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How Bad Is It *Really* to Wear Makeup to the Gym?

Maybe you went straight to the gym after work and forgot to wipe off your foundation, maybe you intentionally slick on some eyeliner before your sweat session (hey, your trainer's hot!), or maybe you just don't have it in you to fully expose your most recent breakout during your treadmill run. Whatever your intention, is it really safe for your skin to wear makeup while you're working out?

Abdominal Curl

A. Start seated on mat with knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Hold resistance band in both hands, arms extended out at chest level. Slowly curl the upper body down, making a "c" curve with your spine.
B. From the "c" curve position, curl the body up an inch and down an inch, exhaling on the up and inhaling on the down.
C. Add variations, twisting side to side and squeezing the band outwards to work the obliques. Do 10 to 15 reps forward and 10 to 15 reps side to side.

Clam Shell

A. Start seated on mat. Place a circular resistance band (booty band) around both legs, just between the knees and hips. Lay on the left side of the body and stack the legs, drawing the knees and the toes up. Gently resting head in left hand, place the right hand in front of the waistline.
B. Keep abs engaged and both feet together. Begin to lift and lower the leg squeezing from the right glute every time the leg lifts. Keep hips square and waistline long. Do 20 to 30 reps, then switch sides.

Back Dancing

A. Start lying on back. Place a circular resistance band (booty band) around both legs, just between the knees and hips. Draw legs into a parallel bent-knee position with feet in a narrow "v" position.
B. Engage the abs, pulling the navel in towards spine, then slowly peel the back off the mat one vertebra at time, engaging the glutes and hamstrings as the hips start to rise.
C. Keeping the butt off the mat, pulse the legs out while tucking the hips down, then back up. Repeat for 3 to 4 minutes or for the length of your favorite song. 

Glute Presses

A. Start on all fours. Hold one loose end of the resistance band under each hand and place right foot on the knot of the band.
B. Draw the right leg to hip level, bending at the knee and keeping the band in the center of the foot.
C. Begin to press the leg out in small movements, squeezing the glutes to lift leg. Keep abs lifted, spine in a neutral position, and weight shifted towards the working leg. Repeat 20 to 30 reps then switch sides.