Target Your Core and Glutes With These 4 Intense, Equipment-Free Moves From Halle Berry
Halle Berry is back on her Fitness Friday Instagram game, and we couldn't be happier about it. This is the place where one of our favorite fit celebs shares her go-to ab workouts, favorite back-sculpting moves, and top resistance-band exercises, along with so much more. We tapped into her story today with high hopes, and Berry didn't disappoint us: she shared four moves to work your core and glutes, featuring none other than her son, Maceo!
Why the kid cameo? We'll let Berry explain. "With all the chaos that comes with virtual online learning, it can be difficult for little kids to stay energized and engaged," she wrote on Instagram. "So today, I thought I would throw my son Maceo into my workout! Fun for him and *necessary* for me!"
Check out Berry's moves ahead and try them in your own workout to work your glutes and core, using your bodyweight, dumbbells, or, you know, a child — whatever's easiest!
- Stand with your feet hip-width distance apart, holding a dumbbell at shoulder level with palms facing inward.
- Slowly bend your knees as if you were going to sit in a chair, keeping all the weight in your heels. Don't let your knees move beyond your toes, and don't let your knees roll out or in. Squat down as low as you can, keeping your head and chest lifted, your spine long, and your shoulders relaxed. Keep your arms steady as you lower down.
- Press through your heels to stand up, completing one rep.
Leg Raises in Tabletop
- Come into a prone tabletop position, on your back with your legs in the air, shins parallel to the ground. Hold a weight in each hand.
- Straighten your legs at the knee, lifting your feet to the sky.
- Lower your legs back to tabletop to complete one rep.
Partial Deadlift (Bent-Over Row)
- Lean forward and bend both knees, remembering to keep a flat back.
- Extend your arms so they are straight. Lift the dumbbells straight up to chest level, squeezing your shoulder blades together as you do. Be sure to keep your elbows in and pointed upward. Don't arch your back.
- Slowly lower the weights back to the starting position to complete one rep.
Hip Lift (Weighted Glute Bridge)
- Grab a medium to heavy dumbbell; 20 pounds is a great starting point. You can also do this exercise using just your bodyweight.
- On your mat, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Be sure and keep your feet underneath your knees, not in front. Place the dumbbell on top of your lower abdominals (below your belly button and above your hip bones). Hold the dumbbell in place with both hands to prevent it from moving.
- Raise your hips up to the ceiling, tensing your abs and squeezing your butt as you do. You should be making a long diagonal line with your body, from shoulders to knees.
- Hold for three seconds, making sure your spine doesn't round and your hips don't sag. Keep your abs and butt muscles engaged.
- Lower down to the ground; this completes one rep.