I love a good ab workout! Ab exercises are some of my all-time favourites, as I do find that these are some of the easiest to feel if you are working your muscles or not. (Aka feeling the burn!) What I also love are ab exercises that give you a little bonus arms or legs, especially on cardio days, or days when you are crunched for time. (Oh dear… back ab joke!)
Here are a few of my favourite ab-tastic exercises for an ab-solutely fantastic core workout!
Complete 1 round if you are adding onto another workout (cardio, legs, upper body), or 3 rounds if only workout of the day.
20 Scissor Kicks
10 Plank Up Downs
30 Russian Twist
10 Plank Jacks
20 Jack Knifes
Scissor Kicks: Keep lower back pressed into the floor (drawing your belly button towards your spine can help with this.) Legs are lifted straight up (easier) or kept at an angle to the floor (harder). Lift head slightly and look at towards feet or ceiling. (If you have neck problems, leave head on floor.) Alternate lowering legs to just above the floor, as to not lose tension at the bottom of the movement.
Plank Up Downs (Or Moving Plank): Start in a plank position on elbows and toes. Shoulders, hips and feet should all be in a straight line. With control, move onto hands, as into a push up position start. Hold for a second, then come back down into an elbow plank position. Try and alternate which hand you engage the movement with.
Russian Twists: Sitting on your tailbone, knees bend to 90 degrees. Lean back until you feel your abs engage (should be a bit of work to hold this position.) Relax shoulders and neck. Clasps hands in lap, elbows wide. With control, twist core and touch one elbow to the floor. Then twist to the other side, touching the opposite elbow to floor. Repeat.
Plank Jacks: Start in a plank position. These can be done either from the elbows or on the hands, arms fully extended. Keeping hips level (in line with shoulders and feet), and feet starting narrow (less then shoulder width). While keeping core engaged (no bums in the air!) jump feet out to wider then shoulder width. Then jump feet back to starting position.
Jack Knifes: Laying face up on the floor, arms and legs fully extended. Engage core, draw belly button towards spine. With control and without straining the neck, bring straight legs and arms to meet above the torso. Pause for a second, then lower arms and legs to starting position. (If straight legs is tough, bend knees as you bring them towards the ground, touching the heels to the ground, ending up in a crunch position.)
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