Lipsey's fitness philosophy – and that of Core Concepts – is that you should always train your four major core muscles (abs, obliques, glutes and back) during every workout, and the only way to see optimal results is through mixing up exercises and by working muscles to their maximum. Core Concepts was developed by Lipsey as a way to strengthen major and minor core muscles through a series of holding, balance, functional and combination movements. The idea is to make sure the core never plateaus in development, which can happen when your muscles get too used to certain exercises. The system aims to help people lose weight, improve posture, increase lean muscle mass and build stronger stability muscles.
Choosing a fitness plan is one thing, but getting the results you want is another issue entirely. Lipsey believes that anyone can tone up and achieve Lady Gaga or Gwen Stefani's rock-hard bod – with the right blend of determination and focus. "If you are extremely disciplined with your diet and are doing the right core exercises in the most effective manner you will see optimal development and you will have a body better than an A-lister," he says.
For many of us, starting a fitness program is easy – it's sticking with it that's the hard part. Along with variety – and not letting those muscles get bored and plateau – Lipsey sees goal-setting as the best method to keep clients motivated. So rather than just say you need to get more toned, find something that will really get you revved up to work out. Whether it's being able to run 10 miles without stopping or being able to beat your best friend in a foot race, goals get results. "Everyone has some type of competitive nature, whether they are competing against themselves or someone else," the trainer explains.
Lipsey's approach to getting the whole body in top shape focuses on the core, so we asked him to let us in on some of this favorite exercises aimed at tightening the often hard-to-tighten tummy area. Here are two of his go-to toners.
Along with his ab-toning moves, Lipsey shares two exercises that take a torch to calories. We've tried them and they're tough! Not only do they get your heart pumping, they use lots of major muscles so your whole body is working hard as you sweat. Mountain-climbers are a great exercise to burn calories and strengthen your core, and explosive lunges work the legs, glutes and thighs while also burning mega-calories.
Start in a pushup position. Jump your right foot forward towards your chest, keeping your knee bent. Then switch to the other leg, alternating legs at the fastest speed possible. Trust us, you'll be sweating in no time!
Start in a lunge position (being sure not to extend your knee too far over your toe). Throw your arms towards the ceiling as you jump, lifting your entire body off the ground and alternating the position of your feet before you land. Continue switching sides.
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