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Killer Ab Workout

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Women doing crunch

Tonight (after mustering enough energy to get out of the door) I hit a cardio kickboxing class.  The instructor always ends with 15 minutes of ab work and tonight she did such a simple effective routine I have to share. I still feel like I have a rock in the pit of my stomach!

Ok so here’s the routine… (I’ll link to the a description of the exercises as they do a much better job of describing and illustrating then I ever will!)

  1. Start with 10 Reverse Sit Ups
  2. Then 10 Basic Crunches
  3. Then do 10 of them together (aka a Full Crunch)  
  4. The end with a Modified Plank for as long as you can hold it (at least 10 seconds)
  5. Rinse and Repeat 3 TIMES!

It’s so simple and the exercises varied enough I didn’t get board. Midway through the second set my stomach muscles were on fire! Try it and let me know what you think.




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Discussion

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    Anonymous

    April 17, 2008

    Thats a pretty basic way to start, Id definitely up the reps and with the plank, its best to stay as ow to the ground as you can in a complete straight line and hold for at least a minute each time, buidling from there. There are also some great pilates type ab exercises to work a wider range of motion and some great ones with weighted balls, “bicycles” for the obliques, etc. Theres a whole world of abs out there! All great when form is kept correct. Good for you!

    Heidi

    April 18, 2008

    Roni you Rock! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! No matter how basic or “un basic” I find it so refreshing to get a new tip! Especially from someone who is actually using it, not just in a Redbook magazine on the stand. I appreciate everthing you share with us and just want to say Thanks! I check your site every day for motivation and it works!!

    Laura N

    April 18, 2008

    Thanks for posting this info. I never know exactly what I should do for my abs when I’m not in a class. This seems pretty easy to remember. I love doing plank–I feel like such a rock star when I’m holding that pose.

    Larissa

    April 18, 2008

    Oooh, I’ve been wanting to find a new ab routine. Thanks, Roni!

    michelly

    April 18, 2008

    Thanks for sharing! I’m going to do this routine this afternoon after my elliptical workout. I worked out with a personal trainer last week and he had me hold the plank and side planks for a whole minute. It took that whole week for my abs to stop hurting every time I breathed. I’ll start with this routine, maybe adding side planks and maybe work up to a minute non-stop in the plank position.

    swizzlepop

    April 20, 2008

    Thanks for posting that. I think I will give it a shot tonight and see how I feel tomorrow. I believe in starting out slow :)