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The 5 Best Butt-Shaping Exercises by Fitness Expert Massy Arias

Chicas, see those coconuts behind you?  Don’t let them get saggy; a Latina butt is to be coveted after all. Lift and shape yours with these five exercises designed by fitness expert Massy Arias — BTW, have you seen her coconuts?!  Warning: this will not be easy, but the burn will be worth it next time you throw on your fave bodycon dress.

Squat Jumps for Joy

TAG YOUR BUDDIES TO CHALLENGE THEM TO THE "ALL LEVELS" JUMP SQUAT CHALLENGE ??? Video shows the move for beginners first, then intermediate, then expert. Chair trick: if you're a beginner using a chai SQUAT JUMPS: plyometric move targeting quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves. Make sure your back is neutral at all times. Push though your heels and not your toes landing softly at all times letting the coconuts and hamstrings do the deceleration for you, not your feet. CHAIR MODIFICATION: using a chair will help you with your squat form, stabilize and balance you during the exercise and make it easier all around. This is great for beginners. BEGINNER: 6 sets of 12 reps (take your time it is not a race 1 min active rest by walking around). INTERMEDIATE: 8 sets of 15 reps (challenge yourselves ,active rest 30s-1:30s walking around) EXPERT: 10 sets 15 reps 45 sec rest with added resistance. remember this is your journey no need to complete all sets within the given time frame based on rest times given…if you need to rest more, do so! #themassymethod #Godschild _________________________________ MENCIONEN A SUS COMPAÑEROS Y DESAFIENLOS AL RETO DE SENTADILLAS PLYOMETRICAS CON MODIFICACIÓN PARA PRINCIPIANTES. ? el video muestra el modo para principiantes 1ro, intermedio, y experto. SENTADILLAS pliometricas : mantener una Espalda neutral empujando desde los talones y no los dedos de los pies. Siempre aterrizar suavemente usándo los cocos y femorales al decelerar. PARA MODIFICACIÓN: al saltar aterrizar sentándose en la silla como guía para dar balance y estabilidad. Usar una silla también arreglara tu forma al hacer sentadillas si eres principiante. PRINCIPIANTES: 6 series de 12 repeticiones 1'minuto y medio de descanso INTERMEDIO: 8 series de 15 repeticiones (retense ,de 30s-1min minuto de descanso activo caminando) EXPERTO: 10 series de 15 repeticiones 20 segs de "descanzo" 45segs de descanzo. Recuerden que esta es tu hornada y no tienes que que basarte en el tiempo que te he dado. Hazlo a tu nivel y tomate el tiempo necesario de descanso para hacer la próxima serie! #elmetodomassy #hijadecristo

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Weighted Donkey Kicks

TGIF and thank God for the donkey raise exercise. To build those coconuts ladies and gents . COCONUT CHALLENGE! WHO ARE YOU GOING TO CHALLENGE? MENTION THEM! Booty building exercise: donkey kick raise with constant contraction of the coconuts by pulsing. How to: with or without weights , if adding weight place a dumbbell betwee the back of your knee and calf muscle. Raise your leg into the donkey kick and as you pulse make sure you're contracting the coconuts like lime wedges. The challenge is simple: 5 sets of 20-30 pulsing reps per side with 20 second rest per coconut. To finish off and get both aerobic and anaerobic benefits , we will finish off with 15-20 mins of stairs either outdoors or at the gym using the stair master ! there you have it. Let's start Saturday with strawberry coconuts In case we gotta put our little black dress on ?? I got you ladies! #themassymethod #godschild ________________________________________ GRACIAS A DIOS QUE ES VIERNES !!! Y GRACIAS A ESTE EJERCICIO Y RETO QUE VAMOS A HACER HOY (o cuando puedan). A QUIEN VAS A RETAR? MENCIÓNALOS AQUÍ! Para construir los cocos: este ejercicio patadas de burro ??? estoy traduciendo estrictamente al español porque no tiene nombre . Como hacer: (con o sin pesas) se colocarán una mancuerna en la parte de atrás de las rodillas o donde este cómodo agarrando la pesa con la pantorilla . Eleven la pierna y van a pensar como que están haciendo una patada al aire enfocándose en contraer los cocos y pulsar manteniendo esa contracción. El reto es simple: 5 series de 20-30 repeticiones por gluteo. Con 30 segundos de descanso por serie. Para terminar el reto y conseguir propiedades aerobicas y anaerobicas haremos de 15-20 minutos de escaleras en el gym o en cualquier lugar donde tengan escaleras. Así que ya saben. A hacer este reto porque no sabemos si mañana nos tenemos que poner un vestidito y que mejor manera que con unos cocos trabajados ☝️☺️?? #elmetodomassy #hijadecristo

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 Targeted Side Lunge

TAG A FRIEND WHO WANTS AN EXERCISE IDEA TO WORK LEGS, GLUTES AND ABS. THIS ONE IS A GREAT ONE! The side lunge with medicine ball side crunch, a must try. It is great to focus on one body part but if you add another in the mix you will burn more and spend less time in the gym. Muscles worked: the coconuts, hammies, quadriceps, and obliques. 4 sets of 10 reps per leg and you'll feel the ????? and work those ? Tip: make sure you are pushing with your heels and not your toes. Heels remain on the ground at all times. If you can't come down with a full range of motion without your heels coming off the ground this means you have really tight calf muscles and need to release with SMR and stretching. If this is the case just go down half way until you listen up those calves. #themassymethod #godschild ________________________________________ MENCIONA A UN AMIGO/A QUE NECESITE UN EJERCICIO PARA TRABAJAR PIERNAS, GLUTEOS, Y ABDOMINALES AL MISMO TIEMPO. La zancada lateral con flexion de oblicuos con bola medicinal the ayudara a trabajar los cocos, femorales, y cuadriceps al mismo tiempo pero también tus oblicuos. Este ejercicio te hará sentir el ????? así que trata 4 series de 10 repeticiones por pierna y veras que al día siguiente ciando te sientes te acordaras de mi ? Consejo: empujar con los talones y no los dedos de los pies. Tus talones tienen que mantenerse en el piso todo el tiempo pero si no puedes hacer el ejeercicio con un rango de movimiento completo sin que tus talones se eleven esto significa que tus Pantorillas están muy rígidas . Así que necesitas estirar y hacer masage myofacial . Modifícalo bajando hasta donde puedas sin que tus talones se eleven hasta que puedas relajar tus Pantorillas con un rollo de espuma o una pelota. #elmetodomassy #hijadecristo

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Push Up Kickback

The push up those coconuts challenge ??? TAG A FRIEND WHO YOU WANT TO CHALLENGE. Note: the more elevated the surface you choose to do the push ups on, the easier it Is to perform push up. So if you're a beginner use a higher bench or platform to do the push ups. Keep a neutral back at all times And to work your abs keep them nice And right during the entire routine. For the leg m kickback make sure you SQUEEZE THOSE COCONUTS AT THE TOP. Muscles worked: triceps, chest, core, coconuts (a.k.a glutes). Challenge: Beginners: 8 sets until fatigue. Intermidiate: 10 sets 5 reps on each side. Expert: 10 sets of 10 reps on each side. Finish off : 20 mins post cardio (your choice of any machine including jogging, stairs, jump rope at home, dancing ) Ready? LETS GO ! #misbehave #Godschild #yousawithere1st ________________________________ El Reto de pechadas asistidas con elevación para los cocos ??? MENCIONA A UN AMIGO QUE QUIERAS RETAR! Nota: mientras más elevada sea la superficie o banco que utilizan para hacer las pechadas, más fácil les será. Si eres principiante usa una plataforma más elevada. Mantengan una espalda neutral y para trabajar los abdominales mantenlos activados y apretados durante hacen esta combinación. Para la elevación de pierna recuerda de apretar esos cocos fuertemente al llegar arriba . Musculos trabajados: triceps, Pecho, abdominales y los cocos (gluteos). Reto: Principiante : 8 series hasta fatigarte no importa si es dos repeticiones. Intermedio: 10 series de 5 repeticiones por pierna. Experto: 10 series de 10 repeticiones por pierna. Terminen con 20 mins de cardio de su preferencia ( incluyendo salto de cuerda, trotar, escaleras desde casa) Listos? DALE! #misbehave #hijadecristo #lovieronaqui1ro

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Latina Actress At the Center of the Viral Peloton Ad Says She is Finding “Humor” In The Situation

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Latina Actress At the Center of the Viral Peloton Ad Says She is Finding “Humor” In The Situation

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It’s not every day that you see an ad for an exercise bike taking the world by storm, but this viral commercial for Peloton did just that.

Three weeks ago Peloton, the company that is well known for being an fitness empire and a media juggernaut that was being touted as the “Apple of Fitness”, posted a Holiday ad for the cult-favorite bike to Youtube. The ad seemed innocuous enough: the 30-second spot followed the fitness journey of a young wife and mother who is gifted a Peloton bike for Christmas by her husband.

As the woman’s fitness journey continues, we see her documenting her daily workouts for her husband to watch. She congratulates herself for working out “five days in a row”, asking her husband if he’s “surprised”. We see her getting up at 6am to hop on the bike, lamenting her early wake-up call. At the end of the spot, we see the young mom watching the footage with her husband in the present. “A year ago, I didn’t know how much this would change me”, she says to the camera. In the present, we see the wife looking looking nervous and fidgety as she watches her husband watch the footage. Some viewers interpreted her behavior as if she were working out for her husband’s for approval.

A few weeks after the commercial was posted to Youtube, the ad went viral–and not for the brand’s intended purpose. 

Critics immediately called out the ad for what they perceived as its sexist messaging. Not only that, some viewers interpreted Ruiz’s face throughout the advertisement as “terrified”. As one Twitter user put it, the ad tells the tone-deaf story of a “thin, gorgeous woman transforming into a still-thin, still-gorgeous woman who’s terrified her husband won’t think she’s grateful”.

Credit: @amyhoy/Twitter

After the ad seemed to take over the internet over the weekend, the identity of the “Peloton Wife” actress was finally revealed to be Monica Ruiz, a California-based actress of Latina descent. Ruiz, for her part, seems to be rather rattled by all of the negative attention aimed at the ad. 

In a statement to People magazine, she called the Peloton team “lovely to work with” and said she was “grateful” for the job opportunity. As for the the backlash, she seems to be surprised by it. “Although I’m an actress, I am not quite comfortable being in spotlight,” she said to People. “So to say I was shocked and overwhelmed by the attention this week (especially the negative) is an understatement”.

In a hilarious turn of events, Ryan Reynolds recruited Ruiz to star in a commercial for his company, Aviation Gin. The catch? She’s playing the same character as in the Peloton commercial.

In a spot titled “The Gift that Doesn’t Give Back”, Ruiz is seen at a bar surrounded by two girlfriends. They look at her warily as she stares off into the distance, nursing a martini. They tell her she’s “safe here” and that she “looks great”. Ruiz, ostensibly traumatized by her husband’s controlling behavior, can only say that the gin is “really smooth” before chugging her cocktail as well as her friend’s. 

Naturally, the Aviation Gin ad went over like gangbusters on social media, with viewers calling it “genius” and “brilliant”. As for Ruiz, she seems to be much more at peace with the entire Peloton debacle. “When Ryan and his production team called about Aviation Gin, they helped me find some humor in the situation,” she told People. “I am grateful to both Peloton and now Aviation Gin for the work and giving me the opportunity to do what I love to do”.

Of course, since the ad originally went viral on Twitter, there are no shortage of Tweets riffing on the bizarre saga of the Peloton commercial.

Honestly, you could spend hours scrolling through hilarious memes and #hottakes centered around this one 30-second commercial. Something tells us Peloton didn’t intend this sort of reaction when they were brainstorming this ad.

This person summed up the weird vibe of the commercial perfectly:

There’s something off-putting about how she seems to be embarking on this year-long fitness journey to please her husband. 

This Twitter user had to explain why people were so irritated at the tone-deaf commercial:

It’s definitely the subtext of the ad that rubs people the wrong way. 

This Latina didn’t really understand the outrage

It’s definitely true that a lot of people workout to feel strong and healthy–their appearance has nothing to do with it.

This person was highly complimentary of Ruiz’s acting skills

We definitely agree. If commercials had their own Oscars, we think there’d be no contest. 

Peloton’s Stocks Drop 10 Percent After Holiday Ad Sparks Backlash Over Sexism

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Peloton’s Stocks Drop 10 Percent After Holiday Ad Sparks Backlash Over Sexism

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Peloton’s latest advertisement for it’s $2,245 stationary bikes is sparking both outrage and satirical videos that mock the unlikely journey of a wife being happily surprised to receive exercise equipment from her husband for Christmas. “Ok, you ready,” the husband asks his wife, with one hand holding the hand of a young toddler and the other covering her eyes. “A Peloton!” she happily exclaims when she sees the exercise equipment. What ensues is a 25-second supercut of her ‘journey’ of waking up at 6 a.m. to leave her sleeping husband in bed while she rides her bike and ends with her telling the camera, “A year ago, I didn’t realize how much this would change me. Thank you.” Later, we find out that the supercut video is one of her own making, meant to be a thank you gift to her husband for buying the elite stationary bike. When the video cuts, she turns to her husband on the couch, seeking his approval, as he rubs her back and laughs. 

The Internet is breaking down every problematic aspect of the advertisement, down to the worried look on the 116-pound protagonist’s face as she says, “I’m a little nervous,” to the point that Peloton’s stock has actually fallen by 10 percent. The video has been viewed on YouTube 1.1 million times, liked just 978 times and disliked 7,200 times.

Problem #1: Misogyny. All the misogyny.

CREDIT: @PELOTON / TWITTER

Peloton marketed their campaign as “The Gift That Keeps On Giving.” The montage of this thin woman telling her husband, “Alright, first ride. I’m a little nervous, but excited. Let’s do this,” has elicited a wide range of reactions. Some people are concerned about her performance of gratitude for a husband who, let us repeat, bought her a piece of exercise equipment for Christmas. Given that the woman’s gift to her husband the next year is a montage of her fitness journey, some are concerned that “the gift that keeps on giving,” is marketed toward husbands who want their wives to get fit for them. Last year, Peloton created a similar advert that depicts a husband buying his rail-thin wife a Peloton and called it “Get What You Give – Hers.” 

Problem #2: Would there really be no emotional complexity to being surprised to receive exercise equipment from your life partner?

CREDIT: @EVAANDHERIUD / TWITTER

“Nothing says ‘maybe you should lose a few pounds’ like gifting your already rail-thin life partner a Peloton,” tweeted Siraj Hashmi (@SirajHashmi). “My husband got me a Peloton bike for Christmas! Nothing weird about that. You get me.” Twitter personality Eva Victor jokingly says in her own satirical remake of the advert. Victor hushes, “It’s 6 in the morning and my husband is still sleeping,” only to scream with rage about what kind of person buys their wife a stationary bike for Christmas. Eventually, she delivers the same line as the Peloton wife about how much the last year has changed her. “I didn’t realize how much this would change me. I want a divorce,” she smiles at the camera and offers her husband divorce papers. This is the far more likely response to that kind of gift.

Problem #3: Countless professionals signed off on this advertisement.

CREDIT: @THEDWECK / TWITTER

Twitter user Tobias Hirano (@tobihirano) works in advertising, which is what “makes the Peloton ad even funnier when you realize how much goes into this stupid shit. Like rounds of approvals on concept, script, storyboard, edit, color, graphics. Late nights, millions of dollars, entire jobs created for this ad!” he tweeted.

Problem #4: The demographics of Peloton’s upper management.

CREDIT: @MIKESINGTON / TWITTER

“The Peloton ad sucks, all Peloton ads suck…,” tweeted Mike Sington (@MikeSington), “but here’s my question: is there a single person of color than owns a Peloton bike? The whole company smacks of white privilege (skinny white privilege). I’ve got an idea- let’s take a peek at Peloton’s senior management team.” It’s no wonder why the company’s stock has fallen by nearly 10% percent today alone. “We all need to treasure the things that bring us together as a nation, as a people. Collectively hating on this Peloton ad is that thing,” tweeted  Renee Klahr (@reneeklahr).

Meanwhile, Twitter user Vanessa Contreras (@VanessaL_Castro) is asking the question on all our minds: “Am I the only Latina that looks at the word #peloton and just thinks of the word pelota? 🎾🏀🏐 every. time.” Nope. No, you are not the only Latina, Vanessa. 🙋🏽‍♀️

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