BRING ON THE ABS!

Whether you play sports, taking a gym class, or like to work out, having strong abs is super important for a healthy lifestyle. Plus freshman 15….NO THANK YOU! A lot of y’all have asked us what types of things we like to do when we work out. So, today we’re going to share our 5 favorite ab workouts step-by-step!

ELBOW TO KNEE CROSS

These definitely give us 80’s workout video vibes! However, they’re super fun and are a great way to work out your abs.

  1. Lay flat on your back, and place your arms behind your head.
  2. Bend your knees and bring them up so that they form a 90-degree angle. (TIP: Try to make sure that your calves are parallel to the floor.)
  3. Twist your upper body and touch your right elbow to your left knee. At the same time extend your left leg further than your right leg.
  4. Hold for a few seconds, and bring your legs and arms to the starting position.
  5. Repeat on the opposite side.

 

DOUBLE LEG LIFTS

FITNESS TIP! It’s super important that you work out both your upper and lower abs. Sometimes it’s easy just to focus on one. Leg lifts are one of our favs because they’re a great way to work out your lower abs.

  1. Lay down on your back, and place your palms down on the floor.
  2. Place your legs down together.
  3. Tighten your abs, and left your legs up.
  4. Hold, and then slowly bring your legs down.

 

PLANKS

Trust us when we say you’ll definitely feel the burn on these. These are great to do especially if you play sports. TIP: Use a timer to set how long you want to do each set of planks. We recommend increments of 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 2 minutes.

  1. Start on the floor on your hands and knees.
  2. Place your elbows shoulder-width apart.
  3. Make sure your arms form a 90-degree angle.
  4. Step your feet back. The goal is to make a straight line from head to toe.
  5. Tighten your abs and hold.

 

V-UPS

Now, these might take a few times of practice to get down, but practice makes perfect! These are a great exercise to work out your upper and lower abs.

  1.  Lie on your back, and reach your arms behind your head.
  2. Put your feet together and point toes.
  3. Reach for your toes with your hands. (TIP: Should look like the letter “V”.)
  4. Slowly lower yourself down to where you started.

 

CRUNCHES

Who remembers crunches from gym class? These are an easy way to strengthen your core. Plus they’re fun to do with a friend.

  1. Lie on your back, and bend your knees. TIP: Place your arms behind your head or across your chest.
  2. Tighten your abs and curl forward.
  3. Hold for a little bit, then slowly back down.