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Group Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer Carrie Jacobsen Shares Her Easy At-Home Workout

We recently invited members of our Talent Team to share with us the ways they are practicing self-care habits at home and easy workouts that are a part of their routine. Carrie Jacobsen shared two routines with us, that are easy for anyone to recreate at home using minimal equipment. Carrie has years of experience teaching a variety of group fitness classes as well as personal training in the New York and New Jersey region.

Her first routine involves a paper plate in lieu of sliding discs that can help your. core muscles and lower body. In her second routine, she highlights the benefits of resistance bands and shares some tips with us for making the most with this exercise tool and some movements to target the glutes and outer thighs.

Carrie’s Paper Plate (Sliding Disc) Workout

1). Side Lunge – Make sure your knee is tracking directly over your ankle as you slide out; keep hips and knees facing front and abs drawn in to engage your core. Complete 3×16 reps on each side.

2). Wide Stance to Narrow Squat – Slide your leading leg out slightly wider than shoulder distance and sit back into squat until thighs are parallel to floor; then slowly drag your leading leg back to start and squat again. Keeps your abs in tight. This targets both outer and inner thighs, hamstrings, glutes and core muscles. Complete 2×16 reps each side.

3). Plié Tendu – Keeping a slight bend in your supporting leg and your abs in tight, sweep your working leg front and back in a half circle. This targets outer and inner thighs and glutes. Complete 2×16 reps each side.

4). Sliding Arabesque – Keep a slight bend in your supporting leg and pull in your abs. Sweep working leg straight back behind you, and then straighten the front leg to return to start. Complete 3×16 reps each side.

5). Plank into pike – Start in push-up position and draw your abs in tight. Use your abdominals to lift your hips up into upside down “V”. *Bonus move: slide each foot out to the side and back to midline to target lower body. Complete 3×12 reps on each side.

Access Carrie’s Routine on Instagram Here.

Benefits to Resistance Bands – and Carrie’s 5 Easy Routines to Shape Your Glutes and Inner Thighs

In another routine, Carrie highlights for everyone, the key benefits to using resistance bands as another supplement to workouts. Resistance bands are a great easy tool that accommodates every level of fitness and allows you to target nearly every muscle in the body. Key highlights of resistance bands include:

1) They improve the quality of your exercises.
2) They help to focus the control of your movements.
3) They recruit your stabilizing muscles.
4) They’re fundamental for functional training.
5) They are an easy, affordable alternative to machines.
6) They’re lightweight.
7) They’re designed for compound exercises.

Access Carrie’s 5 Favorite Resistance Movements on Instagram here.

If you are a personal trainer or group fitness instructor who has found a specific routine or habit especially helpful in your practice, we’d love to hear from you! Tag us at @tfliving on Instagram and Facebook with your tips and tricks.

Catherine Rotman