Toning Moves to Flatten Your Tummy – The Workout Girl

Toning Moves to Flatten Your Tummy

If there’s one Summer goal to have, it’s to go cover-up free at the beach with confidence.  To get there, it seems to me like you really only have 2 options:  Option 1 – Use the Ab-Hancer. (Click here to see what I’m talking about.)  Or Option 2 – Tackle this workout to tone your abs for real.  While Option 1 is tempting,  remember that results are temporary. :)  Option 2 may require more effort, but it can have long-lasting results.  Remember: no pain –> no gain.

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! (…and a workout buddy)

Circuit 1 – Do 3x Through

A) The “Reach Out & Touch Someone”  – Begin by laying on your back with your arms resting at your sides and your legs lying flat in front of you.   Bend your right knee to rest your right foot on the floor, and then raise your right arm up towards the ceiling.  With control, raise your torso off of the ground until you feel your abs are engaged.  With control, slowly lower your torso back to the ground.  Repeat for 20 crunches.

B) The “Dynamic Duo” – Begin by lying on your back on your mat with your legs flat on the ground.  Reach your arms behind your head and grab onto the ankles of your workout buddy.  Keeping your legs together, lift your legs up towards your workout buddy.  Your workout buddy should gently push both of your legs down and to the left.  Don’t let your legs touch the ground, and lift your legs back up towards your workout buddy.  Your workout buddy should gently push both of your legs down and to the right.  Again, don’t let your legs touch the ground, and lift your legs back up towards your workout buddy. Repeat 12x each side, alternating sides.

C) The “Position of Pain” –  Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides.  With control, simultaneously lift your legs and torso slightly off of the ground until your abs are engaged.  Holding this position, pump your arms up and down 100x,

circuit 1


Circuit 2 – Do 3x Through

D)  The “Elevator” – Begin by lying on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides.  Keeping your legs together, lift your legs up towards the ceiling.  With control, slowly lower your legs to just above the ground.  Repeat 15x.

E)  The “Flattened Workout Girl” – Begin in a position as if you are going to do a push up.  Bend your elbows to lower onto your forearms.  Hold this position for 60 seconds.

F) The “Grab ‘N Go” –  Begin by laying on your back on your mat with your arms resting at your sides.  Simultaneously bring your left knee in towards your chest and lift your torso to grab your left knee with both hands.  With control, lower your torso and left leg back to the ground.  Then, simultaneously bring your right knee in towards your chest and lift your torso to grab your right knee with both hands.  Repeat 15x each side, alternating sides.

circuit 2


Circuit 3 – Do 2x Through

G) The “Balancing Act” –  Begin on all fours on your mat.  Simultaneously lift your left leg out behind you and your right arm out in front of you.  Return to starting position.  Then, simultaneously lift your right leg out behind you and your left arm out in front of you.  Return to starting position.  Repeat 12x each side, alternating sides.

H) The “Basic Sit Up” – Begin by laying on your mat with your arms resting at your sides.  Lift your torso and try to touch your toes.  With control, slowly lower your torso back to the ground.  Repeat 20x.

I) The “Dizzy Doozy” – Begin by laying on your back on your mat.  Bend your knees slightly and lift your feet off of the ground.  Cross your arms behind your head.  With control, lift your torso and touch your right elbow to your left knee.  Then, twist your torso to touch your left elbow to your right knee. Repeat 15x each side, alternating sides.

circuit 3


Fitness Tip of the Day

No time for a workout? Click here for my top 3 toning moves to do on the go.  Click here to read more stories on Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun.

 

xoxo,

Workout Girl

 

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