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Core & Upper Body Workout with TRX Bands from Jeanette Jenkins (as seen on SELF)

Working the core and upper body can be difficult for many of my private weight loss clients, which is why I suggest that they use TRX bands. This 5 move circuit from Jeanette Jenkins of The Hollywood Trainer is a great way to incorporate the TRX bands and utilize your own body weight to work for you while you’re working out! 

Simon Lawson, a certified personal trainer and TRX instructor at Fhitting Room, says that a TRX band is very effective in strengthening your core because of the level of stability it requires your body to have. They take away the element of stability by using straps to stand on, which forces your core to keep your body sturdy. 

This circuit from Jenkins utilizes 5 moves to give your body a well-rounded workout. The moves Jenkins is doing are relatively challenging, but they can be modified for any experience level. There are also multiple ways to do this circuit! One way to try this circuit is by doing 10 reps of each exercise then repeating the sequence. Lawson suggests doing each move for 45 seconds and having a resting period of 30 seconds between each move. He also suggests repeating this sequence 3 times. 

If you’re interested in learning more about this 5 step circuit and exactly how to make these moves work in your own workout routine, make sure you check out this article from Self! Click here. 

Xoxo,

-Steph

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

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Work Out From Your Couch With These Four Moves (As Seen on The Doctors)

Fitness expert and women’s weight loss coach Stephanie Mansour dropped in to show the cast of The Doctors how to sneak a workout into your couch potato time! Some days you may be tempted to skip the gym and veg out on your comfy couch instead, well with these moves you can have it both ways!

We’re well into the autumn season now, so it’s understandable that some days you’d rather snuggle into your couch rather than change clothes to leave the house. The struggle is real, but now you don’t have to  kiss all your weight loss goals goodbye.

In the video, I’ll go over some exercises you can do at home in whatever you happen to be wearing at the time. Whether you’re in jeans or cozy pajamas, you can do this workout during commercial breaks, no equipment necessary and you won’t even break a sweat!

Light a fire in that core

Who doesn’t love a good ab workout? Move your body until you’re sitting on the edge of the couch. Pull your abs in tight. If you aren’t sure how to do that, here’s a cue I give all my private weight loss clients. Imagine someone is about to punch you in the stomach! Feel that? That’s the pull we want here!

Now we’re going to move into a V-sit so lift those feet off the floor. If this is already difficult with knees bent you can stop there. Otherwise we’re going to straighten the legs out and up, so your body makes the letter V. You can hold your arms out to the sides of your legs or even hold onto your legs. Hold. Aim for 30 seconds!

Get your toes tappin’

If your legs are extended, bend them back in. We’re still working our abs here, so keep the muscles pulled in tight (think gut punch!). From here we’re going to lower one leg down, lightly tap the floor, bring it back up and lower the other leg down to touch. Repeat, remembering not to arch your back. These will burn, so do as many as you can before moving on to the next exercise.

You gotta stand up to squat down!

Yes, I know, technically you have to get off the couch for this one, but it will be so worth it! Using the couch as a bench, squat down until your butt make contact then stand right back up. Squeeze the glutes HARD at the top of the movement. Don’t rest when you sit back on the couch, just barely tap it and keep moving!

To step this squat up, try it out on a single-leg! Aim for at least ten full, or five each one-legged.

Lying down without resting up

Final move time. You can get back on the couch now, lie down on your side, prop that head in your hand, but don’t get too relaxed! We aren’t done yet! Move your legs a little bit forward, abs in tight, and lift your top leg. Now draw little circles with the foot, about ten times then reverse your circle and do ten more before switching up legs!

Repeat the entire four move circuit every time a commercial is on.

Boom. Full-body workout. Give yourself a pat on the back!

And who knows? Maybe that little bit got you warmed up, motivated and ready to go to the gym and move more!

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Partner Workout: Pilates Half Roll Down with Jenny Milkowski

Ready for a fun Pilates move that’ll whip you into shape? We thought so! Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour teams up with TV Personality Jenny Milkowski to show you an exercise that serves double-duty by challenging both your core muscles and your shoulders.

All you need for this awesome workout is a buddy and a light pair of dumbbells. Okay, and a good attitude is optional, but highly recommended!

Start seated, hold hands and leeeeean back. Actually it’s more of a roll back, but you get the idea! Keep your heels on the ground, abs in tight, then press your weight above your head. Reverse the movement to come back and go again. Don’t forget to switch sides at some point.

Happy Lifting!

XO,

Steph and 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.

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Steph & Jenny Lean Back

Partner Core Workout: Oblique Sculpting with Jenny Milkowski

Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour and TV Personality Jenny Milkowski know that a friend can make a tough workout way more manageable. Today they’ve got an ab-sculpting move to show you that will light your obliques on fire!

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly comfy starting position down on your forearms, this core move is one tough cookie. Or rather muffin…cause it targets that common “problem” area: the muffin top! Try these out next time you have a gym date with your bestie and thank us later!

Exercise is only half the equation when it comes to killer abs though, so remember to feed yourself well too. Check out my recipe book if you need a little more guidance in the kitchen!

XO,

Steph and 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

Obliques workout