As promised this week will focus on the abs. With spring just a few short weeks away it is essential to start working on the mid-region of the body so you can wear that bikini with pride.
Inverted Oblique Lift
Alright, I could not actually find a picture that demonstrates this workout but this is quite similar, same idea but modified a bit.
1) Begin with your left leg straight on the floor and your right leg bent with your foot on the floor and angle your right knee inward. Rest your hands behind your head and pull in your abs.
2) Now lift your right leg and straighten it (still directing it inward) slightly across your body, keeping your left leg straight on the floor. Contract your abs and raise your body at the same time (your upper body does a normal crunch).
Hold this position for five seconds and lower to starting position. Thats one rep, now do at least 24 more and then switch sides so that your left leg is bent and your right is straight.
This workout is great for those who feel that regular side crunches are not as challenging because it adds the weight of your leg.
Alternating Split Pike
1) Begin with both legs straight on the floor and your arms streched out past your head. Now contract your abs and crunch up while you lift your left leg straight off the floor so it is at a 90 degree angle. (Use bottom picture for reference)
2) Hold and lift your right leg up to meet your left leg into a pike position while raising your torso higher by reaching your hands towards your toes (Use the top picture for reference). Lower back to starting position.
Thats one rep, do at least 24 more and then switch sides so that your right leg is straight on the floor and your left is at the 90 degree angle.
This workout again is great for those who feel that they are no longer challenged by a regular sit-up as it adds the weight of both of your legs.
The bonus: it works out your obliques as well because you begin with one leg at a time and then continue to both legs which works your abs.
Note: be sure to keep your toes pointed, as this will keep your body stay tight and will not allow for your knees to bend. There is nothing worse than trying to work your abs and looking like a flopping fish because you do not keep your body tight.
Next week we are getting bootilicious, and working out that rear! Stay posted for some fun fitness facts in the meantime...