An Inch Taller and an Inch Smaller

Hey SCSL’s!

Be my Valentine, please!  As my Valentine I want to share two things with you.  A delicious treat and a workout that will lengthen and tone your legs, arms and torso!  You’ll be looking long and lean for your weekend plans, whatever they are <3

The Long & Lean Routine

Up first is your quick and effective dose of barre.  This sequence is designed to strengthen and lengthen.  It tightens up through the core and extends all the way to the fingers and toes.  It’s simple enough to follow, so I want your main focus to be on posture and carriage.  Keep your abs contracted with the ribcage pressed slightly forward to keep the spine long and vertebrae stacked.  Grow through the crown of the head and keep your shoulders down away from your ears.  You’ll do 16 reps of each exercise unless otherwise noted.  Most of these are self explanatory, but let me clarify a few things:

long and lean routine

For the Plank with arm & leg extension, you’ll get into a high plank position (still keeping good posture).  You’ll reach your right arm in front of you, stretching it as long as you can.  At the same time, lift your left foot off of the ground, pointing the toe, keeping the leg straight and long.  You’ll repeat that 16 times on each side (alternating sides).

With the Slow motion wide pushups, keep the hands on either side of the chest with them very far apart (wider than a standard pushup).  Using slow and controlled motion, lower down until the elbows are parallel to the chest then press slowly back to the start position.  Your pace should be about 4 counts down and 4 counts up.  Do 8 reps of this exercise to complete 1 set. You can modify by lowering the knees to the ground for extra support.

The En qua leg raises are similar to the ones we do in our barre warm up.  Implement all posture advice 🙂 Then extending the leg in front of you, kick to the front and return to first position.  Do the same thing to the side and back, then to the side again.  Repeat 16 times in each position.  Make sure you turn around and do the same thing on the other side.

Go through all 5 of the following exercises, then go back to the beginning and repeat them all.  Do this routine 2-4 rounds total (depending on how much time you have and your current level of fitness.  Focusing on improve the posture will help you gain an inch or more in height (depending on your current posture) and will make you look like you lost inches everywhere else.  It’s an instant affect, so you must practice!

Time for the Treat!

Here is a fabulous recipe that I tested last weekend.  It is insane how easy, delicious and nutritious it is!  I got this recipe from KrisCarr.com.  I made the filling as it’s listed in her recipe.  For the chocolate, I didn’t have all of the ingredients, so I just melted one of these:

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This is my “go to” chocolate bar when I need a fix.  I usually keep a few in the freezer…ya know…in case of an emergency.  I tend to have frequent emergencies.  Click here for the recipe.  

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That’s your finished product!  It’s the perfect treat for your Valentine (or yourself!)  Make sure you share.

Your turn!  Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Share your creative ideas with me!

 

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