Quick Bodyweight Ab Workout

Quick Bodyweight Ab WorkoutToday’s ab workout is inspired by the megaformer class I teach at Btone. In Lagree Fitness, you work one muscle group at a time before moving onto the next, so when designing an ab sequence, you want to group ab exercises together, right oblique exercises together, and left oblique exercises together. You also stay on each ab exercise for 60 seconds (most of the time), which is what I’ve done here.

Ok, I guess those are pretty much the only similarities haha. Regardless, this workout is quick, challenging, and requires no equipment. You can pair it with cardio (maybe do it before or after a long run), or do it on its own when you’re short on time and want to fire up your core muscles. 

Quick Bodyweight Ab Workout

Equipment I Used:

You’ll do each exercise for a minute before moving directly into the next (no resting between!). I used my Gymboss Interval Timer and set the “work” interval for 60 seconds and the “rest” interval for 0 seconds so that it would beep every minute, signaling me to switch exercises. The workout targets abs, right oblique, left oblique, abs, in that order. This workout will take you 13 minutes.

Quick Bodyweight Ab Workout

  • Plank
  • 1 Plank Jump 5 Plank Jacks: Start in a plank position. Jump both feet up towards your hands and then back into plank position. Jump feet out wide to the sides and back in (like a horizontal jumping jack) 5 times. Continue the sequence.
  • Knee Hug Full-Body Crunches:Start laying on your back, legs extended and hovering, arms outstretched overhead (shoulders lifted off ground, core engaged). Do a full body crunch, lifting your torso and crunching in your knees so that you can hug them. Extend back out, lowering onto back.
  • Boat Pose:If you practice yoga, you’re probably familiar with boat pose. Sit in a “V” pose with legs held straight up at about a 45-degree angle with the ground and arms out straight. If it’s too difficult to keep your legs straight, bend them at the knee for Half Boat Pose.
  • Side V Crunches RIGHT:Start laying on your side with bottom arm stretched outwards on the ground for support. Do a side crunch, lifting your legs up and crunching them in to meet your elbow and raised torso.
  • Side Plank RIGHT
  • Alternating Crossbody Knee Tucks: Start in a plank position. Bring your left knee to touch the right elbow, then your right knee to touch the left elbow. Make contact!
  • Side Plank LEFT
  • Side V Crunches LEFT
  • Boat Pose
  • Knee Hug Full-Body Crunches
  • 1 Plank Jump 5 Plank Jacks
  • Plank

Quick Bodyweight Ab Workout

WEARING | leggings: c/o Ellie  (use code nicoleperr20 to get 20% off your first order!) / tank: Lululemon

Can you get through the entire 13 minutes without taking a break? Let me know in the comments!

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Refreshing Mint Watermelon Juice

Refreshing Minty Watermelon Cucumber JuiceHope you all enjoyed Friday’s entertaining little detour from the health & fitness posts–let’s get back to what I’m drinking 99% of the time (i.e. not beer). :)

Nothing says “summer” like watermelon, right?? Growing up, my cousins and I would have watermelon seed spitting contests, and in case you’re wondering (I know you are, since we’re all eight years old here…), the key to getting maximal distance is to roll the seed in your tongue to create a chute, and launch it from there with a forceful exhale.

WIth knowledge like this, I’ve pretty much got “The Cool Aunt” title on lock. Not that I’m an aunt, but you get where I’m going.

Refreshing Minty Watermelon Cucumber JuiceRefreshing Minty Watermelon Cucumber JuiceThis juice is so refreshing! And would taste amazing as a cocktail. Make a big batch, throw in some vodka, and you’ve got a summer BBQ home run.

Refreshing Mint Watermelon Juice

Yield: 14 oz (roughly)

Refreshing Mint Watermelon Juice

Ingredients

  • 2 heaping cups chopped watermelon
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 handful mint (about 5 sprigs)

Instructions

  1. Peel the lime. Use a peeler to remove the green, but keep some of the white coating underneath (lots of nutrients in there!).
  2. Run everything through your juicer.
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Refreshing Minty Watermelon Cucumber JuiceHope you had a fun weekend!

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5 Strange Drunk Food Combinations That Actually Taste Delicious Sober, Too

drunk-foods-1Yup. This blog post is happening. It’s a Friday in the summer—don’t act like you want to be reading something intelligent. (I clearly didn’t feel like writing anything intelligent…)

It’s no secret I like to throw back a few drinks from time to time, and I’m certainly no stranger to the 3AM kitchen raid. Nowadays, being the responsible adult that I pretend to be, I don’t do the whole drunk food binging before bed thing, but back in my college glory days…let’s just say there’s a reason my Freshman 15 was a Freshman 20.

I’m in no way condoning binge drinking by writing this post, and I don’t want you guys to think I’m out drinking five nights a week—clearly I wouldn’t be teaching Pilates at 6AM and writing a health blog if I was a total booze bag. :) But let’s have some fun today before heading off into the weekend and, in true P&I form, laugh at my expense. Here are some of my finest drunk food combination discoveries: 

Seaweed & Sweet Potatoes

drunk-foods-3Oh, you think waterboarding is a cruel form of torture? Try coming home drunk and having nothing even closely resembling a carbohydrate in your kitchen*. No bread, no pasta, no crackers—nothing. The closest thing to a wrap I had was nori wrappers. Seaweed. Ten tequila shots and all I had to work with was f—ing seaweed.

I also had a sweet potato. Oh, how wonderful.

The situation was dismal, but I decided to forge head anyway. Peeling and chopping the sweet potato into slices, I tossed them in some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, spread them on a pan and baked for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees F. 20 minutes is a long time when you’re drunk and waiting for food, so I kept myself occupied by doing productive tasks like stalking ex-boyfriends’ new girlfriends’ Facebook profile pictures and determining that I’m like definitely better looking than like all of them except ohmygod look at this one picture she’s actually kinda cute WTF but like she’s trying way to hard with that skinny arm pose right?! Right.

Beep. I haven’t heard an angel sing, but I’m guessing it sounds like your oven timer beeping at 3:29AM to let you know the food is ready.

Determined to accept seaweed as the new tortilla, I wrapped my sweet potato chunks in a Nori wrapper and ate it like a burrito. Surprisingly delicious! Filling, sweet yet slightly salty, and a hell of a lot better for you than typical drunk food choices (pizza, Chinese food, mac and cheese, etc.). Score!

*Yes, I’m aware that potatoes are carbs, just go with it.

Pizza, Over-Easy Eggs & Hot Sauce

drunk-foods-2When I lived in the North End (Boston’s “Little Italy”) I had to walk by a late-night pizza place on my way home from the bars. Had to. No choice, people, NO CHOICE. For you Bostonians, I’m talking about Pompeii (obviously), and hell to the mothaf—ing yes I ordered a rice ball along with my slice of pizza. Although…the potato balls are better. I’ll fight you on that.

Anyway, one night I got home with my slice of grease and decided it just wasn’t enough. My refrigerator consisted of vodka, hot sauce and a carton of eggs at the time, so all things considered, I made the responsible choice. Leaving the yolk good and runny, I (sloppily) cooked up an egg, plopped it on top of my pizza, and then drown the whole thing in hot sauce.

Ehrrrmherrrgherrrd so good. In fact, this must be a dish normally served to sober people as well—have you had egg-topped pizza before? Is this one of those instances where I’m all excited about having invented something new that is, in actuality, already a commonality? 

Avocado & Almond Butter

almond-butter-avocadoThis was a recent drunk food combination discovery. I don’t keep unhealthy food in my kitchen (part of the reason I’m not tempted to pig out at 3AM anymore), so when I get back from the bars, my options are limited. There are very few late-night food options in Boston, so unless you’re going to hit up a 7Eleven, drunkards are limited to what’s in their house. For me, that’s kale, avocados, fruit, and, on this particularly lucky occasion, almond butter.

While this started as a drunk girl spreading almond butter on a peeled avocado and then eating it like an apple in bed, it’s become one of my favorite flavor combinations for everyday snacks. Take a piece of toast, spread on some almond butter, and top with avocado and banana slices. Sounds weird, but it’s SO yummy, and very filling. 

Ice Cream, Bagels & Cereal


Yup. This was two St. Paddy’s ago, back when my now boyfriend was just that weird blonde guy who kept calling me from payphones (true story—he didn’t have a cell phone). Proving that chivalry is not, in fact, dead, he brought me to the sketchy convenience store next to my old apartment in the projects of Southie after a full day of keg stands and paid for a pint of ice cream, bag of bagels and expired box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (everything in Murder Mart had a 2011 expiration date and was covered in a thin coat of dust). Romance is alive and well, my friends!

We toasted the bagels, ripped them up with our hands, put them in the ice cream and then poured in the cereal. AMAZING. Ben & Jerry’s, if you’re reading this, you need a bagel-cereal ice cream flavor and you needed it yesterday. Call it Breakfast for Dessert or Yes, I’ve Been Drinking. You’re welcome for the million-dollar idea.

I even Instagrammed a picture of this heart attack in a bowl because, as you’ve probably noticed by now, I am a very serious health blogger. Very. Serious.

Jalapeños & Peanut Butter on a Veggie Burger

drunk-foods-4You might be noticing a pattern here—nut butters taste good on, well, everything. This was just a total pantry raid where everything in the refrigerator and cupboards are dumped onto the kitchen counter and you just sort of start…layering? Veggie burger + pita pocket + spinach + tomato + peanut butter + jalepenos = party in my mouth.

So how many brain cells did you just lose while reading this post? More or less than lost while watching an episode of the Kardashians? I expect nothing short of incredible with this comments section. I want to be entertained all day, people. Don’t be shy—let’s hear about the strangest/most disgusting/surprisingly amazing/absurd thing you’ve eaten when drunk. And…go! (Or just make fun of me in the comments, that’s always a viable route.) :)

Happy Friday!

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