Most ab exercises don’t do much to burn fat so performing them will simply build muscle and your stomach will end up looking bulkier if you don’t get rid of the fat surrounding it. Getting rid of fat involves cardio and clean eating. For my workout today, I started off with 30 minutes cardio on the elliptical and then began working on my abs.
This workout is simple but very good for working your abdominal muscles. There are so many muscles in your stomach area and you want to activate each and every one.
I did 20 reps of each exercise for 3 circuits with 1 minute rest between each circuit. Again, feel free to adjust the length of your rest time depending on how you feel. One thing I want to point out, it’s important to push yourself out of your comfort zone and really challenge yourself, but at the same time, know your limits and know when to stop. Otherwise you might end up injuring yourself.
Reverse Crunch: begin by laying on your back with your knees bent 90° in the air. Breathe out and contract your abs as you pull your hips up and your knees toward your chest. Slowly and with control, lower your hips down and lower your legs (still bent) until you’re a few inches away from the ground then repeat the same motion. Do this for 20 reps.
Crunch: this is a basic crunch. Start by laying down on your back with your legs hip-width apart and bent at the knee. Place your hands behind your head and breathe in. Exhale and contract your abs as you lift your back slightly off the ground to do the crunch. Inhale as you slowly lower back down. Repeat for 20 reps.
Scissor Kicks: start by laying down on your back with your arms resting at your side. Lift your legs until they’re about 6 inches off the ground. Lower one leg down until it’s about 2 inches off the ground. Lift that leg back up and lower the second leg down to 2 inches off the ground. Keep alternating for 20 reps. Remember to breathe and tighten your core to engage those muscles.
Bicycle: start by laying down on your back with our arms behind your head. Lift up your legs until they’re 4 inches off the ground. Lift up your back and twist to meet your right elbow with your left knee. Lower back down, but not fully, and lift and twist again to meet your left elbow with your right knee. Continue alternating for 20 reps. BREATHE!
Plank: this is a simple exercise. Position your hands shoulder width apart and right underneath your shoulders. Maintain a straight back and keep your core tight and engaged and plank. I try to keep beating my previous plank time. Today I planked for 1:30 (1 minute, 30 seconds.) Aim for a certain time to plank and then see if you can squeeze out a few more seconds to add to your goal time. You can also do this exercise laying on your forearms if you feel more comfortable that way.
Oblique Toe Taps: start off by laying on your back with your hands by your side and your legs bent at the knee and hip-width apart. Lift your back slightly off the ground and lean to your right side and tap your foot. Return to neutral position and lean the other way to tap your left foot with your left hand. Continue alternating for 20 reps.
Hope you guys like this workout! Let me know what you think. Have a good night everyone!