All you need is a mat on the floor. No excuses!
I typically workout at boutique studios in LA and NYC. It’s my preference because I’m competitive; I like the accountability and challenge of group classes that are led by an experienced instructor.
My go to studios are The LIT Method and Carries Pilates Plus in Los Angeles, and SLT when I’m in New York. I try my best to go 4-6 times a week and when I can’t make it to the studio I do a quick 20-30 min workout at home that consists of quick intervals, alternating high and low intensity periods. It’s a great way to get your cardio in, no equipment needed. All you need is a mat on the floor. No excuses! lol
I like these exercises specifically for my abs and glutes!
- Start in high plank position with your shoulders over your wrists.
- Quickly drive each knee into your chest one at a time as if you’re running.
(Do this 20 times)
- Lie on your back with your hands behind your head, holding your head and shoulders up off the floor.
- Keep your legs long and straight, bring one leg into the air while the other hovers parallel to the ground.
- Keep switching legs continuously
(Do this for 20-30 seconds)
- Start on all fours, with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips.
- Keep your right knee at a 90-degree angle and slowly raise your leg behind you until your thigh is almost parallel to the floor. Pulse your flexed foot toward the ceiling by squeezing your glutes. Your back should be perfectly still in a neutral spine. The motion should be small and controlled with the muscle doing the work.
- Return to start position to complete one rep.
(Do 20 on each side— these are amazing for you bootie!)
- Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and then squat down until your thighs are parallel with the ground.
- Keep your chest up, your feet flat and your knees must be over your toes.
- As you come up from the squat, push through your heels and explode up in the air and jump a few inches off the ground.
- Land softly and quietly, and immediately go into another squat.
(Do 15-20 times)
** Once this is done repeat the entire sequence 3- 5 times
Credit: Alexa Kobylarz, photographer and Marisol DeJesus, artistic director