It's a bird- no! It's a plane. Or is it... SUPERGIRL! Supergirl is all about protecting those weaker than her, standing up for what's right, and bringing peace and justice to the world. And while her super strength is due to the fact that she's not exactly from around here (she and Superman were the original aliens), there's plenty of stuff the people of Earth can do to emulate her.
This routine is going to engage your entire body, but it focuses heavily on your core. Give yourself time to cool off between sets. Personal trainers also recommend foam rolling if you find your muscles are stiff or tight during your workouts. If you feel like your body is over compensating every time you work out (which can happen sometimes after an injury), consider adding this to your routine. You never know when you'll need to save a plane before it crashes into the Brooklyn bridge, or rescue someone from a burning building (or do mundane things like lift a box full of books when you're helping a friend move). Helping your body recover is key!
Speaking of injury, maintaining the correct posture during planks and crunches is very important. If yiu don't, you might stress the muscles in your neck and back. Melissa Bender demonstrates the correct way to do these sets.
You know Supergirl would be really into Pink. This song is the kind of upbeat pop anthem that would make her smile, and it's definiteky the soundtrack for girls who save the day. Add this track to your workout mjx to give yourself some uplifting encouragement in the middle of a rough set. Also encouraged: dance parties with yourself.
Once you're done, treat yourself to something tasty- like a peanut butter & banana smoothie. The extra protein will help build muscle mass, and the cool drink will hydrate you and make you feel refreshed and ready to save the world!
Half a cup of fat free milk Half a cup of fat free plain yogurt 2 tablespoons of unsalted peanut butter One quarter of a ripe banana 1 tablespoon of honey 4 ice cubes COMBINE ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve.
If you're looking for some extra belly-slimming, swap out the milk for unsweetened almond milk. While it's not a good source of protein, it's low-calorie and doesn't contain saturated fat or cholesterol. Almond milk is often fortified with extra calcium, check your labels to be sure. And don't be afraid to add some protein powder to the mix!