Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Butt

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ We've touched on arms and the belly, but for our final post in the series, let's tone that tush! Butt Lift Lie on your back with your knees bent. Squeeze your glutes together while lifting your hips to the ceiling. Slowly bring back down and repeat 20 times. Donkey Kicks Get on all fours. Kick your left leg backwards towards the ceiling, keeping it bent. After 20 kicks, switch legs and repeat. Frog Jump Crouch down into a “frog” position, placing both hands on the ground. Jump up straight, lifting your hands to the ceiling. Repeat 20...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ We've touched on arms and the belly, but for our final post in the series, let's tone that tush! Butt Lift
  • Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  • Squeeze your glutes together while lifting your hips to the ceiling.
  • Slowly bring back down and repeat 20 times.
Donkey Kicks
  • Get on all fours.
  • Kick your left leg backwards towards the ceiling, keeping it bent.
  • After 20 kicks, switch legs and repeat.
Frog Jump
  • Crouch down into a “frog” position, placing both hands on the ground.
  • Jump up straight, lifting your hands to the ceiling.
  • Repeat 20 times.
Reference: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/fitness/butt-exercises-apr01#slide-12 [caption id="attachment_1750" align="alignleft" width="300"] Donkey Kicks[/caption]

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Belly

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Last week we focused on 3 arm exercises and said, "Fly away bat wings!" This week, we're saying goodbye to that jiggly jelly belly... Torso Twist Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Put both arms straight out to your sides, bend your elbows so that your fists are near your ears. Bring your right knee up and your left elbow down until they nearly meet. Repeat 20 times and switch limbs. Mountain Climber Get into a push-up position. Bring your right knee to your chest. Extend back out and repeat the motion with your left knee. 20 r...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Last week we focused on 3 arm exercises and said, "Fly away bat wings!" This week, we're saying goodbye to that jiggly jelly belly... Torso Twist
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • Put both arms straight out to your sides, bend your elbows so that your fists are near your ears.
  • Bring your right knee up and your left elbow down until they nearly meet.
  • Repeat 20 times and switch limbs.
Mountain Climber
  • Get into a push-up position.
  • Bring your right knee to your chest.
  • Extend back out and repeat the motion with your left knee.
  • 20 reps per leg.
Side Plank
  • Lie on your side with your legs straight.
  • Prop yourself up with your forearm.
  • Hold the position for 60 seconds and switch sides.
References: http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/workout-routines/tummy-toning-exercises#slide-7 http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/workout-routines/tummy-toning-exercises#slide-2 http://www.active.com/fitness/Articles/8-Killer-Ab-Exercises?page=2 [caption id="attachment_1741" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mountain Climber[/caption]

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Arms

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Let’s start with 3 arm exercises. Fly away bat wings! Circle “T”: Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Put both arms straight out to your sides, creating a “T”-shape. Keeping your shoulders down, make 20 clockwise small circle motions. Change direction to counterclockwise and repeat. High “V”: Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, make a high “V” with your arms. (Pretend like you’re a cheerleader!) Slowly bring down to your hips and then back into a “V.” Do ...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Let’s start with 3 arm exercises. Fly away bat wings!
  1. Circle “T”:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • Put both arms straight out to your sides, creating a “T”-shape.
  • Keeping your shoulders down, make 20 clockwise small circle motions.
  • Change direction to counterclockwise and repeat.
  1. High “V”:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, make a high “V” with your arms. (Pretend like you’re a cheerleader!)
  • Slowly bring down to your hips and then back into a “V.”
  • Do 20 reps.
  1. Overhead Bend:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, extend your right arm over your head and to the left.
  • Switch sides and repeat 25 times.
Tune in next week for the jelly belly series! [caption id="attachment_1734" align="alignnone" width="150"]iStock_000015284746XSmall High "V"[/caption] References: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=1 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=5 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=8

Body Image

You've heard us say time and time again, “At Slimpressions®, we're all about helping women look better in their clothes, but more importantly, we're all about helping women FEEL better about themselves.” This is why we've come up with the new tagline, ConfidencewearTM. Statistics show, 8 out 10 women are not happy with what they see in the mirror. Let’s face the facts: 8 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. 90% of these individuals are female. Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars on diet and beauty products a year. It is estimated that 40 to 50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any given point in time. Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way t...
You've heard us say time and time again, “At Slimpressions®, we're all about helping women look better in their clothes, but more importantly, we're all about helping women FEEL better about themselves.” This is why we've come up with the new tagline, ConfidencewearTM. Statistics show, 8 out 10 women are not happy with what they see in the mirror. Let’s face the facts:
  • 8 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. 90% of these individuals are female.
  • Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars on diet and beauty products a year.
  • It is estimated that 40 to 50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any given point in time.
  • Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way to control their weight. Of these women, 25% will die of a disease caused by smoking.
  • 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2011. The majority of which were performed on women.
The average American woman is 5’4″ and 140 pounds.Most of us have a disproportionate view of our bodies due to the media, especially advertisements. The current standard of ideal thinness, set by the media, is achieved by less than 5% of the female population. For example:
  • The average American model is 5′11″ and 117 pounds.
  • Twenty years ago, models weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, they weigh 23% less than the average woman.
We believe that your weight shouldn't determine who you are. Confidence is a mental state. Love your body in every way, shape and form. You ARE beautiful. Encourage yourself to believe this. You have to love yourself, before you can allow others to love you. Sources: