Abs are made in the kitchen but are sculpted in the gym! It’s true that nutrition is very important when trying to construct a 6-pack but so is exercising. No, this doesn’t mean that you should simply eat some fruit and do a couple of crunches. Ab construction requires a lot of commitment and hard work as they are one of the hardest muscles to tone. Or at least this is what I’ve found out over the past few years.
I’m currently trying to tone my lower abs after a long battle with my pooch that I’ve noticed I’ve had for half my life. Although I know that exercising is not just about aesthetics, I personally love the look of strong, sculpted abs. That’s why I created the workouts, ‘Crop Top Abs’ and ‘Crop Top Abs’ 2, two of my most popular posts ever!
Although I loved those two workouts, I’ve learned over the years that sculpting abs requires more than just a few mat-based exercises. This is why my new workout has been more effective as I have incorporated HIIT training into my routine. This addition of HIIT to my ab training has led me to burn lower belly fat quicker and I’ve started seeing results I’ve never witnessed before! The pooch is disappearing guys, the pooch is disappearing!
I do this circuit on my non-ab gym days e.g. after my leg routines. I therefore do this workout 3 times a week. This workout consists of 10-15 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill followed by a mat tri-set consisting of three exercises back-to-back with no rests in-between but a 30 second rest after one set is complete.
So if you would like to know all about this workout, please continue reading!
*Note- barbell- 5kg
(see demos below)
LEG DROP WITH REVERSE CRUNCH
- Lay on your back on a mat and hold your barbell up over your chest. (The barbell is to keep balance and make the leg drops easier).
- Lift your legs up straight in the air then drop with legs as straight as possible without touching the floor then lift them back up into a reverse crunch.
- The reverse crunch is done by lifting just your bum in the air.
- Repeat for 12 reps.
2. CRUNCH WITH LEGS RAISED
- Start laying on your mat with your legs up as straight as possible and holding your barbell.
- Crunch up and try to make the barbell reach as close to your feet as possible.
- Come down then repeat for 12 reps.
3. SIDE-TO-SIDES (not sure if this is the original name haha)
- Lie on your mat with your feet on the mat as well.
- Put your hands by your sides.
- Crunch up and whilst you’re up, move your upper body from side to side
- Repeat for 12 reps.
I hope you give this workout a try! Remember, I do this after exercising other body part such as legs or arms. Watch out posts on my full ab day routines!
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