Happy #FitFriday! And more importantly, Happy Veterans Day! This week I am sharing a quick but fierce ab burning workout! I believe a strong core really is the foundation to anything fitness related. It helps with balance in yoga, it can eliminate back pain, and it helps you keep proper form when working out any muscle group!
This quick and easy ab workout can be done from home or the gym! Try the circuit 3-5 times through, taking 30-60 seconds rest between each round, and let me know how you like it! Check out the video and the explanations of how to properly perform the moves below!
30x Ab Bikes (15 each leg)
For these, I recommend taking it slow and steady! I like holding each side for about 2 seconds before kicking back out to the other side. Start out in hollow body hold with your hands clasped behind your neck. Then reach your right knee to your left elbow, be sure to not strain your neck by pulling with your hands. You should be using your abs to move. The lower your legs are to the ground, the greater the challenge. If you cannot do 40 in a row with your legs low to the ground, you can start by having them high up and then over time lower them down.
30x Dead Bugs (15 each leg)
it’s important to consciously squeeze your lower back into the ground. You should not be able to slide your hand under your back so if there’s space, make sure to always squeeze those abs! You should take these nice and slow and keep your knee at a 90 degree angle. You should feel it in your abs!
20x Tuck-ups (with or without weights)
Again, for these start out in hollow body hold and then tuck up, when you release the tuck, try to keep your shoulders and feet off the ground. In the video I show two variations with weights. The first one is a tad easier, as you keep your arms bent and by your stomach. The second variation involves more arm strength, as you keep your arms by your ears. Feel free to either use weights or don’t – whichever is your preference!
These are similar to tuck ups, but this time we keep our legs straight! We also keep our hands by our ears. This is one of my favorite ab exercises because it works your legs too. The goal here is to try and meet your hands and feet together, touching your toes. If you cannot sit all the way up, try your best to keep your legs straight and to touch your knees/shins!