Part II: Core Stability Workout
The Core Stability aspect of workout is designed to do more than just that. The idea of Part II is to work your entire body while keeping your core engaged. You will work your arms and shoulders at one point, legs and glutes the next. You do this all while holding your core tight to maintain stability. This stability translates into sexier abs, as they have to get more defined to support your movement.
#4 Seated Oblique Pull
Although Shakira’s trainer prefers a towel, you can also use a Pilates ball. It’s a more advanced movement. Best to start with a towel to focus on your proper form.
Sit on the floor, heels on the ground and knees slightly bent. Hold a towel taut at both ends. Raise it overhead, then lean back, keeping your back flat. With a tight core, slowly pull the left end of the towel toward the floor while extending your left leg. Pause, then return to starting position. Repeat on the other side. That’s one rep. Do 10 [reps each side].
#5 Single-Arm Slide
The Single-arm slide is part of the core stability workout. Shakira workout trainer explains how to do Single-arm slides:
Fold a towel and hold it in your right hand. With your hands shoulder-width apart, extend your legs behind you and lower down onto your knees. Get into an almost pushup position, so that your body forms a straight line from head to knees. Making sure to keep your core tight, bend your left elbow as you slide your right hand away from you on the floor. Lower your body back into a straight line, returning to starting position. Do 10 reps, then switch and repeat another 10 reps on the other side.
#6 Step and Swipe
For the Step and Swipe see Shakira do it here. Shakira’s trainer explains the Step and Swipe:
Sit on the floor, heels on the ground and knees slightly bent. Hold a towel taut at both ends and raise it overhead. Then, lean back, keeping your back flat. With a tight core, pull the left end of the towel toward the floor. Extend your left leg at the same time. Pause, then return to starting position. Repeat to the other side to complete one rep. Do 10 each side.
If you don’t have a trainer there to motivate you, sometimes you need a mental mind trick to get started. A successful workout mind trick:
If you’re lacking motivation, tell yourself you’re just going to do the warm up. That’s it. Then, once your body is warmed up, you’re likely going to want to keep at it. It’s easy to find a million excuses not to workout. The brain is wired that way. But, it can be just as easy to convince your brain to just get up and do a few warm ups. This will get you started, and then you’ll want to finish.
Shakira Ab Workout
SELF magazine interviewed Shakira recently (see it for workout details) and asked her about the “Shakira Ab workout.” Here are her go-to moves for abs.
Do 3 sets of:
- Cow Crunches – 30 reps
- Tap Situps – 15 reps
- Sit & Reach – 15reps
- Standing Knee Ups – 15 reps
Shakira Full Body Workout Routine
Not to be outdone, SHAPE magazine also decided to get their hands on a Shakira workout. SHAPE magazine found a Shakira full body workout routine. They got the workout from Shakira’s trainer Anna Kaiser.
- Step Kick Step Lunge
- Isolated Glute/Adductor Pulse
- Abs Exercise
- Leg/Booty Burnout
- Pulsing Cat
- Moving Half-Plank Pushup
- The Sphinx
- Thera-Band Burn and Chest Opener
Shakira works with personal trainer Anna Kaiser. After a stint at Tracy Anderson’s studio, Kaiser opened AKT in Motion Studio in New York City. Anna Kaiser worked with Shakira to help her get back into post-baby shape. Personal trainer Anna Kaiser also works with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Ripa.
At Anna’s NY studio, clients have to pay $900/month to attend classes. The dance classes at AKT in Motion are based on Anna Kaiser’s time with Tracy Anderson. The classes at AKT in Motion are a mix of dance moves, core strength movements, yoga and Pilates. You can check out online videos of Anna Kaiser in action.
Shakira Pregnancy / Expecting Mom Workout
Shakira used a pregnancy workout to get an early jump on losing that baby weight. Not only did she do Zumba to dance away the calories, she also used an expecting moms pre-natal workout. Shakira told Self Magazine:
I did Zumba throughout my pregnancy. That helped me gain not too much weight. I don’t obsess over my flaws, because I see my body as a whole. Besides, I think men appreciate confidence more than perfection.
Shakira’s trainer, Anna Kaiser, co-created a “unique pre-natal program for the fit and healthy mom-to-be looking to stay active and energized during pregnancy. Shakira’s trainer created this program called Expecting More with Sara Haley:
Bonus Moves From Shakira’s Trainer
Here are some bonus moves from Shakira’s trainer. Trainer Anna Kaiser uses them with Shakira, Kelly Ripa and Sarah Jessica Parker. The videos are from Live With Kelly & Michael Show, during their Live’s Fit Spot segments.
Plyometric moves works your entire body. Trainer Anna Kaiser says:
Get into a plank. This is a total body toner. Step out with your right foot and take the left foot through. Hold that pelvis up, nail it to your spine, then you’re just gonna pull it back. Shoulders down, and bring it up. Arms, abs, booty, and glutes.