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Breaking Down the Romanian Deadlift + One Killer Ab Move You Need to Try

Self is a great go-to site if you’re looking for the newest and hottest moves to add to your workout regimen. Women’s Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Trainer Stephanie Mansour is often contacted to weigh in with her expert advice for executing these moves safely and effectively!

Lower Body Builder

Training with heavy weights is an amazing way to challenge and sculpt your body. An enjoyable move for targeting (and stretching!) the entire backside of the body? The romanian deadlift. Before attempting any new loaded movement, always be sure to study up on proper form and start out with lighter weights.

Learn this booty and hamstring blasting exercise by clicking here!

Get Your Core Muscles Working Together!

A strong core has so many benefits to your overall physical health and well-being, so I have to share with you this killer move. The Hollow Body Hold is so tough it even causes celebrity trainers to bust out some groans!

Click here to learn how to build up to this core taxing move.

Alternatively, I’ve also got a great way for you to ramp up the intensity of lying leg raises and all you need is a small resistance band! This move does double duty, challenging your inner thigh muscles along with your entire core and spine stabilizing muscles!

Read the article for modifications and important form cues here.

Supercharge Your Sprints

Learn how to go from “0 to 100” by adding a resistance band into your treadmill sprints. If you’re looking to increase your speed and explosive power, bands are the way to go.

These are tough and come with a few safety precautions, so be sure you read this carefully before attempting and check out the beginner versions!

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Challenge all the stabilizer muscles in your lower body with this no equipment needed move you can do anywhere– as long as you’re wearing proper exercise shoes that is!

Check out the low-impact cardio option: Step-Ups.

 

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Make Your Kitchen Work FOR You

Stuck in the kitchen and worried about weight gain this delicious holiday season? I got you!

Even if they can’t make it to the gym, I still want my private weight loss clients to be able to enjoy their dinners guilt-free and now you can too!

I wrote this helpful article outlining how to complete a kitchen workout while you cook!

Click here to see the bulge-battling circuit featured on the NBC News site.

If you ever need guidance on what to prepare in the kitchen to help with your weight loss goals, I have a recipe book available that will take away the guesswork!

Soothe an Upset Stomach

The holidays make over-indulging a little too easy, what with so many rich, delicious foods to enjoy! Even if you are careful not to over-eat it’s still a high stress time of the  year, which can also lead to stomach upset. I want to share with you my article covering natural remedies to ease tummy troubles.

Be prepared to keep the party alive this season with these happy belly tips here.

That’s all for now, enjoy your next sweat sesh!

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As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

 

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

 

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Partner Workout: Pilates Toe Taps that Work the Core with Jenny Milkowski

Certified Pilates Instructor and Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour teams up with Jenny Milkowski for another awesome partner workout. This time its Pilates Toe Taps to strengthen your core and tone your belly. Grab your favorite workout buddy and get ready to step up your fitness.

Ever see those people with six packs and wonder how they do it? Simple–partner toe taps! Seriously. These Pilates toe tips are so simple and and super fun with a partner.

A strong core is essential for total health. No matter what your weight loss or fitness goals are, you need to be doing core strength exercises. You will reap so many rewards. Your body will thank you. And as a weight loss coach–I will thank you. Core exercises–it does a body good.

XO,

Steph & Jenny

 

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

For more inspiration, join our FREE 21 Day Challenge at stepitupchallenge.com

Pumpkin Core Strength Exercise with Chicago’s Jenny Milkowski

TV Personality Jenny Milkowski and Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour teamed up to bring you this fall-inspired partner workout! Work your core stability, glutes and quads with this easy and fun pumpkin exercise.

Working out is way more fun with a friend! I encourage all the clients in my weight loss programs for women to grab their bestie and make their workouts fun and funny. When you make your time at the gym a positive experience, it’s much easier to stick to your fitness goals.

As a weight loss coach, health and fitness are my expertise but also my passion! That’s why I’m always looking for creative ways to spice up workouts to help women lose weight and make it last.

Core Strength Exercise with a Pumpkin

This exercise works your core stability to help you tone your abs after the Thanksgiving feasting! It is also a great exercise to build muscle and strength in your glutes and quads.

1) You and your partner face each other in a lunge position.

2) Stay in the lunge while you weave the pumpkin underneath and above your thighs.

3) Pass the pumpkin to your partner while lifting through your heels and standing in sync with your partner. She takes the pumpkin and you both lower into a lunge again while she passes the pumpkin over and beneath her thighs.

4) Focus on engaging your core and staying tight and stable. Smile!

Try to do at least three sets of ten passes! Go for more sets if you can!

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How to Do a Side Plank for Flatter Abs and More

How to do a side plank for flat abs and more as demonstrated by Chicago Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour and Jenny Milkowski of Fox 32.

Side Plank with Stephanie Mansour & Jenny Milkowski

Looking for an exercise that works your whole body for long, lean muscles and an overall toned look? If you want to build a strong core and flatter abs while also toning your arms, legs, back, and more, I recommend adding side planks to your workout routine.

When I create custom workout plans for my private weight loss coaching clients, I consider it part of my job to help them understand the benefits of exercise beyond developing muscle tone and burning fat. Doing side planks regularly will also help you improve your balance and concentration, which will help you prevent injuries, add to your overall conditioning, boost your performance and confidence, and reduce stress.

Here’s how to do a side plank:

For a beginner side plank…

  • Start on your side with your elbow under your shoulder and your hand flat on the ground.
  • Stack one leg on top of the other with your knees slightly bent and put the other hand on your hip.
  • Raise your hip off of the ground, keeping your legs together and bent. Squeeze your glutes, keep your abs engaged, and pull your hips upward as if by a rope from the ceiling.
  • Hold and breathe
  • Return to the starting position and repeat until you feel the burn

For a more advanced side plank…

  • Start on your side with your elbow under your shoulder and your hand flat on the ground.
  • Stack one leg on top of the other, straighten your legs and put the other hand on your hip.
  • Raise your hip off of the ground, keeping your legs together and straight. Squeeze your glutes, keep your abs engaged, and pull your hips upward as if by a rope from the ceiling.
  • Hold and breathe
  • Return to the starting position and repeat until you feel the burn

For an even more advanced side plank (as demonstrated in the video)…

  • Start on your side with your elbow under your shoulder and push up to straighten your arm so you are propping yourself up with your hand.
  • Stack one leg on top of the other, straighten your legs, and put the other hand on your hip or reach to the sky.
  • Raise your hip off of the ground, keeping your legs together and straight. Squeeze your glutes, keep your abs engaged, and pull your hips upward as if by a rope from the ceiling.
  • Raise your top leg in the air and lower
  • Hold and breathe

As you can see, there are many variations of the side plank exercise you can incorporate to challenge yourself and enhance your results. The key is to keep your abs, core, arms, back, glutes, and leg muscles engaged throughout the entire exercise.

Watch the video for a quick demonstration of how to do a side plank.

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