Hello my fitness friends. Winter is well upon us and even though it makes it harder to workout, you have to do it! Summer bodies are made in the winter, that is no lie. There are so many ways to get in shape and depending on what you are trying to improve, there are always several ways to achieve it. Today, I will be focusing one of the hardest parts of our bodies to workout. The core. Before I share my personal three favorites, I have to remind you that abs are MADE IN THE KITCHEN. If you want to have a flatter stomach, you have to eat the right things or it just isn’t going to happen. You can do all the crunches in the world, but it won’t make a single difference unless you’re drinking plenty of water and eating right. Okay, now that we got that out-of-the-way, here are my three favorite ab exercises.
1. V Crunches
My absolute favorite ab workout, the V Crunch. Start out by sitting on your mat, with your chest pushed forward, back straight and legs lifted in front of you. Make sure to get your balance first and tighten your core. Slowly and controlled, extend your legs out as far as you can and then curl them back in, squeezing your abs the whole time. This exercise works the lower stomach, which is the hardest part to get rid of fat. If you are looking to get rid of that little stomach pooch, this is the best movement for that. As you can see I have my hands lifted up to make it harder, but if you have to modify it, keeping your hands on the ground is okay too. Eventually, you will be able to extend your arms with your legs.
2. Side Plank Crunch
This one is super tough. It takes a lot of strength and balance to do the movement, but it’s one of the most powerful oblique workouts if done correctly. Start out by placing your arm straight inline with your shoulder, getting a good grasp on the ground. Extend your legs as straight as possible out to the side, placing one foot on the other, or in front of the other foot. Whatever you are most comfortable with. If this is a challenge enough for you, good! It is very effective to hold this position as is. But if you want to make it more intense, tuck your knee and arm into the chest to form a crunch and then extend back into position and repeat. You will definitely feel and see the difference in your abs right as you are doing it. Workout next to a mirror if possible, it will motivate you.
3. Scissor & Flutter Kicks
Technically, these are two different motions but I use them interchangeably. Start by laying flat on your back. Back placement is really important because you could damage it if you don’t remember to align it correctly. So make sure your back is flat against the ground. Lift your legs and slowly lift one leg up, while lifting the other leg down, and vice versa. Those are called flutter kicks. The scissor kick is a motion of crisscrossing the legs. Usually, scissor kicks allow you to take the movement of your legs further down which works the lower abs a little more. Just make sure your back stays plastered on the ground. Both of these exercises, again, target the lower stomach but it still works the entire core. The variation of movements makes it challenging but keeps you engaged as well.
There you have it! Three easy, yet extremely effective ab exercises that you can do from home. These are only my three favorites but there are so many others you can do. If you did these three exercises, three minutes a day, everyday, you would see a huge difference. Abs heal a lot quicker than our other muscles so you can basically work them everyday without causing damage. If you really want a good ab workout, do these ten minutes a day and add in your own favorite ab exercises. Keep your body and your mind engaged, you will love the results!
-Remember to breathe the entire time you are working out. Inhaling, Exhaling.
-Keep your entire body tight and engage each muscle as you are working it. It can be deceptively easy if you make it easier for yourself. Challenge your muscles if you want real results.
-Have fun 🙂