How To Get Fabulous Abs – The Workout Girl

How To Get Fabulous Abs

I often get asked by women how they can get sleek, toned abs for Summer.  Here are my top 3 keys to success: (1) Be consistent.  You can’t expect to have killer abs if you only exercise your abs once in a while.  Get into a routine to regularly work out your abs a few times each week. (2) Add variety.  If you never work your lower abs, you won’t see definition there. It’s that simple.  Include workouts that target various areas.  (3) Watch your diet.  This one seems like a no-brainer, but is probably the hardest rule to stick to.  You can work out all day, every day…but if you’re not eating healthy, all of that hard work will be hidden.  There is no better day than today to begin new, healthy habits.  You can kick start your healthy goals with this killer ab workout that targets your obliques, your lower abs, and everywhere in between.  You CAN do it!

Know Before You Go 

Do a 10-minute warm up before your workout.  Walk or jog around your block or in place in your living room, or dance around to 3 of your favorite songs.  If you have access to a treadmill, walk at a slow speed (I recommend 3.5 mph) and at a high incline (8.5-9.0).  Drink water between each circuit to stay hydrated, and stretch for 10 minutes after the workout. It’s OK if this workout is challenging for you… if you keep this up just 2x per week, in a month or so this will likely be easy peazy.

Equipment:

-Nada! Just you!

Circuit 1 – Do 3x Through

A) The “Dizzy Legs” – Begin by laying on your mat with your hands resting under your butt.  Lift your legs to a 45 degree angle above the floor.  Then, trace 15 small circles in mid-air with both feet.

B) Repeat the “Dizzy Legs,” except trace 15 large circles in mid-air instead of small circles.

C) The “Fold It Up” –  Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your arms stretched out behind your head.  Simultaneously lift your arms and legs towards the ceiling.  Try to touch your toes with your legs suspended in mid-air.  With control, slowly lower down to starting position.  Repeat 12x.

circuit 1


Circuit 2 – Do 3x Through

D)  The “Starting Line” – Begin in a position as if you are going to do a push up.  Holding this position, bend your left knee and bring it up into your chest.  Return to starting position.  Then, bend your right knee and bring it up into your chest.  Return to starting position.  Repeat as fast as you can nonstop for 30 seconds.

E)  The “Bunny Hop” – Begin in a position as if you are going to do a push up.  Keeping your feet together, jump both of your feet to the right, to the center, to the left, and then back to center.  Repeat as fast as you can nonstop for 30 seconds.

F) The “Balance Buster” –  Begin in a position as if you are going to do a push up.  Simultaneously raise your left arm and your right leg.  Hold this position for 2 seconds.  Return to starting position.  Then, lift your right arm and your left leg.  Hold for 2 seconds.  Repeat 12x each side, alternating sides.

circuit 2


Circuit 3 – Do 2x Through

G) The “Cyclist” –  Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your knees bent and your feet on the floor.  Cross your arms behind your head.  Lift your feet off the ground so your knees are in towards your chest.  Extend your right leg out of in front of you.  Then, twist your torso to touch your right elbow to your left knee.  Bend your right leg to return your knee in towards your chest.  Then, extend your left let out in front of you.  Twist your torso to touch your left elbow to your right knee.  Repeat 20x each side, alternating sides.

H) The “Bowled Over” – Lay on your back with your arms resting at your sides.  Keeping your legs together, lift both legs off of the ground until they are at a 45 degree angle to the floor.  Then, raise both arms in the air so that they are parallel to your legs.  Hold this position for 30 seconds.

I) The “Bees’ Knees” – Lay on your back with your arms resting at your sides.  Keeping your legs together, lift both legs off of the ground until they are at a 45 degree angle to the floor.  Then, bend your left knee to bring your knee in towards your chest.  Lift your torso off the ground, and grab your left knee.  With control, lower your torso back to the ground and unbend your left knee so it is in line with your right leg.  Next, bend your right knee to bring your knee in towards your chest.  Lift your torso off the ground, and grab  your right knee.  With control, lower your torso back to the ground and unbend your right knee so it is in line with your left leg.  Repeat 12x each knee, alternating legs.

circuit 3


Fitness Tip of the Day

Tired of listening to the same songs on your workout playlist? Click here for some ah-mazing Summer jams to refresh your playlist.  Click here to read more stories on Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun.

 

xoxo,

Workout Girl

 

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