I had a little wine party at my house last night–cheese, grapes, wine, girls, giggles–you get the idea. I was up until midnight, and so I am doing a throwback. This is a great circuit for abs!!
I think there are three things at play when it comes to getting a great stomach. First, your diet, and I think the absolute worst thing you can do is overeat. Since I’ve had my children, if I overeat…my belly button pops out…awesome, right? So, that’s rule number one…along with cutting down on sodium, carbonated beverages, etc which can make you retain fluid.
Secondly, I hate to tell you…but I think genetics play a pretty big role. I’m not saying it’s impossible, by any stretch, just saying it’s easier for some. Just like some people have blue eyes, some people are born with flatter stomachs. I’ve thrown in a pic of my 5 year old, whom we do not make do 250 sit ups a day, we’re not the Royal Tenebaums, (don’t always love indy films but if you’ve never seen this…you gotta watch it!!) Anyway, he just looks like that. As for me, I think my embryo must’ve been playing on the monkey bars when beautiful skin was being passed out. I swear I feel like my grandkid’s friends are gonna be like, “Dude, what’s up with your Nana?” They’ll be like, “Man…she’s doing botox AND accutane. She’s depressed as hell but can’t cry because her face is frozen.” I’m not kidding…wrinkles AND cystic acne is total BS. And, I have a skin care arsenal that would make Cindy Crawford jealous…my skin is still a work in progress!! But I digress…
Lastly, there are lots of exercises that will help you achieve a good stomach, but I think doing core work, where your tummy is constantly working to keep your body balanced and performing certain moves is the key.
So today, this workout is burning calories AND sculpting your tummy. Your abs should be sore the next day. Each move is core centered…always working. I’ve included a video to show you three of the movements. Go through this circuit 3 times (with very little rest), doing each exercise as noted below (generally 20 times each move). My AWESOME trainer, Becky Gerhart is doing the last exercise in the video. If you’re local, she can hurt you…in a good way. She’s doing the last movement because this is one of those moves she shows me–all easy like she looks in the video. Then I get down to do it and look about as comfortable as my dad at a Lil’Wayne concert.
Ab Circuit-20 each move (1st video)
30 sec bicycle abs with gliders (2nd video)
Single leg squat with suspension straps (picture of move with suspension straps)
Lunges with glider (lunge with your foot on the glider into a deep runner’s lunge, then pull the leg back to standing position, repeat) 20 each leg
Becky Abs- 12 each side (3rd video)
REPEAT THIS CIRCUIT 3 TIMES
(btw, there was apparently a hardcore “sit and get fit” class going on in the background with Walter Matthau and Betty White)
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