Workout Wednesday: Some Motivation and Abs

I know I’ve been lagging on the Workout Wednesday’s but here I am with a little motivation and some traditional ab workouts, even though they may be old news to most of you, they are still beneficial.

A few weekends ago we went out for a friend’s birthday and I saw a bunch of people I haven’t seen in a few years. One of them, a guy, came up to me and said, Wow! You really lost weight. I’ll stop right there. 

Being a girl, what do you think was my first reaction?

These thoughts were brought to his attention when my very outspoken friend, who I love dearly, put him in his place and said, Are you saying she was fat before? It wasn’t what he was trying to say but she loves calling people out. It was all in good fun.

Here is my advice to you. Take everything as a compliment. If someone notices you’ve changed it means you’re doing something right and making progress. Focus on the now. Don’t worry about what people may have thought about you or your appearance in the past, it’s all about the present and the future. As long as your are changing your body in a healthy way and for no one but yourself, that’s all that matters.

Keep up the good work.

On a side note: Guys, be careful telling girls they lost weight, maybe try Hey girl, you’re looking good.

With that said here are some ab workouts.

Mason Twist- Sit on your booty with your legs together and slightly bent. Claps your hands together in front of you. Keeping your back straight, lift your feet off the floor and twist your torso left to right, touching your hands to the floor each time you twist. Do about 25 twists to each side. Make it harder: Hold a medicine ball or pedal your legs as if riding a bicycle.

Elevated Planks- Start in a push- up position. Keep your booty down! Bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms. Place your feet on an exercise ball. Using your core, keep your body stabilized and straight holding for 30 seconds. Make it harder: keeping your feet on the ball pull your knees into your chest. Then straighten your legs back into the starting position while keeping your form straight.

Bicycles- Nothing new, but for some reason a lot of magazines are claiming these to be the most effective ab workout, so why not add them to the list! Just in case you don’t know how to do them… lay on your back, placing your finger tips behind your ears and elbows out.  Lift your shoulder blades off the floor without pulling from your neck and bring your knees to your chest. Bring the right elbow your left knee while you extend the right leg. Then switch to the other side, left elbow to right knee. Keep your shoulder blades off the ground. Try doing 3 sets of 25.

Arm pull-over straight-leg crunches- They need to come up with a better name for these. Holding 10 to 12 lb dumbbells in your hands lay on your back with your arms straight behind you, arms almost parallel to your ears. With your legs straight and together, hover them off the ground. Then bring your arms up over your chest lifting your shoulder blades off the ground and bringing your feet towards the ceiling. Almost like touching your weights to your toes. Then go back to the starting position keeping your legs straight and off the floor. Try 3 reps of 15.

Although this post is all about abs, it is important to remember that when focusing on your ab muscles to incorporate reverse hyper extension workouts. If have strong abs but a weak back, it can lead to injury.

Supermans- Here’s a reverse hyper extension exercise that still works the abs. Lay on your stomach with your legs straight and arms straight out in front of you. At the same time, lift your arms and legs several inches off the floor while squeezing your butt, back, and abs. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and repeat. Try 3 sets of 12. Change it up: try lifting the right arm and left leg at the same time, then switch to the opposite arm and leg.

I hope these can be beneficial to you, happy hump day!

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