Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pilates Perfect Body Pursuit Teen Tuesday Post by Rebecca Elspas

Teen Tuesday
by Rebecca Elspas, Teen Blogger

The Mission for the Perfect Summer Bod

Highlighted hair. Toned arms.  Flat abs. Victoria’s Secret model legs. Beach tan body. The perfect summer bod. It all seems too good to be true, doesn't it?

Me stretching at the beach, MommyBlogExpert.com
Of course we all want to look nothing less than fabulous in our bikinis! In fact, I just bought this polka dot one at Target that I'm obsessed with. Still it can seem like an impossible task to achieve the dream. Be honest, you get jealous when you see someone with a nicer body than yours. And those model diets? It’s like there's a war and everyone is on strict rations. What about the thigh gap trend? 

Sorry to burst your bubble, but when you work out and get muscular, your legs get toned and defined. That means they get a little more bulgy, in a way, but you get much stronger and much healthier, too. When you go on a diet and eat less, and do more cardio, you lose weight, therefore you lose fat. And when you lose fat, your legs get skinnier, resulting in a thigh gap. 

But when you do muscle exercise and strength training, your body gets defined and you’re likely not going to have a thigh gap because you’ve built muscle. We all know that muscle is denser than fat, right? So you can actually weigh more and be better built and healthier than someone who has lost weight through dieting but who still has a higher fat percentage than you.

Cassey Ho, Image from Blogilates
So I had a lucky stumble upon Blogilates, a Youtube channel by Cassey Ho, a pilates instructor who creates, teaches, and uploads amazing “Popilates” exercises to work your whole body-- abs, arms, butt, thighs, hips -- you name it. 

Here is The Intense Ab Workout, the first Blogilates full-length 10 minute video I came across. I really wanted flat abs, at the very least, so I started a daily workout routine using this great program. Check it out and see if you don't agree with me about how great she is.

My favorite among Cassey's wide selection of awesome exercise videos is the Victoria Secret Model Ab Workout. The title is definitely not misleading cause it will actually give you the abs you want. After working out with this a bit my abs felt so tight it was amazing, and results came so quickly. Now I’m ready for bikini season, and you can be too!

Check out the Blogilates blog for more inspiration to keep you going as well as to access the workout calendars that Ho has thoughtfully shared to help keep you on track. 

Another thing I love about Blogilates, after 7 months as a faithful YouTube channel subscriber, is that the videos are so fun and catch your attention! Love the Billboard favorites and pop famous Gangnam Style by PSY, Drive By by Bruno Mars, and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. 

Guess what? Blogilates makes workouts with those songs. Now, you don’t have to have a set of headphones on anymore! She doubles from an amazing Pilates Instructor to an amazing Pilate Instructor and DJ—win win! Cassey also uploads healthy recipes, dance routines, and answers questions in some of her videos.

Lastly, never forget the Golden Rule of Blogilates

“Abs are made in the gym, and shown in the kitchen”—Cassey Ho. 

Shoutout to the one and only Cassey Ho! Follow her on Twitter @blogilates and Facebook, plus check out her many YouTube videos and feast your eyes on the extensive Blogilates clothing & accessories line!

Beverly Bow Yoga Bag, Image from Blogilates
Comment & Connect
Have a question for me? Want to share some of your own thoughts on pilates, staying fit or general exercise? Please leave a comment -- I look forward to hearing from you. You're invited to stay in touch with me, too, by following me on Twitter @RebElspas and on Pinterest.

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