Your sense of urgency to get rid of your gut and rock a hardcore…well, core…grows by the day. It’s time to rock it with an ab workout that actually boosts your body strength, enhances your posture, and improves your confidence. For anyone who is tired of feeling bad about his/her mid-section, this workout is for you.
The Elbow Plank
Since this workout is designed to be only ten minutes, you’re going to have to develop a high intensity interval training mindset. If you haven’t worked out like this before, be warned: it’s intense, but it’s designed to be results-oriented. Go at this workout intensively, and you’ll see seriously powerful results (as in, a core that kills!)
Make sure that your elbows are down on the ground, your forearms are level and your back is straight. Spend 45 seconds with these planks, rest for ten seconds and then move on to the next exercise.
Start off in a push-up position, making sure that your arms are straight. Place one of your legs off of the ground and then move it near your chest. Then, pop it back to its starting position and do the same with the other foot. Alternative this exercise with each leg, for a duration of about 30-45 seconds. Rest for 15 seconds.
Start by getting down on all fours, and then push yourself up so that you’re in the starting push-up position (legs straight in front of you, palms flat on the ground, back straight, not curved.) Make sure that your feet are shoulder width apart, and most importantly, make sure that your body makes a straight shape (be careful not to curve your back). Now, lift your left leg up, as well as your right arm (the ‘superman’ pose). Hold it for as long as you can, place your leg and arm back down to its starting position and repeat on the other side. Continue this exercise for one minute.
Start off in the lying down position (this should feel pretty good after going through superman planks) and place your legs and arms flat on the floor. Lift your legs up so they are straight up, and place your arms flat on the ground, alongside you. Bring your legs slowly down to the right side of your body, and then rotate by moving over to the left side of your body, bringing your legs down just as you did with your left. Continue this exercise for 45 seconds.
This workout isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is for anyone who wants to see results, quickly! When you incorporate this workout into your week, you’ll feel the burn, but you’re also reap what you sow (which is compliments from admirers, left and right!)