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Melanie Baker

Trainer of the Month

Photography by
Darren Hendrix

Bellevue Club personal trainer Melanie Baker shares her tips for looking your best this spring. When talking beauty, she says it’s all about the buns and abs. She picked the following three exercises to target and tone those areas of the body.


Side Plank 

Start in a side-plank position with your shoulders stacked over your wrist and your abdominals engaged. Scooping in and engaging your abdominals, lift your top leg. Pointing the knee toward the sky, engaging the top obliques, pull the knee toward the elbow.

  • Repeat 15 times on each side.

Courtsey Squat

Hold a kettlebell a few inches in front of your chest, shoulders relaxed. Lift your right knee and squat, placing your right knee behind and to the left side of the left knee, squeezing inner thighs together. Then, driving through your left leg, raise the right leg long and laterally to the right, squeezing through the right oblique. 

  • Repeat 15 times on each side.

Bosu Airplane 

Start with your left leg planted in the center of the BOSU ball and your right knee raised. Engage your abdominals, and then lengthen your right leg behind you as your chest and arms reach forward in opposition. Lengthen your spine, keeping your core tight and your standing knee soft. You should feel a stretch in the planted hamstring.

  • Repeat 15 times on each side. 
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