Jade Alexis is a woman whose brain you want to pick when it comes to health and fitness. The New York-based yogi and trainer has worked with a number of stars, including Brandy, Alicia Keys, and Jordin Sparks. And when she’s not pushing celebrities to new heights, or maintaining her daily yoga practice, Jade is coming up with unique workouts to share with subscribers of the popular fitness app, Aaptiv. Launched in 2015, Aaptiv provides access to audio-based fitness classes, programs and challenges that are brought to the platform through a team of expert trainers. You can find workouts of all kinds, including cardio, strength training options, mediation and more — more than 2,500 classes at your fingertips — for the cost of $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year.
Jade teaches yoga, spinning classes and meditation on the app, but she’s also an expert on all things core, so she can tell you how to best go about strengthening your abs. We talked with Jade about the core moves we should integrate into our workouts, the common mistakes we make when it comes to ab exercises, and why when it’s all said and done, you can’t tone up until you clean up your diet. Check out her advice.
MadameNoire: What are mistakes that you find people often make that they don’t realize when it comes to ab workouts? How are you correcting these issues through the offerings on Aaptiv?
Jade Alexis: A common mistake is to waste time isolating abdominal muscles. Aaptiv offers a variety of programming and core workouts that are not just traditional crunches, but they also include movements that attack the core through dynamic movement.
One big thing a lot of people are seeking to tackle, especially ahead of the summer season, is fat around the stomach area. What kind of moves help to target that?
When it comes to that tummy fat, diet is always very important – healthy choices, reasonable serving sizes. I’m a big fan of burpees, mountain climbers and even push-ups. Yoga will also strengthen your core, as long as you don’t collapse into the postures, but rather, lift into the postures and engage your core muscles.
What are some of the best moves to target the lower abs? Those can sometimes be the hardest to tone up.
Again, diet! Honestly, it’s very difficult to isolate the abdominal muscles. Some great moves are leg raises, bicycles, and fully extending the leg while keeping your legs low to the ground.
People underestimate how strength training can actually build a strong core and tend to think they should stick with the basics, like crunches. What weight-lifting moves target abs well?
Any weight-lifting move that involves lifting your own body weight. A few good ones include pull-ups, push-ups and pistol lunges. Also, any weight-lifting move that requires you to stabilize through the core. A few good ones include overhead squats, dumbbell rows and cable machine workouts.