Here are some great exercises that will help you engage your entire core (not just the ones you can see in the mirror).
It's never too late to sculpt the mid-section you've always dreamed of (or envied while browsing through "fitspiration" pics on Instagram). Everyone, and I mean everyone, wants the secret to a sexy and slim core.
OMG it's currently seven degrees up there,' 'I can't wait to have my own bathroom again,' and 'I seriously hate packing' are just a taste of my thoughts this morning. Luckily, I was able to take a break from it all yesterday to find this awesome ab workout from SHAPE Magazine - yes, I like to take a break and workout, too.
So while you cover up this fall, what better time to work on that six pack that's been "under construction" for most of June, July and August?
The one area of your body you can never work to much is your core. It helps with posture, stabilization, endurance, and overall bodily strength.
Eating right and exercising daily is what's really going to get you the "bikini body" you want. One of the body parts that's most exposed in a bikini is your stomach, so I decided to focus on ab exercises this week. This video promises "sexy yoga abs." It's a bit cheesy, but take a look at that lady's stomach! I want what she has.
Most people think of their obliques as the "side" abdominal muscles, on either side of the "six pack" (actually called the rectus abdominis). That's sort of true – your obliques are visible on either side of the rectus abdominis. But they're actually a deeper layer of muscle – two layers, in fact – situated underneath the rectus abdominis. And those two layers of muscle wrap around your waist, kind of like a corset.
I have a million favorite moves, but the ULTIMATE ab move has to be the "teaser" or "V-sit". I feel like you can graduate from 6-pack university if you can successfully complete this move. I mean, after all that
partying studying this weekend, there's really nothing better to do!
Just because bikini season is over doesn’t mean you can’t have fantastic abs. And luckily for us college ladies, there are lots of ab exercises that can be done in a small space. For these moves, it will be a good idea to use a yoga mat if you have one, or place a towel or blanket on the floor to give your back a little extra padding.
One of the biggest misconceptions about getting fab abs is that you need to do 100,000 crunches a day. Although that is definitely a mid section burner, it's not the most effective way to go. There are several muscles in our core, including the rectus abdominus (hello, 6-pack), transverse abdominus (deepest side muscle), as well as the internal and external obliques (love handle central). That's why planks are known to be one of the best core stabilizing moves because it incorporates all of these muscles.
You might be feeling a little sluggish from the weekend. Perhaps it was the Memorial Day barbecue? Post-finals food coma? Graduation hangover? No matter the cause, I have a an easy fix for that food baby of yours. These great ab exercises will target your lower abs, aka that stubborn stomach pooch that often gets ignored with standard crunches/ab workouts.
Though it doesn't really seem like it (since my feet are still frozen from my walk home from class....3 hours ago), summer is slowly creeping up on us. And with it, itsy bitsy, teeny weeny bikinis.
Although it's not swimsuit season anymore (moment of silence.....), you don't have to give up on those 6-pack dreams. Sure, your thick-knit sweaters will be keeping 90% of your body covered up for the next 6 months, but by keeping up your workout routine now, you'll eliminate that bathing-suit-shopping-dressing-room-meltdown later