The Ultimate Winter Workout

WORKOUT
Monday, November 28, 2016
THE ULTIMATE WINTER WORKOUT

Set your goals high this winter and fall in love with exercising sessions once again when you follow this amazing winter workout. Created, tried, and tested by celebrity trainer Lara Hassan - who founded her own method called Body by Lara in recent years and is responsible for getting many A-list figures ready for their red carpet events - this workout will improve your fitness level and help you tackle unwanted fat, sculpt your body, and improve your stamina!

 

Getting back into shape is a decision that allows you to enjoy a positive outlook on how you view your body and take care of it. You have goals to achieve, a transformation to go through, and a mindful relationship to endure with your body. Working out becomes less of a punishment and more of quality time you spend with yourself.

 

In this workout, I offer a plan that will work the entire body; it can be adapted to the strength and fitness level of everyone. This workout will not just get you in shape; it will get you ready for hitting the slopes this winter season! The fitter you get, the more repetitions you can do. You will push your stamina to a higher level and burn fat without having to spend long hours at the gym.

 

The Plan

Start with a quick warm up, like a gentle jog or running in place, till you get your heart rate up. Find a bench or a chair to use and perform three sets of eight in each exercise. Use your breath to help engage your abdominals. Perform exercises with precision.

Tricep Dips
Tricep Dips
In a seated position using a bench, place your hands by your hips; maintain good posture by lengthening your back and place your feet under your knees on the ground. Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle and keep your shoulders down. Press the bench away from you as you lengthen your arms; keep equal weight on your hands. For an extra challenge, lift one leg and place it over the other. Keep your hips level and your back long. Perform three sets of eight repetitions in each position.
Plank / Cardio Interval
Plank / Cardio Interval
Find some floor space and go to a plank position. Make sure you pull your stomach in to support the back; place your hands under the shoulders with arms straight. Keep your shoulders and your hips level. Run the knees in towards the chest, alternating legs. Start slow and build up speed to a level where you push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
Leg and Butt Work
Leg and Butt Work
Place your hands on top of a barre or bench in a standing position with arms extended in line with shoulders. Place feet under your hips, lengthen the back, and reach one leg to the back in line with the pelvis. Bend your knee, kicking heel to butt in a controlled motion. Bend the knee of the standing leg as you bring the right knee towards it, and as you straighten your left leg, you kick your right foot up.
Plié Squats
Plié Squats
Stand sideways next to a bench and place one foot on top of the bench with the other on the floor. Maintain a straight back. Bend your knees while keeping them in line with the second toe; hold for 3 counts. Then, lengthen the legs as your press the heels to the floor.
Standing Side Plank Against a Bench
Standing Side Plank Against a Bench
Lean sideways over a bench or the top of a chair. Place your elbow on top in line with your shoulder lengthening the body diagonally towards the crown of your head. Place your right foot in line with the hip and reach your top leg out in line with the top hip or slightly forward. Be careful not to arch your back; gently draw in your abs and control the movement of the leg moving it up and down towards the floor.
Elevated Bridge Position for Butt Shaping
Elevated Bridge Position for Butt Shaping
Lie down on your back and place your feet against a bench or chair. Align your hips and place the arms beside the body. Press your triceps and palms against the floor and draw your abdomen in. Contract the glute-hamstring connection and push your hips up in the air. Be careful not to arch your back or put too much weight on the neck. Add bending one knee for an extra challenge.
Lunges
Lunges
Standing sideways next to a bench or chair, step back with the right foot in a lunge position. Place the feet at hip width distance apart and bend at the knees making sure to keep the front knee in line with the ankle. Pause and then straighten the legs.
Plié with Heel Raises
Plié with Heel Raises
Stand in a wide squat position. Lift one heel and bend your knees to a 90-degree angle keeping the knees in line with the second toe as you bend. Straighten the legs as you draw the hips and the inner thighs towards each other. Repeat on the other side.
Core Work
Core Work
Lie down on your back, bend your knees in towards the chest, and press the legs against each other; rotate at the hips to a turned out position pressing the heels together. Start in a bent knee position lying on the back, contract your abdominals, and keep your back flat with abdominals pressing into the floor. Extend legs out at a 45-degree angle and pull the knees back in.
Back Stretch in a Squat Position/Cat Back
Back Stretch in a Squat Position/Cat Back
Squat facing a bench or fixed barre; reach your arms forward and hold the bench. Round your back and contract your abdominals as you look towards your belly. Hold position and take a few breaths, then release. Repeat four times.
Standing Stretch To Finish
Standing Stretch To Finish
Stand with your feet placed wider than the hips and arms stretched out to the side. Roll the spine down and rotate to reach your left arm to the right foot. Rotate at the waist while keeping the abdominals engaged.
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