Cheer star Monica Aldama just showed off her toned abs in a new Instagram.
She credited her sculpted core to intense Dancing With the Stars rehearsals.
Monica was fit before, though, and recently shared a HIIT workout on Instagram.
Fact: Monica Aldama is a total badass. The Navarro College cheerleading coach and star of Netflix’s breakout docuseries Cheer has led her teams to a slew of national championships and is known for being a total perfectionist. Oh, and she’s about to compete on Dancing with the Stars.
Fans of the doc know that Monica was already fit to begin with, but she just shared on Instagram that her DWTS training is making her next-level jacked—particularly her abs.
“Thank you DWTS! The abs are starting to make a come back,” she captioned a pic of herself in workout clothes. Monica said she’s been in LA for more than two weeks and has been practicing for a week and a half.
“To be honest, I’ve never worked this hard physically in my life,” she wrote. “I’ve learned so much in such little time—although I’m still working on that technique. 🤪 My partner has been amazing and is tough as nails on me. (Karma right??? 😂) I’m thankful for the opportunity to have this journey and I’m soaking in every bit of it. ❤️”
Thank you DWTS! The abs are starting to make a come back. I’ve officially been in LA for 2 weeks and 3 days but it feels like much longer. I’ve been practicing for a week and a half, and to be honest, I’ve never worked this hard physically in my life. I’ve learned so much in such little time - although I’m still working on that technique. 🤪 My partner has been amazing and is tough as nails on me. (Karma right??? 😂) I’m thankful for the opportunity to have this journey and I’m soaking in every bit of it. ❤️
A post shared by Monica Aldama (@monicaaldama) on Sep 9, 2020 at 6:07pm PDT
Okay, but let's talk about those abs. When Monica referenced her core in the caption, she forgot to mention the fact that she has a freakin' six pack. I mean... her abs have abs.
“Holy wow!!! You look amazing,” one person commented on Monica's post. “YES BOD!!!” another said. “CMON BODY,” someone else wrote.
FWIW: Monica didn’t get those abs overnight, and she probably didn’t even get them from 1.5 weeks of doing DWTS training alone (although it likely didn’t hurt). While Monica hasn’t revealed a ton about her pre-DWTS exercise routine, she did share a quick HIIT workout on Instagram back in April that anyone can do at home. The workout is intense and effective (because, Monica Aldama).
“It also helps release endorphins that are going to help you stay positive and make you feel better,” she says in the video. So, there’s that, too.
Monica’s workout is a circuit, and she encourages people to do as many reps as they can for 30 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. Do five rounds, taking a 10-second rest between rounds. Here’s the breakdown:
A plank with shoulder taps
I want to take a moment to give a huge thank you to all of the healthcare workers and essential employees that are fighting this fight on the frontline. Your bravery shines bright, and you are appreciated more than you can imagine. For everyone else that is doing their part by sheltering in place and helping to flatten the curve, stay strong and this too shall pass. While you are staying at home, you can take this time to slow down and appreciate the things that you do have and look for the positive. Exercising is important for maintaining good physical and mental health because it allows endorphins to be released which create a natural mood booster. This is a quick video of a HITT workout that you can do at home. The exercises are 5 rotations that are repeated 3 times. It’s a 30 second workout with a 10 second rotation and then repeat the set. You can add as many rotations as you wish. I followed this up with a one mile walk for a cool down. Exercises in the video include: plank, squats, mountain climbers, toe taps and shoulder taps. @heb #TexansHelpingTexans
A post shared by Monica Aldama (@monicaaldama) on Apr 2, 2020 at 1:58pm PDT
BTW: DWTS comes back to ABC on Monday(!!!).
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