You can keep your abs toned through the holidays with this in-home routine. If you hate going out in the cold, then this routine will be perfect for you.
Tightening up those pesky lower abs is challenging. Most of the exercises that target that region involve using the hip flexors, so if they are weak then you may not feel the movement.
Engaging the transverse abdominal muscles that will tighten up your core. To hit this area I’ve put together some unconventional exercises that all build upon a plank.
You will need:
- 2 hand towels
- smooth surface
- a rock solid focus
*Make sure you can master a standard plank hold before you progress to these exercises.
Get into plank position with your towels under your feet. (The naval is pulled toward the spine and your body is streamlined.) Push yourself back as far as you can while you are pressing into the towels. Then pull your body back to the starting position. It’s a small movement. Keep your body tight and straight the entire time. Perform 8-12 reps or go for 30 seconds.
Get into a push up position with arms extended and hands under your shoulders. Press down into your towels and pull your feet toward you. Then, push back to the starting position. This can also be done by bending your knees and pulling them toward your chest. Perform 8-12 reps or go for 30+seconds.
Holding the extended plank position, pull your right knee in toward your chest then press back while pulling your left leg in toward your chest. Perform 16-20 reps (right & left leg is a full rep) or go for 30+ seconds.
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Get into plank position and tighten up your abs and butt. Crawl forward on your forearms until you hit the edge of your mat, then crawl back. 4-8 reps (one forward and back is a full rep).