Well the unthinkable happened and I turned 30 a few weeks ago. To celebrate, my mom and I flew down to Orange County for the weekend. I’ve mentioned it before in other posts, but Southern California truly is my happy place. I love all the healthy food options, the beach, the weather, the shopping, everything. Only thing I don’t love is the traffic which is what keeps me up in San Francisco.
We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach on this trip. I had stayed there for a work conference about a year ago and remembered how amazing the location is- you can walk right out of the hotel and across the street to the beach. The beach has a great paved trail along it which we ran on each morning. I will do another post about where to eat and hang out in the Orange County area, but here is a quick work out post! The hotel had a great gym but we wanted to be outside as much as possible. This work out combined with a quick 30 min run or walk targets your whole body and can be done anywhere- no beach required but it sure helped the aesthetic. 🙂
Move 1: Curtsy to Reverse Lunge
Targets: Glutes, Leg, Inner Thighs
Start with your feet about hip distance apart. Step your left leg behind you into a lunging position so that your leg crosses behind your body into a “curtsy” position. Pause at the bottom before returning to standing. With the same leg, step back into a regular reverse lunge, pausing at the bottom. Repeat on the same side 20 x before switching to the other leg.
Tip: When in your lunge, make sure your knee is directly above your toes. If you can’t see your toes at all, you’re pushing your knee too far forward and losing the benefits to your glutes!
Move 2: Mountain Climbers
Targets: Abs, Shoulders, Obliques, Triceps
These are extra hard in the sand!! Start in a push up position and draw one knee in toward your chest then repeat with your other knee. You can do these slow to start but the goal is to eventually “run” your feet toward your elbows. Do this for 1 minute and you will really feel the burn in your obliques!
Move 3: Push Up to T-Plank
Targets: Abs, Arms, Shoulders
Start in a plank position and lower yourself down into a normal push up. When you push yourself back to the top of the push up, open your right arm to the sky, (so your arms look like the letter “T”) and your body should be in a side plank with your right foot stacked on top of your left. Pause at the top then return back to plank position to do another push up. Repeat the move by opening your body to the left. Repeat 20x each side.
Tip: If the push up on your toes is too challenging at first, you can do the push up on your knees before raising your body into the side plank.
Move 4: Reverse Lunge to Forward Leg Raise
Targets: Abs, Glutes, Core
Begin standing with your feet hip distance apart. Step your left foot back into a reverse lunge while raising your arms in front of you. Pause at the bottom of the lunge then bring your knee in toward your chest. Repeat 20x on one leg before switching to to the other.
Tip: You can do this move very slowly to build muscle or you can do it very fast and make it a cardio move. Both equally challenging and will work your body in totally different ways!
Move 5: Seated Leg Raise
Targets: Abs, Core
Sit on the ground with your legs straight in front of you. With your arms out in front of you, tuck your pelvis in so that you are leaning back slightly and on your sit bones. Slowly raise your legs up toward your arms and then lower them. Don’t let your legs touch the ground. Repeat 50 x