10 Minute Ab Workout

We all have fitness goals–and building a strong core is one of mine.

Below you will find a demonstration of 5 different ab workouts with modifications. See instructions for workout below:

**Go your own pace, take breaks when you need it, and feel free to do the modification step.  Even if you’re just starting out, the modifications STILL engage the core and you can still achieve results.

Complete 2 rounds of each exercise for 1 minute each–resulting in a 10 minute workout. Try to complete ab workouts 3-4 times a week for maximum results!

  1. PLANK:

    • Engage the core and try to keep a straight line form (hips are not hanging toward the ground, butt is not up in the air). You may complete these with straight arms (working on the shoulders as well) or with your elbows down (focusing more on core)
    • MODIFICATION: Place knees on the ground, but still engage core (you will still get a great workout)
  2. SUPERMANS:

    • With your body lying front-side, flat on the floor, lift upper and lower halves of body (kind of like you are flying like superman). You may bend arms or keeps arms straight.
    • MODIFICATION: I find bending arms is a little easier, make sure you continue squeezing those muscles!
  3. BICYCLES:

    • Lying on your back, bring opposite elbow to opposite knee while keeping your belly button in and core engaged.
    • MODIFICATION: The higher you raise your legs, the easier the exercise will be, but still effective!
  4. LEG RAISES:

    • A little advanced, this exercise works the full abdominal region. In a back-lying position, keeping your legs straight, simply raise them slow and controlled up and down–really engage the core and try not to lose form.
    • MODIFICATION: Place your hands under the small of your back (this will help control the core easier).
  5. PENGUINS:

    • Lying on your back with knees bent, use your hand to reach to the back of your heels (working the oblique muscles).
    • MODIFICATION: The closer you bring your heels in to your butt, the easier this exercise will be.

 

 

I hope you all enjoy this workout! Make sure to tag me @livebetterwithkatdetter or #livebetterwithkatdetter if you try it.

 

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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My Fitness Journey

I wasn’t always a fitness enthusiast. In fact, I used to use exercise as “punishment” for eating what I deemed “bad”.

 

I don’t categorize food as good and bad anymore–food is fuel…but that is a topic of discussion we will save for a later time.  Today, I want to share my fitness journey.

 

By now, you all know my struggles with  body image and properly fueling my body without feeling guilt. One thing I have not elaborated on is how I started exercising in the first place.

 

I can remember being a young girl, maybe 8 or 9, and my mom encouraging me to walk down the road and back with her. At the time, I did not know why she wanted me to walk with her so badly. It wasn’t fun. It was a battle. Nothing good came from it (or so I thought)–so why did she keep trying?

I’d fight and beg her not to make me…and usually she would give up and go walk by herself. Now, as an adult, I know that she was trying to instill the importance of activity to me at a young age so hopefully when I am older, I will see activity as a part of my normal-everyday routine.

 

It wasn’t until I was in middle school that I became obsessed with my body image that I started actually exercising…my brother and I would go running together, and he would literally have to push me so I’d keep going. Was it enjoyable? No…but the post-run high was completely worth it. That is when I started noticing how exercise made my mind feel good.

 

It never lasted…we would run every day together for a week, then go a month or two without consciously doing anything physically active.  Forcing myself to do certain exercises was not enjoyable for me.

 

As a freshman in high school, my mom got us a family YMCA membership so we could all work out together. She heard they were teaching Zumba Fitness classes and dragged me to one. After the first class, I said I was never going back.

 

I absolutely hated it. Crowds of people watching you dance, mirrors in front of you, no privacy…I was convinced it wasn’t for me.
However, my mom kept taking me and encouraging me to go with her. After attending for a few weeks, I loved it! I never wanted to miss a class. It was my “gateway” to other forms of group fitness classes like spin, weight lifting, and aerobics.

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After a few years of attending Zumba Fitness classes, I was given the opportunity to start teaching my own dance fitness classes as a 16 year old and loved it. Not only did it help my fitness journey grow but my personality grew as well. It became a social outlet for me and is still to this day!

 

By the time I was 17 I was working out in the gym regularly and running on days I didn’t teach dance fitness. When I moved away to college, I started training for run-races and completed several during my time in Tennessee and California. At 19, I obtained my Zumba Fitness license and continued teaching group fitness classes. I even completed 2 half marathons and my first triathlon last year.

Since then, I’ve taught at several gyms and even had my own studio going for a while.

 

At one point last year, I got stuck in a rut with my workouts and it became so frustrating that I forgot why I loved exercising in the first place. I was running on treadmills and riding stationary bikes because I didn’t know what else to do…I was burnt out from being the gym-rat I used to be…what was I supposed to do?

I then joined a group fitness challenge group where I was taught how to build HIIT workouts using only body weight–no gym or equipment required, and I saw great results. Since then, I dedicate 1-2 workouts per week solely for HIIT workouts, and try to strength train 1-2 days per week in addition to my cardio sessions. These workouts are fun for me!  For access to a FREE fitness HIIT workout demo with full workout instructions, click here.

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You see, I was not always a fitness fanatic. It took me 10 years to get where I am today, and I plan on growing even more on my fitness journey in the years to come.

 

What inspired you on your fitness journey? It’s important to know where you started for motivation to keep growing…

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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Jump-starting Your Fitness Routine

Have you made one of your goals to be more active this year but are having a hard time figuring out where to begin?

Today I am going to share with you a few ideas on how to get into the fitness world. Luckily, there are so many diverse options for people of all ages. The beauty of exercise is that if you don’t like one form of exercise (example: running), then you can choose a different type of exercise that you may love (example: dancing). Consistency is key! Find something you love and stick to it.

Ideas on Jump-starting Your Fitness Routine

  1. Join a Gym

This may seem too simplistic, but it is oftentimes an easy way to spark the fitness journey. Gyms have tons of equipment for both cardio and strength training as well as areas for stretching and body weight exercises. Most gyms also have personal trainers available for an additional fee that can create a workout plan specifically for you.

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     2. Group Fitness Classes

With a gym membership, there are usually a variety of group fitness classes available: Zumba, Dance Fitness, Spin, Yoga, Pilates, Silver Sneakers, HIIT, Weight lifting…the options are endless. These types of classes are a great gateway to fitness–I am speaking from personal experience. When I was 14, I joined a Zumba class and HATED it…after going a few times, I decided it was a fun way to exercise–and now I’ve been instructing for the past 7.5 years. Now I enjoy various forms of exercise outside of group fitness classes.

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Group fitness dance class back in my Underground Fitness days–it was so much fun! (P.S. I am the one in orange on stage) 🙂

    3. At Home Workouts

Let’s say you aren’t into the gym scene–I get it…monthly membership fees plus an initial sign up free can get costly…you can get great workouts in the beauty of your own home! Using either body weight or dumbbell free weights, you can still stay active. Stay tuned for various videos (next month) showing my favorite at home workout exercises to help tone muscles as well as strengthen that heart.

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Photo-bombed by Banzo Bean the cat.

   4.  Pinterest Workouts

This is my FAVORITE tool for finding new workout routines. Tons of people pin their fitness websites and there are so many types of workouts to choose from: body weight, dumbbells, kettle bells, at home, at the gym–I have a notebook full of Pinterest workouts to help me when I don’t know what to do for my workout.

    5. Livestream Classes

This is another exercise form you can utilize in the privacy of your own home. This works for some people–I am a Dance2Fit livestream member paying only $20 a month for unlimited Dance2Fit classes with Jessica James. They are so much fun, full of energy, and a total body workout. This isn’t like any other type of dance class–it combines HIIT techniques with toning and cardio to hip hop music. It’s an easy way for me to  sweat and burn calories whenever I want to! No traveling needed.

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I am a Dance2Fit livestream member (see link above)–$20 a month, unlimited Dance2Fit classes WHENEVER I want! And I promise you will sweat!

   6. Online Fitness Challenges

These are so much fun! I did one last fall called Fall Fit with Sarah and Jessica, and it was a 6 week program with 4 workouts per week ranging from 30 minutes to 1 hour with suggested cardio and abs. There were 2 versions: at home and gym workout–I bought the at home workout that was 100% no equipment needed using only body weight. It was affordable, doable for all fitness levels, and it helped me get stronger. There are so many online fitness challenges that are promoted, and it is another great tool to utilize in jump starting your fitness routines.

   7.  Workout Partner

This is one of the best ways to work out because you have an accountability partner-someone to encourage you to workout when you don’t feel like it…someone to go through the whole process with you…someone who feels the same struggles physically that you may be experiencing. It also helps fight the boredom when you go walking/running or weight lifting, and can make group fitness classes more fun when you’ve got a buddy with you.

Half Marathon Buddy
My pal Kristy and I trained together for 12 weeks for the Loma Linda Holiday Half Marathon a few years ago. Without her, I wouldn’t have made it!

   8. Staying Active in General

We are human, life gets in the way and we may not make it to the gym or have the time to do an at home workout…or your power may go out and you don’t have TV/internet to complete your online fitness challenge (speaking from experience!)…that is okay! My biggest advice is to stay active all week long. It doesn’t have to be an organized workout plan every.single.day. It can be as simple as going for a walk with your dog, a light bike ride with your spouse, or even chasing your kids in the front yard. The main idea is that you move your body a little bit every day–not just for your workout “gainz” but also for your mental health and overall well-being.

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Staying active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym–my husband and I stayed active this past Christmas by going for a light walk at our local park.

 

Now, it’s your turn to decide what you wanna try first! Try one of these suggestions and see how it goes for you. Every body is different, and we all like different things. I LOVE dancing, so naturally dance fitness style classes are my jam. Pick something and stick with it most days of the week–and every now and then pick something different to spice up your workout routine to not get stuck in a rut.

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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