get fit with britt // abs

Welcome back to Get Fit with Britt! I'm going to be posting some demos of my fave exercises taught at Pure Barre Williamsburg, with the help of their awesome instructors. Pure Barre is a fast, effective, and most importantly, safe way to change your body, and follows a technique that's high-intensity, but low impact to protect your joints! Thanks to Pure Barre, I have been able to build long, lean (not bulky!) muscles while tapering everything in & lifting it up! For this series, we will pick a particular move, explain the focus area and correct form, then demonstrate it so you can practice at home! That way, if/when you come to the studio yourself, you'll be rocking the moves & way ahead of the game ;) These exercises are also a great way to get fit at home or on-the-go! I find myself regularly using Pure Barre exercises during my hotel room workouts. Additionally, you can get all the outfits I'm wearing at the Pure Barre Williamsburg studio, so definitely go by if you're looking for some fun, new workout gear! Come & join me, get that healthy & strong body you've always wanted- come Get Fit with Britt!

Today's exercise tones your abs. This initially has the look of a classic floor abdominal exercise, but you can really intensify the work by pressing your elbows and palms together in a 90 degree angle in front of your chest. Keep your movements small- back an inch and up an inch, and make sure your feet (heels) stay planted into the floor. To help keep this work out of your hip flexors, try to actively pull your navel in towards your spine, and tuck your hips up and under. Some of the best advice I've ever gotten during ab work is to remember to breathe! Strong exhales are super helpful- they facilitate your ability to contract the abs in one swift movement. Do 10 reps of each, and repeat the sequence three times for a highly effective toning exercise.

*I am not a trainer or health professional, so please consult one if you feel you're doing something wrong or could potentially injure yourself.