The Tabata workout training protocol offers a way of maximizing athletic fitness in the minimum amount of time. Because of this, it is ideal for triathlon training.
How To Use Tabata For Triathlon Training
You will want to do the same exercises you will do during your triathlon during your Tabata workout.
Spend four minutes on each exercise every morning; if you are serious about being your best, do another four minutes for each in the afternoon.
Let’s start with running. To get yourself up to shape for your triathlon running, you’re going to be doing eight extremely high intensity bursts of running at maximum speed, each twenty seconds long. These twenty second bursts of intensity and speed are going to be separated by ten second long recovery intervals. This is where you need to try to catch your breath.
Before you start, make sure you’re all set up for injury-free running. Choose a level field, track or quiet street to run on. Make sure your shoes have got enough shock absorbency left in them. Then, turn on your stop watch and run as if the devil was after you.
You need to be using all your physical capacity, straining all your muscles.
When twenty seconds are over, stop. Rest exactly ten seconds, and then do another twenty second sprint.
For your Tabata running workout you’ll have to do this for eight rounds. It’ll only take you four minutes total.
It is vital to not slow down toward the end, you have to keep that intensity up in round number seven, and eight, just as you did in the first. If you’ve done it right, you’ll feel like collapsing on the ground in utter exhaustion when it’s finished. You may even see stars, or throw up. If you do, just clean up the mess, get some Gatorade in you, and prepare to do it again tomorrow.
That’s Tabata. The work is intense, but, the rewards are great.
You can give yourself a short break before going on to the next round. Then put on your swimsuit and get out to the pool. Here you’ll follow the same protocol.
For twenty seconds, you’ll swim as if your life depended on your speed. Then ten seconds of rest, hanging on the side of the pool.
Then twenty more seconds of water fury unleashed.
8 rounds, 240 seconds total.
Since you can’t see a stopwatch in the water you may want to ask someone to play timekeeper, or put on an mp3 that tells you when your twenty and ten second intervals are up and it’s time to switch gears.
Biking is more of the same. Using either your regular bike on safe, traffic free roads or an exercise bike inside your home, pedal madly for twenty seconds, then give yourself ten seconds to just rest. Add as much resistance as you can handle, an incline works very well.
Make sure you keep up that absolute intensity through all eight rounds. Intense doesn’t just mean fast biking. It means really fast biking. There shouldn’t be any way imaginable in which you could carry on a conversation when doing it.
You should be gasping for breath, literally out of breath, as that is the anaerobic state that comes with Tabata, and it is exactly where you want to be.
You should be pretty much dead when it’s done.
The intense bursts of work in Tabata are highly effective for building stamina and endurance. It is during these intervals that the body is pushed to its absolute maximum and is forced to perform beyond its capacity.
One of the most important aspects of participating in a Triathlon and having a successful race is to work on endurance and stamina levels and, while Tabata is grueling it is also very effective to that end.
There’s your Tabata workout for triathlon training. Now get to training!
It is a fact that Tabata can deliver unbelievable results with no time expenditure. Is it really true, and is it something a beginner can do?
Well, yes, and yes, but, there’s something about it you need to know. Nothing in life is free. While Tabata may be the shortest of all exercise regimes—who can beat 4 minutes?
That 4 minutes may well be the longest 4 minutes of your life. If you do it right, it’ll be a 9 on the Richter scale.
Think you’re made of stiffer stuff? Izumi Tabata, the founder of the method, first tried it out on world class athletes, and it was really hard for them. He published it because it was so evidently a superior method of getting results, but, he didn’t expect many people to be interested in it. He knew most of us are not masochists, and he knew his workout was one only a masochist would enjoy.
One thing he misestimated—the selling power of quick, and the strong desire many hold to have strong, healthy bodies we can be proud of.
Now thousands of people use what they call the Tabata method. They don’t all get the promised results, but, that’s only because they aren’t doing it right.
A Tabata workout is never supposed to be easy, even for those who are in elite shape.
Many get this part wrong, and confuse it with the typical HIIT intervals, and so the concern is that people aren’t using the Tabata protocol correctly when the 20 second intense interval moves are too slow to bring on EPOC and the ideal anaerobic state.
This typically occurs when the moves are too complicated, or do not engage enough muscle groups to deliver the intensity required.
Remember this concept and you will never be limited in your tabata protocols.
Thanks for reading!
Happy Tabata Tuesday!
As you know by now, the tabata protocol is a solid and efficient way to shed unwanted weight. I have a special post to excite and inspire you today!
Shedding pounds and health aren’t always tied together. The creation of muscle increases the density of weight within an individual and can even cause a person to gain weight, given that they are building more muscle than they are burning fat. It’s important to learn the ways to lose weight correctly; losing muscle can be very harmful in its own right. Learn the tips and tricks to lose weight without losing muscle in this article.
An important part of proper weight loss is to eat at least three times per day. Skipping meals only lowers your metabolism and therefore causes you to gain weight, or lose it more slowly. Make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast in the morning and then another meal with a solid snack for the day.
In an effective weight-loss exercise routine, it can be very helpful to schedule your workouts as early in the day as you can. Exercising first thing in the morning provides you with increased energy levels throughout the day. It also helps your mood, because all day long you can be proud of the fact that you already got your workout done.
Ignore what your scale says. A lot of people find themselves easily discouraged when their scale does not indicate that they are making immediate progress. If you are exercising and dieting properly, just ignore the scale entirely. Keep up what you are doing. It might take a little while, but eventually you will begin to see results.
When you arrive at work, park your car as far away from the entrance door as possible. The calories burned by this extra walking every work day can really add up and help you lose weight faster. If you use public transport, get off the train or bus a stop before your destination and walk the extra distance.
Reduce the amount of carbohydrates that you eat throughout the day. Also do not eat any carbohydrates late in the afternoon or in the evening. You can increase the amount of good fat and protein that you eat to compensate for your lost calories when you cut out the carbohydrates.
Get rid of clothes that do not fit you anymore. Motivate yourself to keep the weight off by only buying clothes that fit your body now. Remove any clothes that are now too large for you from your wardrobe. You can donate them to charity or sell them for a tidy sum.
A key tip for anyone embarking on a weight loss program is to shift focus away from the number on the scale. Weighing oneself on a daily basis can seriously undermine weight loss efforts, because the normal fluctuations that will surely register on the scale can have a devastating impact on motivation and morale. A better strategy is concentrate on positive changes in body shape and muscle tone, rather than on actual weight in pounds.
Eliminate soda to lose weight. You would probably be shocked to know how many calories a day you are getting just from your sugared sodas. If you trade one super-sized soda for a no-calorie water instead, you can cut 400-500 calories. Multiply that over several drinks a month, or a week, and you can see how quickly that adds up.
Avoiding obvious anorexic behavior sounds easy but can easily tempt the amateur exerciser with its surprising results. Making sure to perform weighing tests with regularity and eliminating other factors can help regulate this behavior. Additionally, solid knowledge and application of the many other details listed in this article can help an individual realize their true progress into getting their goal body.
Take these tips and convert them into a winning strategy! Talk to you again soon!
Yours In Success,
Happy Tabata Tuesday!
I want to give you the best concepts to help you achieve your fitness goals without any additional cost, time but maximum effort within 20 minutes. Below are 10 of the best Tabata practices to springboard your success.
10 Tabata Best Practices
To get the most out of your intense and highly effective workouts, here are some tips and guidelines to follow:
- As part of the original protocol a 10 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down is highly recommended.
- Use full body exercises that engage many muscle groups.
- Feel free to use free weights, bodyweight, weighted vests or ankle weights as this will increase intensity.
- Go all out in the 20 second intense intervals, never slow down, and push yourself to the limits.
- Except to be gasping for breath, literally gasping, this is where you want to be.
- Make every attempt to find your breath in the 10 seconds of rest, good luck.
- Cool down for at least 5 minutes.
- Prepare to get really sweaty.
- Don’t give up if the first, second or third time you do a Tabata routine you feel like you want to die or throw up or you can’t finish. This is typical.
- Don’t give up if the fourth, fifth or sixth time you think you can’t do this ever again. You can, you will, you should.
I hope this provides some clarity for you to focus on accomplishing your goals. If you need some additional direction or want clarity about how to defeat your fitness “pleateau”, contact me here for a free strategy consultation.
Yours In Success,
Happy Tabata Tuesday!
Well-formed, well-toned muscles are a dream for many of us and they may sometimes seem a dream that’s out of our reach.
Who can afford a membership to the gym and three hours a day to work on muscle toning? Not me, that’s for sure.
Most of us have schedules that are already far too full, and even if a gym membership was free, and it’s anything but, is there much chance we’d be able to get in those doors more than once a week, and then for longer than an hour? Not really. Not when we have work, and family responsibilities.
But you don’t need a gym to tone your muscles, and surprise! You don’t even need time. All you need is gumption, dedication, and the ability to push yourself even when it hurts.
Tabata training is a wonderful way to sculpt those muscles into the form you want them to have. Because this exercise protocol maximizes the stimulation your muscular system gets during your workout, it offers extremely good results for muscle toning.
Choose a bodyweight exercise that targets the muscles you’d like to tone. Practice it till you can do it well, and then incorporate it into a nothing-held-back extreme Tabata routine.
Suppose you want to tone the muscles in your buttocks and legs. Jump squats would be a perfect choice for this. To do them, start in a standing position, and then let yourself down into a full squat. Jump up from this position to standing- and higher still, bounce back down and sit down again into your squat.
If you’re doing jump squats for your Tabata routine you’re going to need to do them really, really fast. Like, faster than you’ve probably ever jumped before. So start off now by practicing some jump squats at a more everyday pace. You won’t be ready to do Tabata till you can do these smoothly.
Okay, put your stopwatch somewhere you can see it, or turn on the free Tabata app you’ve got installed on your smartphone. Then—go! For twenty seconds, you need to do as many of these jump squats as is physically possible.
No pausing to catch your breath, no slowing down to make it a little easy for yourself. As soon as you’re down, jump up again as if you touched hot coals.
As soon as you’re up, squat back down.
Twenty seconds in, you get a break for ten seconds, so rest and catch your breath. Then go at it again as if they turned the heat up. No slacking. Up and down, up and down, up and down, faster, faster, faster–no, no catching a breath—faster, faster—till the twenty second dong goes off again and you’ve got another ten minutes for you muscles to catch rest and for you to catch your breath.
For a Tabata muscle-toning workout you’re going to have to do eight rounds of 20 seconds each—twenty seconds at your absolute maximum speed and intensity, ten seconds at rest.
When you’re done you may throw up. You may collapse on the floor. That’s okay. That’s what happens when we push ourselves.
But it was only four minutes. You survived it. And if you do it tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that—four days a week—you will be well on your way to having those well-toned muscles you always dreamed about.
Tabata is very versatile so you can literally choose to sculpt any muscle area of the body, including the abs, butt, legs, back and even chest.
One of the important things to remember about Tabata is that its purpose is to increase anaerobic capacity and overall cardiovascular conditioning, this, is why the 20 second intervals are so intense. And, one of the best ways to do this is to use moves that engage most or all major muscle groups, such as, the case with burpees, lunge jumps and medicine ball slams.
The use of all major muscle groups are intense in nature and so they easily facilitate the anaerobic state, and because the work is so intense it is one of the fastest ways to build lean muscle tone.
I am working on a manual to help you incorporate a solid workout routine at home and on the road when you travel to keep you engaged, fit and ready to dominate everyday of your life! This is a pretty exciting project for me and I can’t wait for it to be done so I can share it with you.
That’s it for today, so if you haven’t done your tabata….what are you waiting for?
To Your Success,
So how do you prepare and recover?
Having masses of energy before, during and after a Tabata workout can be hard. You need to find foods that give you different types of fuel to suit the situation.
Pre Workout Fuel
As you may already know, Tabata style workouts are extremely quick and intense. They are over within a matter of minutes.
This means that before working out you need to find something that’s quick and easy to consume which provides forms of “fast release” energy. With this type of energy, your body will be able to use it almost instantly hence helping you power through the workout ahead.
What to Avoid:
You may have heard of preworkout energy drinks. Although there is a time and place for these products, they are not recommended.
This is due to the sometimes dangerously high caffeine content as well as some extremely high amount of sugars packed into these energy drinks. Thinking of drinking a sugar free energy drink?
You may want to think again as even more chemicals and artificial sweeteners are added to these products which are known to, over time, lead to health problems.
Energy drinks and pre-workout products can also become addictive and after using these supplements before every single session you may start to rely on these to get through a workout.
When for any reason you don’t have access to one or want to stop consuming them, it can leave you feeling low throughout the day with withdrawal symptoms let alone having not enough motivation for the gym.
What To Choose:
You have a range of choices when it comes to getting in some quality sources of fast release carbs / energy.
If your Tabata workout in the morning a fantastic example of a breakfast could include some egg yolks. These are rich in B-vitamins which convert food into the energy we need. They also contain vitamin D to maintain strong and healthy bones.
Furthermore, they are also a great source of protein which is essential for the day to help you reach your daily intake of protein.
With this you could include some other items for slow releasing carbs / energy throughout the day or a healthy choice of cereal.
A handful of raw pepitas or dry roasted pumpkin seeds can give you a natural jolt to power through a workout. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, healthy fats and fiber, keeping you feeling full and energized longer.
Fresh Pressed Veggie Juice:
But what should I drink? Green Juice. Whip out the juicer, grab some kale, romaine lettuce, couple stalks of celery, a pinch of ginger, 1/2 of lemon and lime and about 3 medium sized carrots. Fresh juice will not only naturally hydrate the cells in the body, it will also carry micronutrients to aide in increasing the effeciency of the lymphatic, digestive and metabolic systems to name a few. Within moments of drinking this fresh juice, you can feel the body responding because absorption is immediate, thus allowing the elimination of toxins from the blood and creating a more alkaline state within the body.
One of the most important determinants of your energy levels is hydration. Dehydration kicks in much sooner and harder than starvation. Water is responsible for transporting all nutrients in the blood that we use for energy as well as getting rid of waste build-up that leads to fatigue.
Without enough water, we cannot metabolize the food we eat into fuel and ultimately cease to function properly. Always drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially before and during workouts.
Post Workout Fuel
Post work-out fuel is a little easier. You may feel hungry and in need of a full on meal depending on the time of day. If this is the case, make sure to get a healthy, balanced meal consisting of your protein, carbs and fats.
If you’re looking for some slow release energy / carbs try:
Whole Grain Cereal:
Whole grain cereal is a fantastic source of Fiber and can slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream which leads to more consistent energy levels throughout the day and post workout. Organic Oats (Oatmeal) is an ideal fix as well as an awesome fiber source.
Just a few more ideas to incorporate into your eating strategies to help your fitness and lifestyle progression.
Thanks for reading,
Happy Tabata Tuesday!
Tabata workouts are high intensity interval training workouts that take you to a whole new level in fitness. Tabata workouts for the arms and legs will fire up the muscles in your limbs and send them crystal-clear messages that the status quo is not enough. These workouts, done regularly, will set your arms and legs squarely on the fast road to strong new muscles and wonderful endurance.
The Tabata Protocol
Before we get into the actual workout, you should know how the Tabata protocol works. What you’re going to be doing is twenty seconds of extremely high intensity exercise—working the hardest you can possibly do, as if your life depended on it. Then, when the timer goes off, you stop dead, and have ten seconds—no more, no less- ten seconds of rest and to catch your breath. Then twenty seconds of that uber-fast, uber-intense, uber-everything activity. Ten seconds of rest again. And on it goes, till you’ve done eight sets, and are feeling, more or less, dead.
Working The Arms And Legs
One Tabata workout that works both your arm and leg muscle utilizes the mountain climbing exercise move and is called the Mountain Climber. Before you start doing it Tabata style, you’ll have to learn how to do the mountain climbing exercise slowly.
Steps For Mountain Climbers
1. You start out in plank; straight arms, palms down flat on the floor, directly underneath your shoulders.
2. Your legs stick straight out behind you, and your feet should be hip-width apart.
3. Keep your toes curled under.
4. Contract your core, and tuck your tailbone under you. There should be a straight line from the top of your head to your heals, and your chin should be tucked in a little.
5. Now take your right knee and draw it to your chest, pulling it in with your abdominal muscles. Don’t let your foot touch the floor, don’t let your shoulders move. While keeping your straight line from head to heels—no swaying hips– return that foot to the plank position.
6. Do the same thing on the left side.
So that’s your basic mountain climber. Practice it a little; actually, practice it a lot, till you could do it in your sleep.
Now, when you do Tabata Mountain Climbers, you need to do this exercise really really fast; as fast as humanly possible, and you need to do that without losing your form.
Are you ready?
Get the stopwatch somewhere where you can see it easily from your plank position, or turn on your Tabata app on your smartphone. Then—ready, steady, go!
Twenty seconds of all-fire mountain climbers, legs moving as fast as they can go, arms smarting under the strain.
Stop! Ten seconds of rest, letting those muscles relax.
Now we’re on again!
Quick intensity, as if your life depended on it. Keep those legs moving. One and one and one and one—faster, faster, till it is a blur. No slacking off. Keep it going as fast as you were for that first twenty seconds.
When your second period is done, you get another ten second rest. But not a second more, and then you go straight into ultra-high intensity mountain climber set three. You’re not done until you’ve done eight rounds—eight rounds of intensity as high as you can rake up.
Then you can collapse. You deserve it. But tomorrow, remember, you’re on again.
Another great workout for the arms and legs is using a jump rope. No, this is not your kid’s favorite toy, today, there are many great fitness models available for adults in various sizes to accommodate all heights.
Using the jump rope in a Tabata protocol means that you will be jumping fast and constantly for the entire 20 seconds of the intense intervals, then catch your breath for 10 seconds. Repeat 8 times.
Suicide runs are also great for both arms and legs, though they work the legs more. For this routine you need to place two markers about 5 feet apart. This can be a rock, a book, a cone or anything that will sit still.
You will be running back and forth between the two markers very fast and touching each marker each time you reach it.
For Tabata, you will again do 8 sets of 20 seconds runs as fast as possible followed by intervals of 10 seconds of rest. By the way, this is a great exercise to do outside of the Tabata protocol as it really gets the heart racing, and the blood pumping for ultimate weight loss.
More Moves For The Legs
• Box Jumps
• Lunge Jumps
• Squat Jumps
• High Knees
• Dumbbells Squat Jumps
More Moves For The Arms
• Push Ups
• Push Rows
• Medicine Ball Slams
• Chin Ups
• Pull Ups
This should give you a boost in your fitness programs, or even provide you some variation in addition to your current routine. Let me know what you think and how this works best for you.
Yours In Success,
Losing weight can seem like an impossible task to accomplish. Just thinking of starting a new plan or exercise routine can seem overwhelming. But with a little discipline and a healthy balanced eating strategy it is possible to achieve your weight loss goals. Finding a weight loss plan that you can stick to long-term is essential.
Occasionally it is perfectly ok to give in to a craving. Every now and then, reward your hard work by indulging in one of your favorite foods. But always remember to use portion control. Instead of reverting to your old habit of eating an entire bowl of ice cream or a huge slice of cake, just eat a small amount, savoring every bite.
To add variety to your eating strategy and enhance your weight loss success, keep an open mind about foods. Just because you didn’t care for the taste of spinach when you were a child doesn’t mean you won’t find it appealing as an adult. Try sampling healthful vegetables and fruits you’ve never eaten before and you might just be surprised at what you’ve been missing.
Don’t be afraid to give yourself pep talks when needed. If you are scared of looking stupid, then you are only holding yourself back due to a silly fear that is just nonsense. Give yourself a pep talk, regardless of where you are, any time you feel that you are slipping down a bit.
In order to lose more weight faster, add green tea to your nutritional plan. Green tea is known to increase metabolism. Studies have shown green tea to boost metabolism 4% without effecting heart rate. It also has small amounts of caffeine. Green tea has become widely available and reasonably priced.
Losing weight is not easy to do alone. To assist you to lose weight, it is helpful to have an accountability coach or exercise buddy; someone who can keep your company and keep you on track. Not only is having a buddy great for accountability, but it can also make it easier to do activities that you would not want to try alone, like going to a challenging new class at the gym.
When adopting a new eating strategy to lose weight, be sure not to starve yourself. Studies have shown that people who eat less and are thinner are shedding excess water before the body goes into starvation mode. This is counterproductive to the weight loss process. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh vegetables rich in micronutrients and lots of fresh seasonal fruit to maintain energy and to boost the immune system and metabolism.
If you overeat one day let yourself know that there is nothing wrong with that and it is not the end of the world. All you have to do is make sure to do a little more physical activity the next day to get off all of the calories that you consumed.
Do not be discouraged when you gain weight in any one week during your new routine. One reason could be that your gained more muscle mass than fat that you had lost! And that’s no bad thing at all, as more muscle means more calories will be burned. This is especially common in people that were very inactive or that added a great deal of exercise to their normal routine. There are other causes possible as well.
Grab a smaller plate. Even the healthiest foods can be bad for you if you eat too much of them. Using a smaller plate or bowl can help your brain tell you that your stomach is full faster, because your eyes are used to seeing larger plates. Take advantage of this to avoid over-eating.
A journal can be a very effective tool in your weight loss plan. Keeping a journal helps to make you accountable. It also lets you know what’s working (and what isn’t) during the journey toward your weight loss goal. Write every bit of food you consume in your journal, and every minute of exercise as well.
As was stated before, losing weight can seem like an impossible task to accomplish. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, but instead of feeling overwhelmed feel empowered. Find a weight loss plan that works for you, and make it a part of your life. As long as you stay dedicated, it is completely possible to achieve your weight loss goals.
If you find yourself looking for an accountability coach to help you on your weight loss journey, complete a coaching client application to see if we are a perfect match to work together!
Yours In Success,
Hi, I hope you are doing great today! So the day has come for me to talk to those that refuse to listen to family and friends, doctors and even themselves! Yes, the inner voice that says you need to change your eating habits. Well, I think I am going to piggyback your inner voice today and hop on my soapbox because this is important and nobody else is going to tell you like this:
You need to stop drinking regular & diet sodas. If you replaced a 20oz bottle of soda with water daily… You would easily lose up to 35 pounds in one year
* Replace coffee with a natural fat burner like Green Tea because coffee increases stress & stress leads to fat gain and… Coffee does suppress appetite, however it increases your cravings so beware once it is time to eat!
* You can drink the natural Green Tea fat burner, lose more weight, and still get your caffeine fix for the day
* Cut down on or try to stop drinking alcohol. (Please limit negative responses to two sentences! Lol) Alcohol is basically the refined juice of natural foods which makes it a drink of pure concentrated sugar that will make you gain fat easily
* AVOID the grocery store snack aisle – Stop eating potato chips, popcorn, cookies, candy, ice cream, cakes, etc. The ingredients in these foods make you want to eat more and the companies who make these snack foods know you’ll stay addicted to them (even after you gained lots of weight eating their snacks)
FACT – The companies don’t care if you gain weight because of their snack products as long as they make their money off YOU and if you’re addicted to snacks!
* You need to make a strong effort to cut down on your salt & sugar intake because it will cause you to gain water weight making you look fatter
* Avoid processed foods as much as possible because the processing of these foods removes all the stuff that helps you lose weight and replaces it with stuff like sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated oils to make you fatter
* Read food labels and avoid anything that has sugar as it’s main source of carbs or has corn syrup & hydrogenated oils as ingredients
* Don’t be fooled by the term “Multigrain” since it’s just a fancy word for processed carbs and choose “Whole Grain” products only.
This post will certainly raise some hairs with some, but I promise that all of the statements above will benefit you and your health in the long run versus the short term, feel good, high blood pressure and blood sugar foods you are currently ingesting!
Thanks for Reading!
Happy Tabata Tuesday!
The core is one of our biggest assets in stability, balance and it provides a plethora of health benefits. It is important to exercise the core and maintain it at optimal levels.
It is one thing to sweat and lose weight, but, sculpting ab muscles, and strengthening the abs and core requires specific exercises that need to be done on a consistent basis.
Below are some of the best workouts that primarily target these areas.
For best results, you can combine them with high-intensity interval training programs, like HIIT or Tabata for a huge boost in fat burning that will help to reveal those gorgeous muscles that you and these exercise create.
Feet Elevated Russian Twist
This workout involves a rotational exercise that helps strengthen your abdominal muscles, particularly the obliques. It also helps strengthen the hips and the lower back muscles.
1. Sit on the floor.
2. Bend your knees, keeping your feet flat on the floor.
3. Lift your feet a few inches from the floor and hold them as you move.
4. With your palms together, position your arms straight in front of your chest, leaning back at a 45-degree angle.
5. Rotate your torso to the left and to the right.
Medicine Ball Leg Raises
This mild, aerobic exercise is ideal for building core strength and toning up the abdominal muscles, particularly the muscles in the lower region. You can perform the exercise two to three days a week.
1. Lie down on the floor, with your face up.
2. With a medicine ball in both hands, stretch your arms behind your head.
3. Exhale and crunch upwards, raising your arms and legs together above your stomach.
4. Position the medicine ball slowly in between your feet and move your body back to the starting position, leaving your legs raised several inches above the ground.
5. Crunch back up to grab the ball from between your feet.
6. Repeat until you have completed the sets required for your routine.
An extremely challenging exercise, press sit-ups combine bench presses and sit-ups into one intense activity, and when done correctly, results in stronger arms, chest, shoulders, and firmer abs. For this workout, you will need a barbell and a decline bench.
1. Do some dynamic stretches and warm up for about five to ten minutes of light, aerobic exercise.
2. On a decline bench, lie facing up with your knees at the top bend and your ankles secured behind the ankle pads.
3. With an overhand grip, hold a barbell, allowing the weight to rest on your upper chest while your hands are spread wide apart.
4. Inhale and tighten your core muscles while you move to a sitting position.
5. Exhale and raise the barbell straight over your head, making sure your arms are well extended above your head and your upper body perpendicular to the floor.
6. Inhale as you return the barbell to your chest and lower yourself back to the starting position.
Crunches are one of the most common exercises for the abs and core. The reverse crunch, in particular targets the rectus abdominis muscle. To perform this exercise effectively, lift your hips only a few inches from the floor and avoid swinging the legs while raising the hips.
1. Lie on the floor with your palms down.
2. Bend your knees towards your chest on a 90-degree angle with your feet held together.
3. Lift your hips off the floor, crunching them inwards while you contract your abs. Point your legs up towards the ceiling.
4. Lower your legs slowly until your feet are flat on the floor.
General Side Plank
This exercise is ideal for beginners and doesn’t require any special equipment. It improves stability of the spine and strengthen the core muscles, specifically the obliques.
1. Lie on your one side with your legs fully extended.
2. Prop your body up using your elbow and forearm, your elbows positioned under your shoulder.
3. Contract your abs and raise your hips so that your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to ankles.
4. Breathe deeply while holding yourself in this position for a few seconds.
5. Turn around and repeat on the other side.
Now Go Work Those Abs!
Yours In Success,