All things Alice (Q)
I have a trapped corner in this kitchen I’m restoring/remodelling. The stove goes in front of this, and has to go there, no place else for it. As a result, there’s no useful access to this corner space. So I built a triple-door top-access countertop storage space for the corner. It’s not quite done, but this is the idea.
These lights are too adorable to not try! They look pretty simple, but if you get stuck, Three Cheers for Stylish & Crafty Living has everything you need to know!
Lie on the ball face down with the bulk of your weight resting on your hips. Place hands on the ground, directly under your shoulders and palms facing forward. Keep feet together. Your hip bones should be about 6-8 inches off center so that your body can pivot. Inhale, tighten your muscles, pivot forward smoothly into a push-up position while maintaining balance. Pause briefly, exhale, and push back into starting position. Do 15 reps. WORKS CHESTProne Lower Back Extension w/Rotation
Lie on the ball face down with one hand behind your head and the other flat on the ground. Rest on your stomach and hips, keeping your head, neck, and chest off the ball. Keep feet hip width apart. Inhale, tense up your abs and legs, and rotate your body, opening up your chest until your arms form a straight a line. Pause briefly, exhale, and return to starting position. Do 15 reps on each side. WORKS ABS, CORE, BACK, OBLIQUESSupine Straight Leg Bridge
Lie on your back with arms extended at your sides, palms facing down. Place your feet just off the center of the ball and keep them together. Tense up your abs, inhale and thrust your hips up until your body forms a straight line. Pause momentarily, exhale, and slowly return to starting position. To make this exercise more challenging, don’t let your butt touch the ground. Do 15 reps. WORKS GLUTES
Mix Spider Abs - Get into plank position with elbows locked. Pull your knee towards your opposite elbow, then towards your same elbow, and finally extend it back and out as high as you can. Repeat for 15 reps on each side.
Side Bridge Crunch - Get into side bridge position, resting on your elbow, the other arm extended above your head, and your feet staggered (one behind the other). Bring your back knee towards your elbow, tightening your abs as you crunch. Repeat & switch sides.
Full Sit-ups - Lie on the mat with your knees bent, feet slightly apart, and arms extended in front of you, palms facing up. Do a full sit up, keeping your arms straight and contracting your abs as you come up.
Curtsy w/Drop Foot
Stand with feet slightly apart and arms extended at your sides with dumbbells in hands, palms facing each other. Inhale, tigthen your abs, and alternate doing a curtsy, dropping your foot on the way down. Make sure to land on your ankle. Exhale and push off with your front leg when coming up. Make sure your knee does hit on the ground on the way down. Do 15 reps on each side. WORKS GLUTES, QUADSCurtsy Up to Shoulder Press w/Knee Up
Stand with feet together and hold the weights at shoulder level with elbows bent and palms facing forward. Inhale, tense up your abs, and do a curtsy, making sure your front knee is aligned with your toes and your back knee does not touch the ground. Pause momentarily, exhale, and come up, raising your knee so that your thigh is parallel to the ground, and simultaneously press the weights up above your head. Do 15 reps on each side. WORKS ABS, CORE, GLUTES, OBLIQUES, QUADS, SHOULDERS
Abs Standing Side Crunch
Stand with feet wider than shoulder width, toes pointing forward. Hold one weight at your hip and the other at shoulder level with your elbow bent and your palm facing forward. Inhale, tense up your abs, and extend your arm above your head and bend in the same direction, bending your opposite knee simultaneously. Pause momentarily, exhale, and stand back up to starting position, bringing your opposite knee up to your elbow. Do 15 reps on each side. WORKS HIP FLEXORS, OBLIQUES, SHOULDERS