Andrea introduces us to the pillow workout in today's getting fit.
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The Pillow Workout
Audra Lowe: Sometimes our workout needs a little extra push along with the person that needs to do the workout, but there's no need for fancy gym equipment. Here’s one that only requires something that you use every single night and it introduces us to the pillow workout in today’s getting fit.
You know when you’re talking about the pillow workout, the last place you think you’d find me is in the park, but Scott Herman, you develop the ab pillow extreme workout. You’re doing this right here in the park
Scott Herman: And it feels great!
Andrea Metcalf: Well, get up and put me through it because I want to learn some of these exercises.
Scott Herman: All ready. And you know, when you’re doing abs exercises, what’s the biggest problem? Lower back support, right?
Andrea Metcalf: Okay.
Scott Herman: Well everyone I — pretty sure has a pillow in their home. They can go somewhere, a friend’s house, hotel room — find a pillow. You can find one, right? Well, let’s lay down.
Andrea Metcalf: Okay. It really opens up my rib cage and I got it.
Scott Herman: Yes. And now, if you do a simple crunch, keeping hands behind your head without anyway of — you know that when you come down, the pillows lifting you up the ground with Andrea's, it’s creating a full contraction when you go up and down doing this crunches. But it didn’t just stop here. I can actually have her roll over to her side, and hit her oblique as well.
Andrea Metcalf: Okay, so—
Scott Herman: And these are called left turns. And as you see, she’s pretending she’s holding a steering wheel. And when she goes down, she’s going to actually turn all the way to open up her side and then crunch it in. You feel that right there?
Andrea Metcalf: I do, with all along the side, great oblique work and again the pillow’s supporting me. So it’s really opening up the range of motion,
Scott Herman: And we can have in our rule this way and new to the other side. Now, there's a great built-in feature with this pillow which you probably might not have thought was there. I'm going to have you roll back into the middle. And I have you sit up. I'm going to put up the pillow in setting two. Alright, now lay down.
Andrea Metcalf: Alright, so now it’s really opening me up.
Scott Herman: Now, she’s really high in the air. Let’s go make the exercise a little bit more difficult. Right, you fell all that. You see your abs contract.
Andrea Metcalf: Yeah, pull it in. These are great! Set of at least 15.
Scott Herman: 15 to 20 wraps. And the best part is, if you just set all the way up — a design — it’s a pillow automatically goes back to setting one. You can do more exercise.
Andrea Metcalf: Well, I know you have like a whole — on YouTube, the workout is called The Ab Pillow Exteme workout from Scott Herman Fitness. You can check him up in his website at www.ScotthermanFitness.com and you know, for more exercise tips, health and wellness, check me out on Twitter at Andreametcalf.
Audra Lowe: Thank you very much, Andrea. Not only can you guys follow Andrea on Twitter. You can also get even more of her great workouts including a skinny jeans workout. You definitely want to try that one.
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