Today I'm bringing you a killer ab workout that I'm really excited to share. Everyone is all about the abs now that summer is (almost) in full swing, and I tried this one at the gym the other day - whoa. My abs were on. fire. halfway through the first round! I ended up having to take a break before round 2 because my abs couldn't take it. And I have to say, they're pretty sore right now. I'm excited about this one not just for that reason, but it's a workout that you can take with you anywhere. Do it in your room, hotel, in your backyard, garage, or obviously at the gym... wherever you are, this ab workout is too!
So let this be motivation for you to try it out, and save it to that Pinterest board for later, too! (And if you're really into do-anywhere ab workouts, this one is a killer too!) Ready to feel the burn? Let's get to it!
10-Minute Do Anywhere Ab Workout
What You'll Need: nothing! Hah! Though I'd recommend an exercise mat if you're working on a hard surface.
What You'll Do: every move is done for 1 minute (in some cases, 30 seconds each side). Easy enough - just work your way through the exercises twice, trying to rest as little as possible. And don't be fooled by the short timeframe... this will get your abs fired up in no time!
V-Up to Push Up - start lying face up on your mat, arms extended overhead. From here, V up, keeping your legs and spine straight (don't round your back!). Go back down and roll over onto your stomach, placing your arms close by your ribs, ready for a push up. Then, push yourself up off the ground. Go back down, and roll back over to perform another V up. Keep alternating in this fashion for 1 minute. Trainer Tips: the keys to this move are: a) to keep your spine straight when you V up (engage those abs HARD), and b) lift your WHOLE body up at ONE time when pushing up off the ground. Don't "roll" up from chest to toes, but rather lift yourself as if you are a rod that cannot bend, and think of sucking your belly button in toward your spine as you lift.
Knee Trace Planks (30s/30s) - this move you'll do for 30 seconds on one side, then switch for 30 seconds on the other (1 minute on a single side is BRU-TAL!). Start in a high plank position, bringing one knee to meet the same side elbow. From here, trace your knee up along your arm to your armpit, rounding your upper back and tucking your chin to your chest. Then lower your knee down to your wrist. Keep tracing up and down for the full 30 seconds each side, trying to keep your knee in contact with your elbow the whole time. Trainer Tip: if high plank is too challenging, drop down to a knee on that stationary leg.
Up & Over Crunches - oooo, you'll feel the burn during these ones! Start in a seated position, legs out straight and upper body leaning back with forearms on the floor. From here, bring your legs "up and over" to the other side, lifting your upper body up to meet your thighs in the middle. Try to keep your feet elevated off the floor at the bottom. Trainer Tip: if keeping your legs straight is too much for the full minute, or if it's causing you lower back pain, bend your knees in to your chest instead of keeping them straight.
Thread the Needle (30s/30s) - another one that you'll do for 30 seconds per side. Start in a side plank on your forearm with the opposite arm extended toward the ceiling (shown). From here, lift your hips up and press your forearm into the ground while reaching your other arm underneath and through towards your ribs (shown; think of it like a side pike position). Do this for 30 seconds each side.
Leaning Oblique Twists (30s/30s) - last one you'll do for 30/30. It's easier to explain this one in terms of sides, so start in a kneeling position on your right leg, with your left leg out straight to the side, and left hand tucked behind your head (shown). From here, lean to your right, engaging your obliques, creating a straight line from head to foot (shown). Now twist your torso so your top elbow is pointed toward the floor (shown), trying to maintain work in that same plane as much as possible (i.e. keep your weight still, don't lean forward). Reverse the entire move so you are back upright, pausing for a second in each position. Trainer Tip: if you're doing these on a hard surface, I recommend folding over your mat so you get double the cushion. This one can be hard on the knees.
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Readers: chat with me! What new ab workouts are you trying? Any new moves out there that you like? How has your week been? Anyone have any fun, active plans for the weekend/month/summer?
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