The one ab-toning Pilates move that Ashley Olsen swears by

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You probably do it, too. 

Photos: Instagram: @@kyliemilleryoga, @elizandjames

She’s one half of fashion’s most private (not to mention, stylish) set of twins, but Ashley Olsen’s trainer has lifted the lid on how The Row co-founder keeps fit… and it’s not just running a business. (See what we did there? Sorry…)

The designer, according to her trainer Jessica Schatz, spends her down time toning up in the Pilates or yoga studio.

“She’s extremely strong and works incredibly hard,” Schatz told US magazine, People.

“Ashley is disciplined, hard-working, and open to trying anything new,” which, as any PT will tell you, are crucial,w hen it comes to actually reachign your fitness goals.

“We do a lot of planks and variations of planks, like reverse planks, and side body core and leg work. We [also] do solid floor work—whether it be from the classical Pilates mat series or my own methodology—[focusing on] full body strength, functional movement, core strength, core stability, and core control,” Schatz said, according to Well+Good. “I also combine my expertise in yoga and biomechanics to keep things tailored to her specific body.”

Planks, as many of us know, have a wide-range of benefits, and while they’re simple enough to get into – it’s actually staying there that requires endurance and focus. It’s worth it, though, given the stability exercise works all abdominal layers, challenges (and strengthens) the core, works the glutes and hamstrings while improving posture. Phew.

It requires no equipment, either, so you can do it anytime, anywhere. Though if you want to make like the fashion celebrity, mix up your mat moves with reformer exercises, and test your stamina with muscle-strengthening (and endurance-boosting) positions.

Need a laugh? The Indian practice of laughing yoga – which promises to improve physical and mental health – is now in Brisbane.



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