Fitness influencer Katie Austin’s brand prides itself on creating workouts and recipes “for your everyday lifestyle,” as noted on her website. Practically, this means that most of her workouts can be done anywhere, anytime, with little to no equipment required.
Where her favorite sculpt move is concerned, the same is true. The “total body burn[er],” as she referred to it, is a combination of a few different classic bodyweight moves.
“With no equipment needed, this sculpting move is a total body burn, especially for your core and legs🔥,” she said of the clam to kick movement in her Instagram demonstration. Here’s how she does it:
Clam to kick
1. Start with a crunch
Begin sitting on one side on your mat, propping your upper body up with one arm bent on the mat beneath you and your legs bent slightly at the knee. With your other hand resting behind your head, slowly begin to twist your upper body toward the floor, bringing your elevated elbow toward the hand resting on your mat.
2. Move into a hip raise
Return to your initial sitting position, keeping one arm bent and your hand resting on the back of your head. Begin lifting your hips up off the ground, keeping your knees and lower legs planted for support. Lower back down to the ground.
3. Clam to soft kick
In your original position on the mat, begin to lift your top leg off of the bottom leg, keeping your toes planted on your bottom foot and opening up into clam position. From there, lift your top leg up straight into the air. Return to your original position.
4. Put it all together
On the mat in your original position, start by crunching. Then, as you return your upper body to the start position, simultaneously lift your hips up and hold. Perform the clam to soft kick move with your hips lifted. Return to your original position.
If you’re looking to mix up your regular routine, or up the intensity, listen to Austin and incorporate the “clam to kick” move into your next strength set.