the whittle-your-waist ab workout
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Hey everyone! Let’s be honest, a lot of people are dying to have flat abs. Especially now, at the starting line of the summer!
What some people don’t realize is that crunch after crunch after crunch doesn’t necessarily equate to a six-pack.
Um, unless you’re Britney Spears circa 2001 in her “I’m a Slave for You” days–I heard she rocked at least 500 crunches a day.
But we can’t all be the old-school Britney we’d love to be. So in order to really tighten up those abs, you gotta work the core. But you know what else you have to think about? The area that often is forgotten…
The inner and outer obliques form somewhat of a corset around your torso, so strengthening them will undoubtedly pull your abs in, making a slimmer silhouette.
I’ve put together some of my favorite moves that target the obliques for a quick waist-whipping workout. Enjoy!
Begin in a regular plank position–on your elbows, body in a straight line, up on your toes. Hold for 30 seconds, then start tapping your hips onto the floor, switching sides. Keep switching for an additional 30+ seconds.
Set up into a side plank position, on your elbow, hips stacked, feet stacked or staggered. Hold the side plank position for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, lift your hips up a little bit higher for 20+ reps. CHALLENGE OPTION: Add a weight of some sort onto your hips. I like to lay my ankle weight on my hip for a little extra oomph.
Place the weight off to the side and lay down on your side. Position arms as in the photo and contract your abs to lift all your body off the floor, balancing only on your hips. Lift for 10+ reps.
Come up to standing. Grab a heavier weight, perhaps around 10 pounds or heavier, and hold it in one hand. Soften your knees and bend down to the side that is holding the weight. Contracting from your obliques, pull your torso up to bend over to the other side. Do 10+ reps and repeat on the other side.
If you have a foam roller, this move works your abs while rolling out your shins. If you don’t have a foam roller, you can place your feet on a towel or anything that will allow your feet to slide across the floor. ** This is an advanced move, hence why it’s the BONUS ROUND! **
Begin in a high plank, legs on foam roller (placed slightly under the knees). Holding upper body completely still, shift legs over to one side and roll your legs, bending your knees into your chest. Slowly roll back out to plank. Complete 10+ reps, then repeat on other side.
What’s your favorite way to work the obliques?