This post is a part of our first Kickstart Fitness week on Fit Bottomed Mamas to help moms and future moms be fitter and healthier in 2012. Read all of this week’s special content here!
Ready to get your sweat on with a New Year’s workout? Sara Haley (who previously shared her top belly-blasting moves), Global Reebok Master Trainer and creator of the upcoming Daily Sweat Pregnancy Program: Expecting More prenatal fitness DVD has come up with 12 moves that are sure to kickstart your 2012 fitness routine.
If you’ve gotten bored with your old workout favorites like lunges and push-ups, use this guide to spice up your workout. You only need one set of 12-pound free weights (although feel free to bump it down if you’re a beginner, and always be sure to work to your comfort level). Begin with the 2012 Hustle to warm up, and then throw the 11 other exercises into a hat. Pull them out one by one to set the order of your workout for the day. Perform each exercise 20 times, taking breaks as needed. You may have to work up to 20 reps, as well as work up to finishing the program in less than 20 minutes. Use the modifications as needed, but don’t be afraid to bump it up to the challenges when you’re ready. Happy New Year, muscle mama!
12 Moves in 20 Minutes
1. 2012 Hustle. Always begin with this exercise first. It will get you warmed up, your blood flowing and your entire body mobilized.
To do: Alternate lifting your knees to your chest four times (right, left, right, left). Alternate kicking your butt four times (like a hamstring curl). Make sure to use your arms like you are really running. Repeat entire sequence 20 times.
Benefit: By lifting your legs high, your hips and hamstrings will mobilize and your core will activate. As you kick your butt, your quads dynamically stretch as you reach your heel towards your butt. As you pick up your pace, you’ll get your heart rate up and your body ready to work.