Now that summer has arrived it is time to tighten that tummy! One thing I learned about abs is that you have to actually work at them if you want to see them! Crazy right?! By work we mean a clean diet and core exercises. I have listed some of my favorite abdominal exercises below for you to do at home or on the go!
Russian Twist – Are you ready to work those oblique’s? This exercise can be done with or without a weight. If you are a beginner or have a bad back, you should keep your feet planted on the ground. If you are looking for an extra challenge, sit back on your tailbone with your feet a couple of inches off the ground. Twist side to side and make sure you are getting the full motion. Feel that burn? Good! Try 3 rounds for 30 seconds each.
Oblique Leg Lifts – This is one of our new favorites! It gets you working your whole core. Start lying on the ground with your left leg straight and your right leg bent. Place your hands behind your head and as you lift your left leg, crunch your right elbow up, making sure to get that shoulder blade off the ground. Continue on this side for 30 seconds. Switch and do the same thing on the other side for another 30 seconds. In total, try 2 rounds of 30 seconds on each side.
Alternating Toe Grabs – Start by lying on your back with your feet straight up in the air. While getting those shoulder blades off the ground, alternate reaching for eat foot. (left arm to right foot, right arm to left foot.) Continue burning out that core for 35 seconds. Try 3 rounds of 35 seconds at the end of your next workout.
Superman Plank – Are you ready to workout like a superhero? Start on your hands and knees. Lift your left arm and right leg off the ground. Make sure to keep that core nice and tight and keep that back leg lifted. Hold here for 40 seconds. Find something on the ground in front of you to concentrate on. You got this! Switch to the other side after 40 seconds. End your core workouts with these guys and just do one round on each side.
In my fitness classes I love to end a great ab session with a minute plank hold. Your body has just been worked! I get it, you are over it and done with the workout. Just push yourself this one last time for this last minute. Can you do it?
Remember during all core exercises to keep your tummy nice and tight. Don’t forget to breathe and make sure you stay hydrated enough during your workouts.