Victoria’s Secret models spend a lot of time traveling, from appearances abroad to store openings in New York City. But one thing that can never lapse is their workout schedule. Recently SELF caught up with VS Angel Martha Hunt at an event for VS Sport, where she broke down some of her favorite hotel-room moves.
Martha typically turns to Pilates and kickboxing to stay in shape, but she pulls out her gliding discs when she needs to train on the go. The discs are a great addition to any workout routine because they force you to keep your balance, which activates your core muscles, and they fit easily in a carry-on suitcase.
Michael Olajide Jr., cofounder of Aerospace in New York City and trainer to VS Angels like Adriana Lima, recommends using fast and light movements on the discs to tone the glutes and quad muscles. Oh, and you might want to pack a jump rope, too. “Complement everything with cardio. Step off your slider discs and do your cardio. Then come back and hit different moves on the disc,” Olajide told SELF.
Just like the rest of us, Martha needs mental motivation to get through that very last set. “When I feel like I can go no longer, I remind myself that this will not last forever,” she said. “I will have a break and it will be over soon.” We totally feel your pain, Martha! Steal three of her favorite do-anywhere moves ahead.
1. The Side Slide
You’ll need a set of light handweights (try 3- to 5-lbs), or skip the weights all together. Place the glider under your moving foot (right, pictured above) and hold the weights at chest height. Keep your weight in the heel of your standing leg and your knee bent throughout the entire exercise. Really push your hips back and imagine you’re sitting on a low chair seat if possible. The moving foot will only slide in and out a few inches. And be sure to keep your chest up throughout the entire exercise. Do 15-20 reps, then move on to the exercise below. (You’ll hit the other side later!)
2. The Criss Cross
Keeping the same position from the move above but slide your moving leg diagonally behind your stationary (left) leg. Continue to keep a bend in your left leg and begin to slide your back foot in and out a few inches. Do 15-20 reps.
3. The Burner
Ditch the weight and come to all fours with a disc under the ball of each foot. Keep your wrists under your shoulders and knees below your hips. Lift your knees a few inches off the ground and begin to slide your feet in and out. When you’re bringing your feet in, really squeeze your inner thighs to initiate the movement. Do 15-20 reps. Then repeat the entire circuit on the other side (yep that means you’ll be doing this move a second time)!
For more supercharged sculpting moves that use gliding discs try this routine.
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