Working out with Cassey Ho of Blogilates
2.6 million YouTube subscribers can't be wrong.
You don't have to have an overflowing iCal to come to the realization that making time to exercise—whether it be comprised of gym time, a cult-favorite class or even walking instead of resorting to Seamless—is pretty damn difficult. Unless you have the kind of ironclad discipline required to hit the gym at the crack of dawn or on your lunch hour, we're willing to wager that come the afternoon and evening, a glass of wine and Netflix are likely to win out over anything involving sweat or even, uh, putting on pants.
Over the last little while, though, we've been turning to YouTube for those days where we've inhaled oxygen, used our legs or generally don't feel like hitting the gym (ding ding ding! You guessed it: that's virtually everyday). Yeah, YouTube. You know, that little place on the Internet you use to procrastinate by watching cat videos or hit up every time you mess up your liquid liner? It's there that we discovered Cassey Ho, better known to many as the impossibly-toned, impossibly-smiley girl behind Blogilates. Since then, Ho has been helping us to stay in some sort of shape from the comfort of our own home and hotel rooms; and so we figured who better than her to outline a few easy at-home workout moves that you can fit into your day with just a few minutes to spare? Nobody. And yes, pants are optional.
"A total body warm-up"
Begin in downward facing dog position, then reaching up to upward facing dog. Complete 12 reps.
Single Leg Stretch
"Works abs and stretches the hamstrings!"
Lying down on a yoga mat, legs in Pilates stance at 90 degrees off of the mat, with your shoulders lifted off the mat, core engaged and eyes forward. Lift one leg towards your body. "Pulse" the leg twice. Exhale on the pulse, then switch and repeat on the other side. Complete 12 reps.
Double Leg Lift
"Works lower abs."
Place your hands behind your head, with your elbows wide. Bring your legs straight and vertical to the floor. Inhale, bringing your legs down to the floor. Exhale and squeeze your abs. Bring your legs up again. Complete 12 reps.
Bring your right hand behind the nape of your neck, with your left arm stretched forward. Bend one leg and keep the other lying on your mat. Inhale and bring your right arm to your left knee. Exhale and lengthen out the leg and body. Repeat for 12 reps.
"Works the core!"
Begin with your back lying flat on the mat, with your hands long above your body and your legs stretched out. Exhale and peel your spine off of the floor mat as slowly as you can. Inhale as you roll back down. Repeat for 12 reps.
"Works chest, shoulders and core."
Begin in a plank position on your hands and toes. Do one push-up, up. Then reach your right arm up in the air, stretching out into a side plan position. Return to the plank, and repeat on the left side. Repeat this circuit 10 times.
Cross Butt Lift
"Works the booty!"
Begin on all fours. Crossing your left knee behind your right knee, lift your left leg as high as you can. Repeat on the other side, completing 20 repetitions on each leg.
"Works legs and butt."
Lying on your side, support your head with your hand. Tap top foot twice in front of your mat. Then lift your upper leg as high as you can and tap the foot twice on the back of your mat. Repeat 10 times on each leg.
"Works the core and obliques."
Beginning in a side plank, reach your upper arm underneath your belly and push your hips to the ceiling. Return back to starting position. Repeat 10 times on each side.
"Works the butt and thighs."
Begin by sitting on your tush, with your right leg crossed over your left. In one huge sweeping motion, press your top leg out straight in front, then pushing it all the way back so that you're seated. Then bring it back to the starting position. Repeat for 10 reps.