Doing Ab workouts used to be my least favorite. I actually avoided abs for a long time. It always felt so tedious and I wondered why I wasn’t seeing any results from doing 200 reps of crunches. And the reason why was just that: I was just doing crunches. Decline crunches. Normal Crunches. Crunches to the left. Crunches to the right. BORING. I finally figured out you have to utilize different exercises and engage different muscles if you want to have a strong core. PS, you DO NOT have to do abs more than once a week if you are ENGAGING and tightening your abs during your weight lifting workouts. If you were to punch me in the stomach while I am performing a Lat pull-down, strict press, lateral raise, deadlift—you name it, A. you would probably get punched back, but B. you would feel that my core muscles are 100% engaged (WHATS IT LIKE PUNCHING ROCKS ?! 😛 ) This is where the majority of my ab work comes from–and it not only gives you a solid core, but it helps your form while weight lifting as well! Make a conscious effort next time you pick up weights to engage the core!
One of my favorite circuits for a toned tummy! I do this routine once a week 🙂
- Ab roller- use your abs to roll in and out. Stay tight and connected. 15 reps
- Crunches on exercise ball – 30 reps
- Tucks on exercise ball. Put your toes on the ball roll out to a plank position–keep abs tight no saggy backs!! Using your abdominals roll the ball back into your tuck position. 15 reps
- Toe touches – 30 reps
- Oblique crunches on exercise ball. For stabilization I put my feet on the wall where it meets the carpet. Or you can have your gym partner hold your legs. 30 reps each side.