Hey friends! Today I am sharing one of my current favorite (and fast!) ab workout routines. This workout is great combined with strength training or cardio, or you can do it by itself for a quick morning ab burner. I am not a certified coach or a workout professional (by ANY stretch of the imagination!), so please look up these exercises online if the descriptions I provide below don’t make sense.
Do the following Circuit 2 Times:
25 Leg Lifts: Lay flat on your back, placing your hands underneath your lower back. Bring your upper body off the ground slightly. Slowly lift your legs 1-2 feet in the air, and lower slowly till they almost touch the ground.
25 Double Leg Toe Touch Crunches: To perform this exercise, lie on your back with your legs straight toward the ceiling. Squeeze your abs to push your lower back down. Then, crunch your head and shoulders off the floor, extend your arms straight and reach for your toes.
50 Cross Body Crunch (25 each side): Lie flat on your back and bend your knees about 60 degrees. Keep your feet flat on the floor and place your hands loosely behind your head. This will be your starting position. Now curl up and bring your right elbow and shoulder across your body while bring your left knee in toward your left shoulder at the same time. Reach with your elbow and try to touch your knee. Exhale as you perform this movement. (Tip: Try to bring your shoulder up towards your knee rather than just your elbow and remember that the key is to contract the abs as you perform the movement; not just to move the elbow.)
Now go back down to the starting position as you inhale and repeat.
After completing the above 2x (for a total of 200 repetitions), do the following:
2 Minute Plank: Lie facedown with legs extended and elbows bent and directly under shoulders; clasp your hands. Feet should be hip-width apart, and elbows should be shoulder-width apart. Contract your abs, then tuck your toes to lift your body (forearms remain on the ground); you should be in a straight line from head to heels. Hold for 2 minutes.
50 Plank Jacks: Begin in a plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your core braced and your feet together. Jump your feet out wide and then back again while upper body remains in place.
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