Who likes feeling and looking sexy? I really can’t think of anyone that would honestly say they would purposely go out of their way to NOT do either. It’s not only a confidence booster, but it’s also a great way to stay youthful. One thing that everyone talks about and wishes for, especially during swim-suit season, is having that sexy, sculpted core. You can invest in various operations, procedures, etc. to help stay on sexy street, but unfortunately there is no surgical way to give you a washboard stomach. That is where an investment of your own time and hard work is the only solution to make the “flab turn to fab” for a new or better you. But no worries! It’s not just boring sit-ups and crunches that are the secret to success; here are 10 ways to add into your routine that will ABSolutely get you results!
Cable Woodchopper: Your start position is with your feet in a wide-stance perpendicular to the cables, both hands gripping the handle that’s on the highest setting to your reach, and simply pull the cable using your core to the bottom of your opposite foot closest to the cables.
Cable Crunches: You can either sit on a stability ball, stand, or kneel using a rope to pull and bend forward, or also side-to-side working your obliques.
Weighted Side-Bends: Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart holding a weight in one hand and bending your side that is weighted. A good way to prevent you from twisting is keeping your opposite hand on the midline of your opposite thigh.
Leg-Lifts/Raises: These can be done either lying down or vertically hanging with your hands gripping handles for stability or your arms supported on arm rests while you lift your legs to 90-degrees. Advanced exercisers can opt to use a medicine ball to add some weight for a bigger challenge.
EZ Bar Side Leg-Lifts: Holding an EZ bar that is un-weighted or weighted with your arms fully extended directly over your chest, keep your legs together and straight, lifting them up to one side, down to the center (not touching the ground), then lifting them back up to the opposite side, making the letter “V” with your legs.
BOSU-Ball Mountain Climbers: Gripping the BOSU ball on each end, position yourself in a push-up position with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Bring one knee up to your chest while tilting the ball to the opposite side.
Barbell Rollout: Place the barbell on the floor with circular weights. Hold the barbell with a shoulder-width overhand grip and position your knees near the barbell. Keep your back arched and your thighs straight. Roll the barbell out in front of you allowing your upper body to extend then stop when your back is straightened out and hold for one second before returning to start position.
Dumbbell Twist: (aka Russian twists) Sit with your feet flat and your knees bent grasping a dumbbell or other weight (medicine ball, etc). With both hands, lean back slightly while twisting your torso to each side. Advanced exercisers can slightly lift their feet off the ground or even opt to use a decline bench.
Kettle Figure Eight: Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, keep your back straight while leaning forward with knees slightly bent. Hold a kettle bell with a neutral grip in front of your shins and pass the kettle bell to the other hand between your legs. The other hand is catching the kettle bell from behind then loops around to the other leg creating a “figure eight.”
Medicine Ball Hip Raise: Lie down with feet flat on the floor with your knees bent and position the medicine ball between your feet. Your hands should be resting at your sides to stabilize your position. Raise your hips and stop when your lower back is all the way off the floor.
Now wipe that sweat off your brow and exhale with relief from a little extra knowledge and effort in taking on a new challenge. Talk is not cheap here folks; this is valuable information to stick in your tip jar that can help you get that sexy six-pack. You can always add to these ideas or to your current routine as there are countless ways to achieve your fitness goals. These will not only strengthen your abs, but your entire core to include your back and obliques that will not only improve your workouts, but more importantly your posture and health!
Author: Heather Prescott Heather Prescott was born in Los Angeles on May 18, 1978 where she grew up until age 30 when she joined the Air Force. She won ‘Most Physically Fit Female’ in Basic Military Training (BMT) and was also recognized as one of the most fit-females in her squadron at her assigned duty station. Her professional experience includes American Council on Exercise (ACE) certifications as both a Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist; is an all-natural, Nationally-Qualified Figure athlete with the NPC/OCB/NANBF/ABFF organizations with 11 competitions under her belt nation-wide consistently placing in the top 3. Heather has also written 2 books, “On-Season Off-Season;” a cookbook designed for individuals transitioning from poor eating habits to learning and understanding how to take clean-eating one-step at a time; each recipe 500 calories or less! Her second book, “Highway To Health,” is a book that breaks down the fitness industry’s most commonly misunderstood FAQ’s that discusses strength training, bodily function and regulation, clean-eating, nutrition, weight-loss, building muscle, even competition prep to name a few. To learn more about Heather, visit her website at: heatherprescottfitness.com where you can also connect with her via social media!