If you're at all familiar with the world of boutique Pilates studios, you've probably heard of Solidcore — it was one of Michelle Obama's favorite workout classes in D.C. The low-impact but high-intensity workout uses slow and controlled movements to sculpt those coveted 'long, lean muscles.' And now, their classes are available on Equinox+, so you can get the perks of the workout method from home. (Because unless you're a Kardashian, chances are you don't have a megaformer — that's the contraption made up of a gliding platform, straps, and springs you see in Pilates studios — in your home gym a.k.a. the corner of your living room.)
"Solidcore works your muscles to failure which will result in a slow-twitch shake on our machine, or in your living room with Equinox+," explains Kayla Raspallo, Senior Master Coach at Solidcore.
Since butt-lifting leggings and jeans seem to be everywhere right now, we asked Raspallo to share a quick butt-toning workout inspired by her Equinox+ Solidcore class. "The goal of this lower body workout is to get your muscles to failure. That's a fancy way of saying that the muscle is simply unable to perform another repetition," she says. Yes, it sounds scary, but "it's not about how many reps you do but rather how slow each rep is — the slower the better," Raspallo adds.
How it works: Try this lower-body sequence once through (about 10 minutes) for a quick burn or two times (20 minutes) for an ultimate burn and shake, Raspallo says.
You will need: A yoga mat or carpet to support your elbows, sliders or towels, and small weights (3-8 lbs) if you want to add to the challenge.
1. Plank to Pike
The plank is an isometric core exercise that works the entire body.
A. Start in a plank position with wrists, arms, and shoulders stacked. Elongate from the crown of your head all the way past your tucked tailbone and out past the heels of your feet. Knit your rib cage together while pulling your belly button up. Squeeze your glutes!
B. Now that your core is engaged, start to lift your hips bringing your body into a V position, holding for 5-10 seconds.
C. Slowly lower back to plank position.
Try 5 plank to pikes in a row.
2. Glute Bridge
This exercise will strengthen and build your glutes by engaging your glute muscles, core, lower back and hips.
A. Lay on your back with your feet stacked under your knees.
B. Lift and lower your hips, making sure to squeeze your glutes when your hips are high. Remember, slow and controlled!
Repeat for 10 reps.
Glute Bridge Variation
If you want to challenge yourself, you can add in this variation:
While holding your hips high, lift your left leg straight to the ceiling, hold, then lift and lower your hips to activate the supportive right leg (and glute) that's on the floor. Repeat on the other side.
Repeat for 10 reps.
This move is a great way to isolate your hamstring and glutes with a limited range of motion.
A. Begin with both elbows and right knee down on the floor to support your body and hips and shoulders squared. Engage your core and pull your belly button up.
B. With your left leg bent 90-degrees, flex your foot. Think heel to the ceiling as you pull your toes down to your shin.
C. Lift and lower your left leg. Think 2-4 inches up with a 1 inch down. Squeeze your glute when you get to the top part of your range of motion.
D. Challenge yourself by adding a small weight behind the back of your knee.
Perform 10 reps, then repeat on the other side.
The Lunge is a Solidcore lower-body staple that not only works the entire leg but also your core.
HomeBODIES is our new recurring column bringing you beginner-friendly workouts you can do from the comfort of home. This week, a quick butt workout from Pilates-based workout Solidcore that is designed to make your muscles fail — in a good way.
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