The sun is starting to shine bright and with that our white glows turn to gold tones and our desire for a toned beach body awakens itself back into our minds. It will soon be summer but it’s never too late to get out and start melting that muffin top away with some really amazing ab workouts.
When it comes to working your core, there are so many directions you can take, so try them out and find which move works best for you. A few work outs that I love to do to tighten and strengthen my core are plank reps as well as some good ole’ crunches and sit-ups.
Planks and crunches are great because you can do them anywhere and don’t have to be at a gym. You really could just get into a plank position while waiting for your latte at Starbucks. People may look at you funny but there is no excuse to not be able to do these moves anywhere, any time of day.
To start, get into plank position with your elbows shoulder width apart on the ground and your feet spread out about the same distance. Make sure your hips are slightly down which will engage your core even more and keep your spine in alignment. Stay in this position for one minute (shown in 1st image), then switch to right side (shown in 2nd image) for one minute, and switch to left side for one minute. Repeat twice.
Now that you have worked up a nice lather of sweat on your forehead, try a series of crunches to really get those ab muscles doing their job.
I love doing crunches because it is a fast repetition that really engages and strengthens the lower abdomen. Try turning to each side as you crunch upwards to engage your obliques and further trim your waistline.
The sit-up hasn’t evolved much since grade school, so just as you remember lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Bring your hands behind your head or across your chest and begin to sit-up. Repeat with full range to engage your entire core. Try to start with 25x and work your way up in increments of 10 to 20 as you feel like challenging yourself more.