Sick of sit-ups, and too pooped to even think about planks? That doesn’t mean you have to settle for the muffin top. You can actually get in a great workout for your abs without sweating it out on the mat. Whittle that extra wattle away without hitting the floor. You get to do these ab blasting exercises on your feet.
You’ve probably done this one on your back, but did you know it also works great on your feet? Here’s what you do: Stand with your feet together and knees slightly bent. Place both hands flat on the back of your head. Pull your abs in tight, and lift your left knee up as right shoulder rotates as close to the knee as you can get it. Lower back to start. Do 20 reps, and then repeat on opposite side.
Dumbbell side bend
Pick up two dumbbells, and hold with your hands at your sides. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Side bend to the right, as if trying to place the dumbbell beside your foot. Straighten to start. Do 10 reps and then repeat on the opposite side.
High front kick
Stand with your spine straight and feet together. Hold your arms straight in front of your body at chest-height. Pull your abs in tight, and kick up your right leg until your toes touch the tips of your fingers. Don’t worry if you can’t reach, just get as close as you can without bending your hips. Lower your leg with control, then repeat on the opposite side. Continue for 10 reps.
Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Extend a dumbbell straight out in front of your chest with both hands. Move your torso slightly, and slowly begin to rotate your arms to the right as far as you can. Hold for a second. Then complete the motion in the opposite direction. Continue for 10 reps.
Warrior pose with crunch
Pick up a dumbbell with two hands, and stand with feet together. Extend arms, and slowly lean forward at the waist, lifting your left leg so it and your upper body are parallel to the floor. Your arms should be by your ears.
Next, bend your elbows so that the weight is moving toward your chest. At the same time, bring your left knee toward your chest so that your elbows and knee come to meet. Return to start. Continue for 10 reps, and then repeat on the opposite side.
Add some serious cardio to this routine just a few times a week, and you can kiss that muffin top goodbye.