Hi! First of all, remember me?! I promise I am going to become more consistent with posting. Bear with me people; I’m still trying to figure out this whole blog life thing! But, what better way to start off a summer blog post than with ab exercises?
Life has been like a sprint these last few weeks, between wedding planning, baby shower planning (for my sis in law!!), my job, nesting in our new home, traveling, it’s been a whirlwind, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. And I’m going to be honest, when I get a minute to just chill, I chill (even though I should actually be writing blog posts, blog planning, researching, etc.) Baby steps! ?
So, with my current nonstop schedule, I have been trying to fit in my workouts randomly, which kills me. I am not a random-type person. I like routine. A LOT. Chris and I are creating a home gym in our garage, and it’s proven to be so convenient, when A) I don’t want to leave the house or B) I must get my workout in FAST! We currently have a couple of wall balls, a TRX band set-up (get ready for some workouts!), jump ropes, dumbbells, and a few more items. We are constantly adding things to the list; our next purchase is going to be a set of kettle bells. Lastly, we have a few rubber mats on the floor and this is where my favorite go-to ab exercises come into play.
I personally incorporate abs into EVERY workout; everyone is different, so do what works for you. The best part of these exercises is you can do them ANYWHERE, literally anywhere. The first two exercises target the lower/stubborn as hell abs while the others are core strengthening exercises. So, grab your mat and let’s get to it!
30 Pulse-Ups (Lower) – Lie on your back with your arms directly to your sides – palms facing down. Now, lift your legs high in the air and begin pulsing, as if you are pushing something up with your feet, using your lower abs.
30 Scissors (Lower) – First, lie on your back. Then, place your hands palm-down by your sides; your arms should be stationary throughout the entire exercise. Next, lift your legs so your heels are about 6 inches from the ground. Move your legs in a scissor motion.
30 Lying Windshield Wipers (Core) – Lie on your back, legs in the air, arms in a low-V or T position, palms facing down. Slow and controlled, move your legs side-to-side, holding them together like they are a windshield wiper. Lower enough to each side where you do not twist your hips or lose your hold completely. This is a very controlled exercise and your obliques will love you!
Elbow Plank – 1 Minute – First, lie on your stomach with your toes tucked in. Press your forearms on the ground and lift your body into a straight line. Do not let your hips sink!
*Repeat 5 Times*
Tip: Use ankle weights for these exercises. I typically use 3 pounds on each leg.
I am constantly trying to find new go-to ab exercises. Send me your favorites! I would love to hear them.
Have a great week, everyone!