Thursday, December 15, 2016

Brooke ‘The Sculptor’ Taylor Shares How To Beat The Holiday Bloat


If you haven’t yet heard of fitness’ newest guru, Brooke “The Sculptor” Taylor, Team TME can guarantee that you soon will … and you’ll be hearing a lot more about this dynamic woman. Before we share Brooke’s tips on beating the “holiday” bloat, let’s tell you a little about Brooke.

Owner of Taylored Fitness, this mother of two and former dancer is a STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer. Unlike others, Brooke makes working out a lifestyle versus a chore. Her various programs consist of Boot Camp, Bridal Shape-Up, Pre and Post Natal Training Moms, as well as Pilates and Barre Functional Training. Now that you know about Brook, let’s get to those awesome tips!

With the holiday season in full swing, we often forego the gym with the justification that we simply don’t have the time or an acceptance that we’re going to put on a few extra pounds anyway. With Brooke Taylor’s “Anywhere Workout” tips, there seriously is no excuse. Plus you will look and feel better! And along the lines of looking better, Brook has also shared two delicious smoothie recipes, just for TME readers, to help you start out 2016 … of course you don’t have to wait to try out these sumptuous smoothies.

Brooke Taylor’s Anywhere Workout Tips: These are body weighted exercises that you can do at home to rev up your metabolism and jump start your day!

Warm Up: Jump Jacks – 20x, Lateral Side to Side Skaters – (20x), Walk Out to Plank – (10x), Mountain Climbers – (20x), Plank Jacks - (20x)
  1. Burpee Push Ups (20x) – Start with legs hip distance apart. As you inhale place your hands down directly underneath your shoulders and as you exhale shoot your legs back into one long plank position. Inhale and lower your body down into a push up. Exhale to extend the arms and inhale jump the legs back in to a deep squat. Exhale explode and jump in the air to land softly toe, ball, heel, back into your squat position. 
  2. Back Lunge to Step Hop (10x Each Leg) - Start in a single leg lunge position with your knees bent in a 90-degree angle.  As you exhale push off the front leg transferring your weight forward and hop pulling your back leg up to your opposite knee. Then swing it back to land into your single leg lunge again.
  3. Crab Butt Lifts (20x) – Start seated on your sitz bones with your hands placed directly next to your hips, palms facing forward and your heels planted firmly into the floor hip distance apart. As you exhale press the hips up towards the ceiling firing your glutes and hamstrings. Inhale lower your hips down to hover just above the floor and exhale to extend again. The focus should be about pressing through the heels to really extend those hips, while simultaneously squeezing the glutes. 
  4. Tricep Dips (20x) – Start in your crab stance with your hips extended towards the ceiling and the arms directly in line with your shoulders. Bend the elbows back as you lower your body down towards the floor and as you exhale straighten your elbows. 
  5. Full Roll Ups (10x) – Start with your legs extended nice and long and your arms extended over your head. As you inhale reach the arms up to the sky and initiate by peeling one vertebrae at a time off the ground flexing the spine over the legs. As you inhale tuck the tailbone lead with the pelvis and lower down one vertebrae at a time with control. 
  6. Bicycles (20x) – Start with your spine in an imprinted position with your legs held up in tabletop position and your hands resting gently behind your head. As you exhale rotate to the bent knee while simultaneously extending the opposite leg.
  7. Bridges (20x) – Start Laying Down flat on your back with your pelvis and spine in a neutral position. Make sure your heels are in line with your sitz bones and hands are gently placed alongside your body. As you exhale extend your hips up to the sky making one long line from shoulder, hip to knee. Inhale lower your body to hover and then exhale extend it back up. 
  8. Heel Lifts – Hold your pelvis in the bridge position and lift and lower the heels (20x), once you complete the final one then lower and lift the hips in small pulses (20x)
  9. Quadruped Leg Lifts (20x) – Start in a quadruped position with the hands placed directly underneath the shoulders and the knees directly underneath the hips. As you inhale extend one leg back and exhale fir the glute to lift the leg off the floor. Then cross the knee over the other and kick the same working leg out to the side (20x). Rotate the body completely to the side stacking your pelvis, ribs, and shoulders placing the top arm to your forehead.  As you exhale lift the working leg up to hip height and inhale to lower. 


Brooke Taylor’s 2016 Green Machine Beauty Blend Smoothie

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 pack of Aloha Protein Powder
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 1/2 cup of spinach
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds

Brooke Taylor’s New Year, New YOU, Acai Berry Beauty Blend Smoothie

  • 1 pack of unsweetened frozen Acai
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of kale
*Add protein powder if desired

**Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included in this article is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider. This article first appeared on The Makeup Examiner Dec. 14, 2015

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