Monday, June 2, 2014

Weekly Workout: All About the Abbs

As promised, this week's workout is all about abs. I do this abb workout every night before I take a shower. It works both your upper and lower abs, and it hits those difficult muffin tops too. Change the reps depending on your skill level. Just make sure your abs are burning by the end of it. This is a quick routine that you can do in five minutes for a beautiful tummy this summer.

50 crunches: This may seem like a lot, but crunches are one of the easiest ab exercises and they are amazing at working your upper abs. Lay your back on the ground with your knees bend at a 90 degree angle. Interlink your fingers behind your head, and raise your chest to the ceiling. Make sure you aren't just lifting your head. Point your chest to the ceiling every time you go up.

30 leg raises: This exercise is a little more difficult, so if you are a beginner start out with fewer reps. Lay flat on the ground with your legs straight in front of you. Place your hands under your but, and lift your legs (still straight) up to a 90 degree angle. Then lower them back down to the ground, but do not touch the ground. This would be one rep. Make sure your head is raised, looking at your feet as they come back down to the ground.

25 Scissor Kicks: This exercise is an extension from the leg raises. Lay on your back with your feet straight in front of you. Then begin to kick your legs on top of and bellow each other. Do 25 reps on each leg.

25 Russian Twists: For this exercise, lean back, and balance on the very end of your but. Raise your feet slightly above the ground and bend them at a 90 degree angle. Holding your legs above the ground, grab a five to ten pound weight and swing if from left to right on each side of your legs. Do 25 reps on each side.

25 Ankle Reaches: Lay on your back with your legs bent. Stretch your arms out straight on each side of you, and alternate side to side reaching to your right ankle with your right hand and your left ankle with your left hand. Also do 25 reps on each side.

Repeat this routine two to three times and your abs should be BURNING. If they aren't, increase the reps. Make it a goal to do this every day and your abs will look and feel great.


Picture from here.