Remember way back to last year when I shared my Lazy Girl’s Guide to Fitness? Well, you guys asked, and I listened; the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Fitness is back by popular demand! This year I’m posting my new and improved Lazy Girl’s Guide to Fitness 2.0.
Have you ever heard the quote, “Summer bodies are made in the winter.” This quote couldn’t be truer, but also impossible to live by if you don’t have a routine. If we’re being completely honest, all I want to do in the winter is not worry about working out, but I know if I stick to my fitness routine, I’ll thank myself in three months. Now that bikini season is upon us, it’s time to put your game face on!
Lazy Girl’s Guide to Fitness was born last year while I was a freshman in college at Virginia Tech. I’ve always loved working out, but I struggled to actually get myself to the gym that first year of college. Half the time I hated it because once I got there and did my 20 minutes of cardio, I had NO idea what else to do.
The title “Lazy’s Girls Guide,” came from the struggle most women face of dragging themselves to the gym just to be intimidated by the dozens of machines they don’t know how to use. Been there, done that! That’s why all you need for this routine is yourself and a yoga mat. This easy workout sequence can be done in under 30 minutes with results, perfect for a woman on a mission; because women don’t need to work harder, we need to work smarter to target and tone our muscles.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a trainer; my form isn’t perfect and I’m not as strong and toned as I’d like to be. I’ve just gotten multiple requests from readers to share my workout routine and what works for ME. This routine may not be the same for everyone, and I don’t consider myself the most toned, fit person. I just do what works for me.
My Ten Minute Toning Routine
Planks — Planks are an AMAZING way to build strength and endurance. They put your abs and core to the test, and are one of the best exercises for a flat, toned tummy; I do three sets of planks each a minute long.
If you’re in super good shape a don’t feel the burn after a minute, add side planks.
Russian twists — Russian twists are another great core exercise, just be sure you aren’t putting a strain on your lower back. If you have the core strength and feel comfortable adding some weight definitely do so; I do three sets of 10 without weights.
Push-ups — I HATE push-ups. I’ve only ever been able to do 10 “real” push-ups in my life, and that was while I was in my best shape and training four times a week. I do two sets of 10 push-ups — normally the first four-five are “real” and the remainder are modified and on my knees.
Squats — Ladies, we all know squats are the best exercise for your booty. Personally, I walk to class every day and always take the stairs, but there’s no denying that squats show results. For squats, it is imperative that you have proper form to avoid injury. Make sure your feet are shoulder width apart and that your knees are in-line with toes. I do three sets of 20, and just warning, they start to burn and it’s the best feeling!
Donkey kicks — Donkey kicks are another great exercise for your glutes. Make sure your foot is flexed, your leg is at hip height and at a 90-degree angle. I do three sets of 10.
My Favorite Workout-Ready Pieces
If you have any questions about my routine or how it can be modified for you personally please reach out! Likewise, if you’re searching for a specific fitness piece (extra-support bra, compression leggings, etc.) always feel free to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Instagram!