5 Best Ab Exercises
I am not one that likes to spend hours in the gym, working out. In fact, what you may not know about me is that I don’t do “hours of cardio” and also no longer ever do “crunches”. I USED to do crunches, until I learned that that was a big reason for my back pain. More about how I overcame back pain HERE In this video, I share five functional ab exercises that I think you will like!
Exercise #1 – Plank
Let’s start in plank position on forearms and toes, making sure to squeeze those glutes. Pay attention to your form and take that C-curve out of your lower back, tucking your pelvis under. Work up to a doing a minute of these.
Exercise #2 – Plank Knee to Elbow
Take your right knee out to the right outside elbow. While you’re doing this, remember to breathe and stay in the good plank position, not letting your tummy sink. If this is too hard, come back to plank position.
Exercise #3 Plank – Knee to Opposite Elbow
Similar to the previous exercise, you will be in plank position, but this time you will take your right knee in to your left elbow and your left knee to your right elbow. If necessary, take a break in regular plank position.
Exercise #4 – Side Plank with a Tuck
Leaning on your forearm, lift your hips up and hold. For more of a challenge, bring that outside leg up and hold. Now take that outside arm and tuck it under your tummy, while letting your hips turn with you. Flip over and do the other side! If you need to modify, rest on one knee.
Exercise #5 – Ab Walkouts
Stand up tall, walk your hands out as far as you can and bring it back. Really control those obliques and abs along the way.
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