Hello! I hope your Thursday is going well. I have a quick ab circuit to share with you today!
Quick Ab Circuit
While I think fitness should be a year-round pursuit we are all more hyper aware of how are bodies appear as the weather begins to warm and talk of going to the beach begins to pop up. This routine is great if you want to add it at the end of doing cardio or a strength workout. It also can be completed if you have a few minutes available and want to do a little something extra. There’s no equipment necessary so it can be done at home, in a hotel or in a gym setting. I usually try to work my abs 3-4 times a week. You want to be challenging yourself enough that you are a little sore the next day.
The ab movements below include a standard crunch, supine toe reach, supine leg raise, a Russian twist and a sprinter sit up. I recommend completing 2-3 sets of 15 reps each. Images and descriptions are below for each exercise. I will confess that I had taken videos of all of the below exercises, but had a number of issues getting them uploaded them afternoon. So I hope the descriptions make sense. I am sensing this means I have to start a You Tube Channel to host the videos and the idea of more social media is a tad overwhelming to me right now.
Standard Crunch. Basic sit up that everyone did in gym class a million years ago. Your arms are cradling your head for support but not pulling your neck out of alignment. Draw your belly button into your spine and exhale on the lift up and inhale on the way back down.
Supine Toe Reach. You will want to alternate each side climbing up your leg as far as you can reach. One you have gone as far as possible draw your hands back behind your head and return to your original position.
Supine Leg Raise. Hover your legs and extend your body. Your hands can be lightly tucked under the seat of your hips if need be. Raise your legs as far back as possible with keeping them straight.
Russian Twist. Start in a bent position with your knees drawn up closer to your chest as pictured below. Behind your arms and lightly clasp your hands together. Twist to the right side and contract once you cannot go further. Return to the original position and then twist to the left.
Sprinter Sit Up. Begin lying on the floor and bring opposite hand to opposite leg in like the picture below. Once you stick this position you will return to lying on the floor and complete on the opposite side.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments if you decide to give the circuit a try!