The star’s most recent fitness offering is a new book Shape Up with Gabby Allen (Ebury Press, £15.99), a four-week workout plan and cookbook, based on the programme Gabby created when she was in Mallorca on ‘lock down’ for her entrance to the Love Island villa. ‘I didn’t have my weights with me and there was no chance of going out to a class, so I invented my own high-energy bodyweight workouts,’ says Gabby.
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These workouts saved my sanity and made me feel completely confident striding into the Love Island villa.’ Indeed, Gabby’s fit physique soon became a talking point; there was even a hashtag gabsabs. ‘I was like “What? Amazing!”,’ says Gabby. ‘That’s the kind of results I want you to get too. As a PT, I can help you build your confidence as much as I can help you get in better shape.’ In Shape Up with Gabby Allen, Gabby takes you from week to week, pushing you to work harder, improve your fitness and get those feel-good endorphins going. Her quick HIIT workouts combine elements of boxing, barre and 360˚ training to define, tone and sculpt, plus cardio for extra fat burning.
Now Gabby’s sharing one of her trademark workouts with H&F, a lower-body blitz comprising dynamic combinations of moves to keep your mind and body challenged. ‘We use fast and slow moves to target your muscles in different ways,’ she says. ‘I call it “tempo training”: fast moves like jumps are fat-burning cardio while slow moves like squats build strength and muscle.’ So what are you waiting for? Whether you’re jetting off on a villa holiday, Love Island style, or just want a speedy circuit to squeeze into your lunch break, these moves will get you looking your best with or without your clothes on – this summer! If you’re a fan of summer’s biggest hit show, Love Island, you’ll be familiar with Gabby Allen, the super-fit London PT who became a household name when she made it to the finals in 2017. Since then, Gabby’s been on a mission to share her fitness secrets, starting her own fitness business, launching a best-selling app, Shape Up with Gabby Allen, and presenting classes on boutique home-workout platform FIIt.
LONG JUMP FORWARD + BOUNCE BACKS
Place your feet hip-width apart, knees bent (A). Take a big jump forwards, using your arms to give you momentum (B). Bounce back to the start position and repeat.
SQUAT HOLD + WALKS
From standing, feet wide, squat and hold for 4 counts (A). Bring your right foot in (B) and take 2 steps to the left. Hold for 4 (C). Take 2 steps back to the right, hold for 4 counts. Repeat the sequence.
CURTSEY LUNGE + CRISS-CROSS ARMS
From standing, curtsey your left leg back and behind, bending your knees into a deep lunge. Criss-cross your arms x 4 (A). Push up, step your feet apart and spread your arms to the sides, shoulder height (B). l Step to the opposite side and curtsey lunge with your other leg, criss-crossing your arms x 4 (C). Repeat the sequence.
BUTT BRIDGE + LEG EXTENSION
Lie on the floor with your feet hip-width apart, heels down. Squeeze your butt and lift your hips. Hold for 4 counts (A). Extend your right leg, keeping your hips lifted and square. Hold for 4 counts (B). Lower your leg and hold the bridge position for 4 counts (C). Extend your left leg and hold for 4 counts (D). 4 Repeat the sequence.
IN OUT SQUATS + TOUCHDOWN
Starting in a wide squat position (A), jump into a narrow squat (B), then back into a wider squat. Touch the floor with your hands (C). Repeat the sequence.
FIRE HYDRANT EXTENSION + TOE TAPS
From all fours, navel to spine and shoulders away from your ears, extend your right leg to the side, toe resting on the floor (A). Squeeze your glutes, slowly lift the extended leg up and down (B). Repeat the sequence, switching your legs halfway through. for 60 seconds before repeating the lower body circuit.
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