Flip Your Workout on its Head — Part 3

You read last week about how to do the Forearm Stand and the “L” Stand, and you’re already standing taller and stronger after trying them! Here are the final two moves of the blog series for better posture and upper back muscles. Want more? Check out my Slimnastics Workout book (Amazon).

Handstand (no photos, self explanatory):

For the handstand, face the wall and place our hands about a foot away from it, on the floor. Get into a tight down dog position by walking your feet close to your hands and letting your hips rise to the sky. Look between your knees at the wall on the other side of the room. Kick one leg up then the next onto the wall above you. Now that you are holding all of your weight in your arms, press firmly into the ground, engaging your back muscles, and slowly step one foot away from the wall, then the other, so that you are hovering in handstand, stabilizing your core to help support you! Gracefully float one foot down then the next and relax in child’s pose.

Wall Walk to Wheel:

This is another fun upper-​​back strengthener, heart-​​opener, and backbend. Walk up to a wall and step a foot or so away, turning so your back faces the wall. Slightly bend your back and reach the arms overhead to touch the wall. Return to standing and inch forward a few times until you feel that you could not do another backbend and touch the wall.

Wall Walk – Nikki Fitness

When you have found your position, bend your back and look overhead, reaching the hands towards the wall and this time pressing your palms into it. Keep the feet hip-​​width apart with knees slightly bent and core tight. Slowly begin to walk your hands down the wall as far as is comfortable or coming all the way to the floor into wheel pose with your hands on the floor and fingers facing your heels.

Trainer’s Tip: Push hard against the wall because gravity will be pulling you down and you need to support yourself until you can reach the floor.

Wall Walk to Wheel – Nikki Fitness

Once in wheel, proceed to Wheel Push-​​Ups or walk back up. To walk up, press the hands firmly back into the wall and walk yourself back up to standing. As a counter-​​stretch, take a forward bend and reach towards your shins or the floor. Hold for two long breaths.

Wheel Push-​​Ups:

The wheel push-​​​​up is my favorite upper back move because it requires no equipment, and I always feel the muscles getting sore and stronger afterward. Once in the wheel position with arms and legs straightening into the arch formation, start bending the elbows to just barely tap the head to the floor and then straighten the arms again. That is one push-​​​​up. Work up to doing fifteen at a time and always counter-​​​​stretch between sets.

Fitness – fit it in, upside-down!

Upside Down Moves for Strength and Posture

Turn Your Routine on It’s Head! — Part 2

Summer Olympics always inspire me to work harder, better, faster and stronger… and to switch up my routine. If you are looking for a new way to challenge yourself and those you train, why not add some gymnastics moves to your workout?

Last week I showed you the first of four moves that turn your routine on it’s head, from my “The Slimnastics Workout” book and DVD, to get you holding your own weight, strengthening your upper back and arms, and improving your posture. Below, I describe the second move, the L stand.

L Stand:

Sit on a mat facing the wall, with your legs extended in front of you. Your feet should touch the wall with them flexed, and place your hands next to your hips. This is how you measure your distance for the L Stand. Keep one hand on that mark where your hips were, and flip yourself over to face the mat. Place both hands where you measured, shoulders width apart and get into a tight down dog with your heels against the wall. Walk one foot then the other up the wall until your legs are parallel to the floor. (It helps to have a partner spot you so that they can tell you if your feet are too high or low. Look at the wall and push your hands strongly into the floor. Your body should look like an “L” in a 90% angle. You can also play with lifting one leg away from the wall at a time.

Fitness — fit it in, upside down!

The NikkiFitness Slimnastics Workout Book Launches in May

30-minute X-treme No-Equipment Routine Combining
Gymnastics, Plyometrics, and Advanced Yoga

By NikkiFitness
DVD Instructor, Former College Cheerleader, NYC Personal Trainer, Boot Camp Class Instructor, Yoga Teacher, Media Fitness Expert

“Work out because you can, and for all those whose bodies cannot. Motivation plus a tough, quick workout that you can do anywhere, is all you need. Fit in your fitness because your body is a gift.”

This is part of the motivation that Nicole Glor, NikkiFitness, provides in The Slimnastics Workout, released in May 2012, just in time for the Summer Olympics and beach bikini workout time!

She began her fitness journey as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, leading team conditioning workouts, and enjoying the benefits of gymnastic routines, cheerleading jumps, and toning while balancing your body weight in pyramids and partner stunting. She soon became a Manhattan-based group fitness instructor, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and star of seven fitness DVDs, fitness writer for Military.com and national TV fitness expert.

Through her classes, clients, readers and fans, she found the need for a different fusion workout. Something that had not been done, but that you could take anywhere. Something as challenging as P90X or Insanity, but not as complicated with all the DVDs and equipment. Something as short at the 30-minute express classes she taught at Crunch for busy New Yorkers. Something that will chisel your arms, boost your booty, cut up your core, strengthen and straighten your back, and melt away fat. Something like Slimnastics!

The NikkiFitness “Slimnastics” Workoutis an athletic routine that gets you ripped in a radical new way:

* · A yoga-​​based sun saluting warm-​​up readies the body but keep your sneakers on- you are going to need them!
* · Slim and tone your legs while melting away fat and cellulite with gymnastic/​cheerleading inspired explosive plyometric cardio drills like toe touches, spring squats, jump tucks, and jumping lunge kicks.
* · Alternate the intense cardio intervals with upper body and core-​​cutting balance moves from gymnastics and yoga with poses like forearm stands, eight angle (astavakrasana), and firefly (titibasana).
* · Finished off in a yoga-​​based stretch and cool down for the mind and body.

In The push-upstics Workout (GT Media; June, 2012; Amazon $35.00), NikkiFitness shares motivation, helps the reader change their life “starting today”, provides shape-up instructions to get you ready for Slimnastics, then shows the Slimnastics routine with step-by-step instructions and photos. From the novice to the extreme athlete, anyone can learn how to change their bodies and have fun without taking a lot of time to do it.
Time is often the key to a fitness routine. Aside from the Slimnastics routine, Nikki uses NikkiFitness tear-out sheets, she shows how to “fit in your fitness” morning, noon, and night; how working out helps at work; how to go from two modified push-ups to 100 full pushups per routines; how one move called “Down and Dirty” amazingly tones every major muscle group and provides a cardio workout; how to cross train; how to learn interval training and plyometrics; how to protect and strengthen your back; and how to “exercise your soul.”

The companion DVD and Vook (video book) The Slimnastics Workout DVD launches in June as well.

Slimnasticsis the workout you love to hate, and will have you loving the new you in no time.

About the Author
NikkiFitness, Nicole Glor, is 34 year-old fitness contributor on Fox and Friends, and the star of 7 fitness DVDs including new Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s workouts have been featured in over 100 national media outlets. She is also an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, a 200 RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor, author of the upcoming book “Slimnastics”, a fitness columnist for Military.com and a spokesperson for SilverSport antibacterial fitness products. Her “Slimnastics” workouts focus on multitasking toning and cardio intervals to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter!