I asked personal trainer Kalea Delezenne for some tips on how to tighten and lift those glutes, my ongoing fitness goal. I participate in her classes at least once a week since she's such a great instructor and could think of no better person to provide some tips for us. Read the interview below!
As a trainer I am in a unique position when it comes to assisting people reach their health and wellness goals. I get to motivate, encourage, dispel myths and occasionally help people over hurdles that they have placed in front of them. It is a rewarding career to say the least. There are a few areas that women are consistently looking to improve no matter their age; arms (“less waving hello after I stop”), abs (“this part RIGHT here”) and glutes (“how do I make this stick out more?”). While there is no magic method for improving our body (other than time, consistency and challenging ourselves) there are proven exercises we can perform that will help us reach our goals; in this case ‘I would like more junk in the trunk’.
1) What is the best exercise to improve a sad, flabby ass?
There are a few exercises that will help us improve our backside, but a guaranteed Queen of the Hill is the squat. Before you think ‘ugh I don’t like those’, think about what you are trying to accomplish. What is more important? The goal you want to achieve or taking on a challenge that will help you get there?
In addition to the squat, lunges and climbing stairs are excellent choices.
2) What is the best exercise to do if you’re in a time crunch and don’t have time to hit the gym?
Body weight exercises are great for this. Pushups, planks, wall sits, lunges and even a few burpees (if you are feeling up to them) will target all of your muscle groups in a short amount of time. Depending on your current fitness level you can start with 3 rounds of 2 pushups, 2 burpees and 2 lunges on each side and perform the plank and wall sit for 10-15 seconds.
3) Any tips or tricks for intensifying these exercises?
To intensify any exercise you can add weight through dumbbells or a barbell, increase the speed or number of reps, or decrease the time you spend resting in between.
4) What muscles make up our core? Our core is comprised of our glutes, hip flexors, rectus abdominals (6 pack muscles), obliques, tranverse abdominal (our inner girdle), erector spinae (the muscles that run along our spine) and hamstrings.
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If you’re shopping for Spring, hurry over to one of our absolute favorite shopping sites for women, Shopbop. Through Thursday, you can save 25% sitewide with “INTHEFAMILY14″ at checkout. Trust us, it takes a bit of the guilt out of some of the splurges you’ll want to make once you see this well-stocked site. Here are just a few of our favorites for spring:
From L to R. Club Monaco Nandani Top, Tibi Layered Halter Dress, Joe’s Jeans Skinny Ankle Jeans
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It's that time in the year for me when I retire the crewneck sweatshirts and get back in touch with a more feminine side with floral prints, dresses and shaved legs. And last Saturday's spring outfit all started with the summery cardigan.Nailah of the Office Armoire and I went shopping together at Kohl's to shop and style the same item for funzies. We have such different styles, but I appreciate and admire her polished looks and cool ass hair. We ended up choosing this great cardigan that I can't wait to style over tanks and shorts, but for this wear, I tossed it over a simple floral print dress and felt pretty polished. Check out how she styled her cardigan (will be up later today)!
Photos by Kyle Keberlein
Can't wait for warmer weather so I can wear these inspired by looks :)
We’re loving the bright spring looks on sale at some of our favorite kids’ sites this week. Give the little ones a wardrobe update and save a little too!
- Gymboree - Save up to 60% in the Spring Sale.
- Janie & Jack - Check out new reductions on adorable spring styles.
- Layla Grayce - Enjoy 20% off sitewide! Great gifts, toys, room décor and clothing can be found at this well-stocked site. Use “20SPRING” through 4.20.
- Nordstrom - Save up to 50% in this fabulous spring sale. We spotted favorite brands like The North Face, Sperry Top Sider,
- Tea Collection - Hurry! Get free 2-day shipping on special occasion wear just in time for Easter Sunday. Use “SENDITSPECIAL” through 4.15.
I love a good buffet and by good, I really have no standards as long as there are ample choices of treats and bacon. I could spend the rest of my days enjoying meals at a Ponderosa or an Old Country Buffet, but yesterday called for a more upscale version at a local hotel restaurant.
I took a big risk by wearing this shirt out to the buffet and hallelujah, not a single stain. I plan on wearing this shirt again to work this week with leopard dress pants, but for a low key sunday, jeans, cap toe heels and a bright colored clutch was all I needed.
Photos by Liz Vartoogian
Swap spring cleaning for spring shopping! Sounds good to us!
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Some people look at fit people on Pinterest to get re-motivated for fitness, but I find myself looking for colorful sports bras and these amazing mint colored shoes.1. Hangout Pant, $49.952. Up Tempo Tie Dye Bra, $483. Autoseal Grace Water Bottle, $10.994. Colorblock sports socks, $65. Performance Capri Tight, $27.996. 501 Classic Run Shoes by New Balance, $657. Peace of Mind Cami, $598. Nike Elastic Hairbands, $109. Double Strap Sports Bra, $10.80
I had been on the hunt for my own Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and yesterday, I got to bring mine home! Kyle and I planned a low key night with him including a walk in our neighborhood, a run to the pet store and grabbing dinner from a taco truck. We quickly realized James doesn't naturally understand how to walk on a leash and we skipped that struggle and just carried him.
I changed from my dress from work into Athleta Andale City Pants, semi sheer tank, leopard slip ons and a hat for our evening activities. The perfect layered outfit for on-the-go and chasing a 10 week old pup. Disclosure: Apparel provided by AthletaPhotos by Kyle Keberlein
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