mbg moves With CJ Frogozo: 8-Minute Glutes Burn
Welcome to mbg moves! In 2020, we've been working out at home more than ever—and we know our readers are, too. To help keep your fitness routine feeling fresh, we're releasing a new at-home workout every Monday, to start your week off strong. Each month will feature routines from a different incredible trainer we adore. Now, let's get moving with our first trainer spotlight: CJ Frogozo.
Most of us are sitting *a lot* these days. That's why I created this three-move workout that will not only get you moving but also activate the back of your body and bring some blood flow back to that thing you've been sitting on all day (yep, I'm talking about your butt). This sequence is also great for bringing mobility back to your hip joints and providing some efficient cardio.
Not feeling the mountain climbers? No problem. Just lie on your back with the soles of your feet together (supta badhakonasana) for a more restorative ending.
Your 4-week challenge: This workout is Part 3 of my monthlong series (see my lower-body blast and cardio burst). I challenge you to keep doing more movement sessions each week (keep an eye out for a new workout every Monday) so by the end of the month, you're doing my eight-minute workouts three to four times weekly. Trust me; I think you'll feel a lot better in your body.
Instructions: Complete 2 minutes of each exercise: diamond (side 1), bridge lift, diamond (side 2), and mountain climbers. Move from one exercise to the next without rest for a full 8-minute workout.
Diamond (Side 1)
- Lie on your side. Come down onto your forearm. Bend your knees.
- Lift out of your waist, lift out of your shoulder, and lift your heels. Keep your heels or toes glued together. Then lift and lower your knee.
- That's one rep. Continue to lift and lower for 2 minutes.
Modification: You can put both feet down and just work on lifting the knee. If this is too much on your shoulders or neck, you can slide all the way down and rest your head on your hand.
- Lie on your back. Place your feet hip-distance apart. You should almost be able to touch the heels with your fingertips.
- Pull your waist in, press through the heels, and hover your glutes just a few inches off the ground. Keep your waist pulled in, keep the ribs knitted in—don't puff the chest; keep it low. Keep the shoulder blades on the ground. Squeeze the glutes a lot; reach the tailbones toward the backs of the knees.
- Lift the glutes up by squeezing them and pressing into the heels. Then lower back down. to the starting position. That's one rep. Continue for 2 minutes.
Diamond (Side 2)
- Repeat the diamond exercise on the opposite side. (See directions above.)
- Continue for 2 minutes.
- Start in a plank pose, with shoulders over wrists. Pull waist in, drag shoulder blades down the back, and engage the core.
- Fire up the belly by pulling one knee in, then the other. That's one rep. Continue for 2 minutes.
Modifications: You can speed it up if you'd like. Just make sure your butt stays in line with your shoulders. If you need a modification, come down to your forearms, and work your knees.
CJ Frogozo is the VP of PR and Community for Thinx, Inc. and a teacher at both The Class by Taryn Toomey and The SaltDrop.
In almost two decades of working in fitness and wellness, CJ has taught everything from step aerobics to vinyasa yoga. She earned her 200-hr teacher training at YogaWorks in Los Angeles under the instruction of Annie Carpenter and Sonya Cottle. She completed her barre3 certification in 2014 and created a beautiful community at their cozy West Village studio. Additionally, she has taught at The Class by Taryn Toomey since 2017 and joined the SaltDrop teaching team March 2020.
On and off the mat, she is committed to social and economic justice and sustainability. Prior to Thinx, she headed up cause-based and advocacy public relations for V-Day, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, ColorOfChange.org, and more. Additionally, she worked for the Obama Campaign in 2008 and the Kerry Campaign in 2004.