 and do as many reps as you can!  Obviously you want to be able to move the next day so don't overdo it!  I like to put my hands behind my head, elbows out and then lift your upper body towards your knees.  The slower you do these the more you'll feel the burn!
2. Reverse Crunches
These are reverse crunches which work your lower abdominal muscles.  You basically just lie flat on the floor and bring your legs up with your knees bent.  Then alternate between that position and bringing your legs straight up a couple of times. 
3. Leg Lifts
This will work your legs, but more specifically your inner and outer thighs.  Again with these, you will feel the burn the slower you do them.  Lying on one side of your body with your feet facing flat, lift your leg up and bring it down without touching the other leg.  Do this a few times and then switch sides to the other leg.
4. Butt Lifts
Who knows if this is actually the official name of this exercise but I've always called them "butt lifts" not that it really makes any sense...hahaha!  Here the most important thing is to keep your back STRAIGHT, which I'm sorry to say I didn't do...I only noticed when I watched the video back and it was actually quite curved :/  Sorry.  That's wrong!  You need to keep it straight the whole time and kneel with your legs and arms equally apart, then raise one leg and bend the knee and then punch the air (essentially "lifting" your butt!).  This will work out your booty and the backs of your thighs.  
5. Superman
This works out your back.  It's actually called superman, I didn't just make that up!  Lay flat on your tummy with your legs and arms pointed straight out and then lift both your arms and legs upwards at the same time.  Repeat a couple of times, you'll be able to feel it in your back muscles and it also stretches out your body!
6. Squats
Onto butt and legs again (can you tell that's my problem area, hahaha!?).  These are pretty simple to do but again you should keep your back straight (which I didn't!!!  I was leaning forward too much.)  Stand with your feet flat on the ground, legs apart and your hands on your hips (if you want to increase the intensity, use dumbbells...I clearly didn't) and squat, bending your knees slowly, then come back up again.  It's important to do this slowly and not really fast otherwise it's pointless.

That's it!  I hope this was helpful for some of you (I'm not talking about you fitness buffs out there...you guys are probably all blurry eyed from the tears of laughter at the ridiculousness of this workout right now) PLEASE remember I'm not a professional!  This is just what worked for me, and I like it because it's easy to do in the comfort of your own home...also it's less embarrassing that way...well, unless you go ahead and put it out for all to see on the internet like I just did.  ;)

Stay Stylish!
xoxo


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