Sep. 10

Best Abs Routine-Part I

Category > Fitness

One of the most important things to remember is that doing 1000 crunches a day won’t give you abs or get rid of belly fat. There is a phrase I often hear and it’s that “Abs are made in the kitchen”…this is true for the most part, however it is also hugely important to incorporate cardio and ab exercises to really make them defined once you’re in the final toning stages.

Even if you aren’t seeking abs, these will build a strong core which is important for keeping your body healthy and protecting your spine. When I do this, I do one of two challenges: I either set my gymboss interval timer to 1:00 min intervals with a 0:15 sec break and try to complete as many reps as I can within that time challenge, then I try to repeat the whole routine twice. Or, on the days when I have more time, I do as many as I can until my body gives out. In addition, always stay focused and don’t worry about what you look like or who is watching. Concentrate on your core and really feel the muscles with each contraction. Also, don’t forget to breath – I find that when I really start feeling it, I have caught myself holding my breath :) Without further ado, let’s get into Part I of my favourite abs exercises:

….oh wait, before I get started – one last thing…RESULTS ARE HIDDEN IN THE BURN. So, if you’re doing an abs routine and stop as soon as you start “feeling it” – kiss your workout goodbye. You must muster through the pain – that’s where the results are hiding. If it were easy, everyone would have them (sorry for the tough love):

1. Ab crunch on a ball:

 

2. Abdominal reverse curl:
I use a heavy dumbbell placed behind my head to hold on to. Alternatively you can use any stable support to hold on to.

 

3. Weighted crunch:
I use a 3 or 5 lb dumbbell

 

4. Bicycle Kick:
Do 10 slow kicks, followed by 10 fast kicks to really feel the burn

 

5. Cross over toe touch:

 

6. Jackknife:

 

7. Oblique v-up:

 

8. Weighted Russian twist:
Be sure to pause when you come centre to ensure that you’re not using momentum to get you over.

 

9. Side bridge:

 

10. Ball rollout:

 

11. Oblique v-up with ball:

 

12. Plank:
This one used to be a hated exercise by yours truly, turned into one of my favourites. If you can’t hold it for long, DO NOT get discouraged. Try to hold it 2 seconds longer each day.

 

Keep me posted on how you did and look out for Part II…a strong core isn’t just about ab exercises ;)

xxxo

19 comments
Ferris Bueller
Ferris Bueller

Interesting ab excersizes.  I usually do these, plus incorporate a gizmodo derived move that involves a backtwist to the right, then add a soufle upwards and then at end of the last downward stroke shuffle thirty four steps to the diagonal right.

Chloe Elizabeth
Chloe Elizabeth

Hey hun, keep meaning to ask you what sports bras (brand) you tend to go for? The ones I have by Marika are extremely comfortable but after washing the pads always fall out/out of place and its become a bit annoying having to put them back in every time! :( 

shannonmariedesigns
shannonmariedesigns

Ha ha. I just posted a comment and realized I typed "you're" instead of "your." My toddler was distracting me. Still trying to get my abs back to how they looked before I had her and my son.

shannonmariedesigns
shannonmariedesigns

Hi. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this workout (mentioned it both on Twitter and the TIU Community). The addition of the balance ball really brings it to another level. Can't wait for Part II. You're abs are amazing, BTW.

TBill
TBill

This is completely off topic, but I love your makeup in all of your posts! I have similar coloring and would love to know what brands/colors you recommend!

Lyndsay83
Lyndsay83

Hi Maja, love this new and challenging routine. I am going to try this tonight. I made the healthy lasagna last night and it was a huge hit. Looking forward to more healthy recipes and lunc ideas. I love your polished makeup in the above pics. Hope you can share you tips and tricks as well. Have a nice evening!

Jen
Jen

Love your blog! I love the pictures to show exactly how to do each workout too! What kind of yoga mat would recommend?  I see you use one for this exercise and I also want to start getting into yoga but I am not sure which brand of mat to get.  I hear the some came be slippery and there are some better then others.  What would you recommend?

Carina K
Carina K

Great post! Now to get myself to our gym....Just started reading the Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner (a Canuck too!) who writes about a combo low glycemic and mediterranean diet - I think your readers would appreciate it! NYFW wishes you were here too! I finally got myself to the  clover necklace vendor in SOHO yesterday (SE corner of Broadway & Spring for those who are interested)...it's funny how I never bother to look at vendors since I pass them everyday!

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

LOL - sounds interesting JOSH! I'll have to try that one

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

@TBill - thanks! It has been a very common request, so I can doing a mini series on beauty over the next few weeks :)

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

@Lyndsay83 Thank you SO much for the feedback! Xoxo

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Thanks so much Jen!!!! Love the feedback. 

The one that I use is a Reebok one. I like it because it's rubbery and doesn't budge. Feel the material before you buy it and get something that has that rubbery feel as opposed to something that is cushioned and only aesthetically "cute". I think Nike, Under Armour and Lululemon have great ones as well. 

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Carina K Thanks for the recommend - Maybe I'll check it out as my next read.  In terms of the workout, I would strongly suggest buying an exercise ball for your home. I bought one ( approx $15) and you can do them at home. Every little bit counts. There are so many amazing ab exercises that you can do with the ball.

 

I'm super excited to hear that you found the necklace. I loved those street vendors a little bit too much. If I didn't have the people I was with pulling me away from them, I'd have bought a lot more lol. There are some amazing hidden gems with some of them. Hope you're enjoying all the amazing-ness that is in NYC right now, I'm planning to go there again next year around this time to lineup with FNO and NYFW

Jen
Jen

 @hautepnk Thank you SO much! I am going to look at those brands that you recommend! I am so glad I found this blog! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

Carina K
Carina K

 @hautepnk Those are fantastic suggestions for the workout. I'm on week 3 of the 5K app you recommend which is great as my 3 year old is starting preschool, so I have some "extra" time now. lol. Thankfully our building's gym has a large ball, so I should try those exercises you suggest tomorrow.

 

Any chance that you might review some popular videos or group fitness classes in the future (esp given your dance background)? I tried the Tracy Anderson Method, and she's too hardcore for me; however Sadie Lincoln's Barre3 which is more yoga/pilates than dance, is more palatable for my tastes. I'm hoping to test run a physique 57 or purebarre class that just opened near work.

 

Keep up the great posts :)

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Carina K Great suggestion! I don't typically work off videos nowadays, but I certainly do have my faves which I'll share. Also, any and all Barre methods are AMAZING...but that could just be the inner dancer speaking :)

xo

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