We did say that April’s challenge might be inspired a little bit by this guy, if only to get your attention:
You know how much we love music for our workouts, and we had the idea for this challenge when Bringing Sexy Back blasted from our playlists…
Excited yet? Nervous?
No, we aren’t doing Zumba (although that is a SERIOUSLY good idea for a future challenge). But we ARE going to “Rock Your Body” a bit more as we focus on your sexy BACK.
If you’ve spent any time with a trainer, or doing a formal program, or researching fitness, then you know that one of the most ignored parts of our body during exercise is the back. Have you seen those Johnny-wannabes at the gym who can’t put their shoulders back? Or have you noticed people walking with hunched shoulders as a result of years at a computer or doing some kind of activity that involves a repetitive forward-shoulder movement? Do you have weird soreness in your mid or lower back that no amount of massage seems to fix?
#BAMingSexyBack will focus on connecting three major muscle groups that make our back work most efficiently and ensure we have picture perfect posture (say that ten times fast). The exercises you learn will look easy, be hard (if you do them right), and be incredibly effective at helping your posture and strengthening your back.
No, we aren’t doing “flies” or “back extensions” or any of the traditional back exercises you may have heard of or done before. Instead, we are excited to introduce Ruth’s personal trainer, Kim Simons, and her workout series that focuses on the back, the glutes and the hamstrings. Because guess what – they are all connected.
First, a bit about Kim. When Ruth asked Kim to send a really short video showing how zany, strong, and fit she was, this is what Kim sent:
Yeah. You guys are going to love her. She forgot the strong and fit part, so may I present:
Kim is a certified professional trainer, and you can see her website at kimsimons.ca. If you click here you’ll go straight to her “about” page, and learn more about her and her style. Her blogs are really cool too – short and sweet! She’s been working with Ruth for 2.5 years, and has helped with strength and conditioning of course, but also with a troublesome shoulder issue, bad knees, and a host of other weird mystery ailments that seem to pop up from time to time. Kim’s also a BadAss herself, and has the unique skill of tuning out Ruth’s whining when she doesn’t want to work hard. “Are you done Princess?” is commonly heard in their workouts.
On Sunday morning (Toronto time) we will post a link to your first week of #BAMingSexyBack. Kim will give you an overview of what we are doing, an anatomy lesson, and even a couple of videos to demonstrate the correct form. Each week will build on the week prior, and by the end of the month you’ll have a great foundation to continue on your own. Because you SHOULD continue. These exercises are great to add to anything else you might be doing. (Oh – not doing anything formal? Why not repeat one of our previous challenges? 30 Days of Change from January maybe? Click here to go to our post about that one.)
If you have questions as we go through April, Kim is a BAM follower (@kimsimonsjr) and you can always tweet her or contact her through her website of course.
So stay tuned, April is going to be fun! We promise.
Love, Your First Ladies
Linda, Ruth, and Sarah