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Arianny Celeste: Ring Gurl Fit / Abdominals

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When your uniform is a midriff-baring sports bra and shorts, you sure as hell make sure you do the outfit justice. While UFC fighters job is to win, UFC ring girls’ role is to showcase the upcoming round and look damn good while doing it! When the girls are doing their thing holding the ring card up high with their taut tummies exposed, there’s no escaping a thousand sets of live eyes from the audience and millions of viewers worldwide from admiring their physiques. In this section, veteran ring girl Arianny Celeste takes us through her ab routine that has her fight ready each time.

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Position yourself in a push-up position with the apex a stability ball between the middle of your shins and top of your ankles. While pressing down on the ball with your feet and legs straight, use your abs to pull the ball in so that your body is 90 degrees at the finish position.

Bosu Alternating Toe Touch
Lay on the Bosu ball with the small of your back just below the apex and butt off the ground. As you contract your lower abs to raise one leg, use your upper abs to lift your upper body and reach for your toes with the opposite hand. Return to start position and repeat on the opposite side.

Plank with Alternating Leg Lift
Get into a push-up position on the floor, but have your forearms flat on the ground and both elbows directly below your shoulders. Your core should be engaged, and your body a straight light from your shoulders to your toes. Lift one leg as high as comfortable and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat on the other leg.

Medicine Ball Toe Touch
Lay on the floor with legs flat and arms stretched above your head holding a medicine ball (beginners should start with a ball that’s on the lighter side i.e.: 2-5lbs). While lifting your legs up, simultaneously use your abs to lift your back off the ground and aim the ball towards your toes.

Side Plank
Lay on the floor on one side with forearms on the ground for stability and elbows directly under the shoulder. With your stomach tight, lift your hips off the ground so that your body is straight. Raise your top leg a high as comfortable and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.

Pikes 15 reps
Bosu Alternating Toe Touch 20 reps total
Plank With Alternating Lift 20 total
*Superset for 3 sets

While ab training creates muscle separation and depth that is the actual “six pack”, attaining a certain level of leanness through diet and cardio will make the abs more prominent and defined. Everyone leans out at a different rate, CLA (conjugated linoleum acid) may aid in targeting fat in the mid section. CLA helps to lower cortisol levels which result in the storage of fat in the mid section.

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Christmas Abbott Gym Crush

Featured in the 2017 Fitness Gurls Swimsuit Issue

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You can’t say tough without thinking of Christmas Abbott and the achievements under her belt. At 35 years of age, Abbott has become a household name within the fitness and entrepreneurial community. You may have seen her on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine or on popular TV shows such as Big Brother (last season), Big Brother: After Dark and a slew of intriguing and hilarious interviews. She’s our Gym Crush.

Also: See Christmas Abbott on the cover of Fitness Gurls Magazine

You were on our cover this year as our Most Inspiring Physique in Sports because you were mostly known for Crossfit. But you also are known for Nascar and now Big Brother! What gives you that confidence that no matter what you do, you’re going to be pretty awesome at it?
First, THANK YOU!!! That was such an amazing award! Confidence is a muscle that needs to be trained and worked at consistently and I have been working on it for a long time. While doing that I committed to try new things and be willing to “fail” as most people perceive. I don’t know what the outcome of my ventures will result in but I do know that I would rather try my hardest and prepare for my best and stumble than not try at all! So if that means that I am pretty awesome at what I take on, then I’ll take it!

Starting so many new projects, are you afraid of making rookie mistakes?
I have always enjoyed creating things and seeing their growth and potential; from businesses to people. It’s a beautiful thing to watch something you imagine come to life. I try my best to do my due diligence on any project that I approach to ensure it is as successful as I can make it within my ability. I often reach out to mentors, friends, and associates to get ruthless feedback in hopes to prevent any “rookie” mistakes. If it does happen, it’s a learning experience!

How was it staying at the Big Brother house… and how’s your foot?
The BB House was like adult summer camp with no phones and no contact with the outside world. It was such a unique and fun experience collectively that I feel really special to have it. The foot is healing. I have surgery soon to take out the hardware from the first surgery and after that, I am on the official road to recovery. It has been a slow and frustrating process but I am keeping positive about it and hopefully showing the world that you can have something tragic happen and still accomplish big things!

Another thing that you’re recently started is your online training platforms, what kind of shape do you need to be in to do your workouts?
BBX is an awesome combination of my workouts that can be done anywhere and for anyone! I know it sounds cliche but its true. All of my BBX’ers get workout videos, online community, downloadable e-books, and exclusive access to my other projects and offers. What I love MOST about the BBX program is that people sign up for a body transformation and they get major results along with a complete confidence transformation! They are such incredible people!

You seem like you’re even busier than ever, do you still have time to train as much as you use to?
Now that I am out of the BB House and getting to use my foot more I am back on a regiment. Even when I couldn’t put weight on my foot I was doing some sort of training to keep my sanity in check but also let my body know I still loved it. Body’s are meant to move! I am not training competition style right now and it looks like that won’t happen until the summer. I am loving my mix of CrossFit Invoke (my gym), spin class, and hot yoga. The combination is so good for my body and spirit.

Tell me what you have going on with Dick’s Sporting good and Second Skin Apparel?
Dick’s Sporting Goods launched their own apparel line, Second Skin. Second Skin is absolutely appropriately named!! They have a compression line and a training line. So I don’t have to go to two different companies for all of my needs! They have been an incredible company to work with and really take my input seriously. The clothes keep up with me, my demands for my body, and feel so darn good!!

Where did you learn so much about business?
HA! I have always been interested in business but it takes a lot of discipline. I didn’t graduate from college and went to work in Iraq as a civilian contractor instead which ultimately became my life college. In Iraq I learned how to be organized, detailed, commitment, and of course CrossFit! Those key skills aligned with passion can create a potent product. I have done a lot of research on whatever I venture into and when possible I leaned on mentors or sought out professional advice. Ultimately, I learned as I went but it wasn’t a “go with the flow” approach. I prepared for all of my projects as much as possible and as they were executed I learned more and more about business over the years.

You’re also an incredible model. How do you stay in such great shape year round?
Ha! Well, thank you again! I don’t consider myself a model rather than an athlete. I workout to help my journey with myself, it fuels me in such a positive way that I cannot get any other way. A healthy combination of fitness, nutrition, and enjoying life can keep you in the best, most positive shape possible. I love the balance it provides and I’m cautious not to get too far into body image that it affects my balance, meaning I enjoy drinks with my girls and holiday foods guilt free!

What’s next for Christmas Abbott? What should we be watching out for next?
I have just launched an amazing supplement company called Bourn Relentless! I wanted to create a line that I loved with all of the things that I would use with the ingredients I would put into my body, so I DID! I am really excited about this launch and the products that I have created so far. Check it out at BOURNRELENTLESS.com

Also, I am in the final phases of a project that has been in the works one way or another for almost five years! CAN is an online coaching nutrition program that is education driven and a one-stop shop for macro calculating, goal tracking, meal resources, workout regiments, and supplements suggestions. It is super user-friendly and will have a ton of support for the client so they feel empowered and educated throughout their entire lifestyle change. I am so proud of this project and what it will do to help people truly understand the fundamentals of nutrition within their lifestyle without feeling helpless, confused, or restricted. CAN will help people make the lifestyle changes they have been wanting! People can sign up through my website ChristmasAbbott.com to get in the know for when it will launch and even an early bird discount for sign ups!

As for life, I am enjoying time with family and friends as much as possible and leaning into an adventure. I have had a lot of personal growth this year and I want to be sure I reflect on it and not take it for granted.
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Find more about Christmas Abbott at: @christmasabott
Photos by Ohrangutang @ohrangutang / Makeup by Cristina Pilo @cristinapilo

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