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Super Star’s Hot Body Comeback: 6 Tips to a Tight Tummy

Guess These Abs

jennifer lopez abs

Who’s abs do you think these belong to? I’ll give you a few hints:

She is 44
She is a mother of Twins (did that just give it away?)
She struggles with having one very big body part
She is an entertainer, businesswoman, philanthropist, producer – and pretty much anything she wants to be.
– Answer is a the bottom of this blog 🙂
 

Her Fit Tips:

jlo beforeWe all have our ups and downs – the only difference is, the paparazzi is always right there to catch stars at their worst – and sell it for big bucks.

Imagine if that happened to us. I can tell you right now, I would have downright SCARED someone if they saw me laying out in my back yard this weekend. No make-up, hair in a knot, dorky headband and a “backyard” swim suit (which is one of those suits that is great for tanning, but not so great looking on”. lol

Well, this used to be her belly, but no more – and here’s why! Here’s how she keeps fit.

1. No Partying
2. Small Portions
3. Sugar-Free & Salt-Free Diet
4. No Alcohol
5. 8 Hours of Sleep

One last final tip:

In 2008, she signed up for a triathlon sprint to help her lose her baby weight. 

pregnant jennifer lopez

6 Tips for a Tight Tummy

Before I tell you owns that six-pack, here are a few of MY ab tips:

  1. Keep your stomach tight. One reason we battle the bulge is because we are lazy. We don’t maintain good posture and hold our stomach in like we should. Laziness causes us to lose our resting tone in our abdominal muscles, allowing our gut to stretch out the abdominal wall. We can increase muscle tone simply by keeping our tummy tight and standing up tall.
  2. Limit overeating. It’s hard to hold our stomach in tight when our belly is full. When we eat large meals our stomach increases in size, pushing out against our abdominal muscles. It’s a lot easier to maintain a smaller, tighter waistline by simply eating smaller portions.
  3. Retrain your muscles. If you think it’s too late to get a six-pack, think again.  Look at all the women who retrain their ab muscles after pregnancy. The same can happen to a beer belly too. Crunches, sit-ups and plank exercises get great results and don’t require a gym membership or equipment.
  4. Choose cardio that trims your waistline. Trade the bike for exercises that allow the arms to swing and the upper body to rotate. Aerobics classes, like kickboxing, are also excellent as they incorporate a lot of rotation through the mid-section. Concentrate on the ab area while exercising, maintaining good posture and tight abs throughout the exercise.
  5. Reduce your calories. We can do abdominal exercises until we’re blue in the face, but it won’t do a thing about the fat that’s covering our muscles. The only way to trim off the fat is to take in fewer calories than we burn. Otherwise, we will just have a six-pack under the keg.
  6. Don’t fall for the gimmicks. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Let’s face it; we can’t get a six-pack in six minutes without changing what we do in the other 1,434 minutes that fill our day.

Answer to “Guess These Abs”:

Jennifer Lopez bikiniJ-Lo We all know Jennifer Lopez works hard to stay fit. She’s had twins and she’s had heavy spells at times, but she keeps landing back on her fit feet. I’m sure you are thinking you could be fit too with all her money and her awesome celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, but although she may have plenty of money, I doubt she has plenty of time. Between going on tour, shooting music videos (like in this screen shot of her), judging  American Idol, learning lines and starring alongside Jason Statham in the crime thriller Parker, working as executive producer of the television series The Fosters, founding her own mobile phone retail brand Viva MĂłvil for Latinos, working numerous charities, recording her new record, starring in a new thriller movie, doing ads for L’Oreal ,  launching the Jennifer Lopez Collection (a clothing and accessories line for Kohl’s with Tommy Hilfiger), promoting her new Jennifer Lopez Home Collection, promoting the new  Fiat, making countless guess appearances, and, oh yeah, being a mom – and that’s not ALL she does in her 16-hour workdays!!

“Sometimes when I get home and I’m not feeling so great, I make myself go to the gym,” Jennifer Lopez said in Redbook. “Then I come home and take a shower, put on a great outfit, some makeup, tie my hair up, and I feel pepped up and great about myself.”

So if you thought you were busy, or your the only one that struggles to get to the gym, think again! Being fit is important to her, so she MAKES time for it – and that’s what we have to do too. Time will not come on it’s own. We must MAKE time. 🙂

J-Lo’s Tri Sprint FAQs & Quotes

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J-Lo completed the race in 23 minutes and 38.8 seconds. Here are some of my favorite quotes from her about this experience:

“I was beached like a whale,” Lopez said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” last month. “I was watching TV, and I saw a triathlon and I said, ‘You know what? I think I could do that, that would be great for me to do. Maybe I’ll do it this year,'” she explained. 

She also joked that she was determined to finish the race even if she “has to crawl across that finish line.”

“Swimming is a killer,” Lopez admitted. “I’m not going to lie.”

Read more her fitilious story at about J-Lo at FitSugar.com, Fox News, & Fox Photos.

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8 Rocker Chicks with Rockin’ Abs

A Little Monday ABsiration

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This weekend I gave you 20 Tummy Tighteners  (and you guys added over 180 comments full of your favorite ab exercises for my Designer Whey contest (results coming soon!), so I decided I would start the week off with some ABilicious motivation to get you ready to put some of these exercises to practice this week!

They always say a picture is worth a thousand words. However, as I showed you in my recent blog “Celebrity Bodies: Perfectly Photographed or Perfectly Normal“, many of the photos we see are not “real” – or a true realistic goal for everyday life.  So, instead of showing you some perfectly photographed (and photoshopped) abs, I decided to search for the real deal – action shots from some of our favorite celebrities, when they aren’t dieting down and posing for the camera.

When I was creeping the internet for some celebrity “ABspiration”, I couldn’t help but notice all the chicks rockin’ great abs were rock stars. These super fit female singers, rappers, producers and musicians are great motivation for putting some of those ab exercises to work. Soak it in! (and notice their ages – which range from 28-55!)

8 Girl Rockers with Rockin’ Abs

#1 Spice Girl, Melanie Brown, Spices her abs up the best at 38!

Mel B. hosts Hot Bodies at Tao Beach in Las Vegas

#2 Shakira’s hips don’t lie, they say Shakira works out at 36!

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#3 The ABsolutely amazing Pink shows off her abs on stage at 34.

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#4 Super lean and fit Jada Pinkett Smith has a smoking hot bikini body at 42.

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#5 Fit in her forties, Gwen Stefani, stays lean and healthy at 44.

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#6 This new photo of Jennifer Lopez went viral after her stylist posted (just the tummy portion) on Instagram on Sept. 26 , showing off her new tone midsection at 44.

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#7 Many younger celebs are just skinny and un-tone, but Ciara looks like she works to stay fit at 28.

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#8 There’s a reason our Material Girl doesn’t wear that much material – she has no fat to hide at 55!

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Who’s Your Body Model?

I think it’s great to have role models (or body models) to look up to. Some people’s body model is you at a younger fit age, and that’s great too. Goals are always helpful – and having a person who has achieved the goal you want to achieve, at YOUR age, with YOUR same number of kids or YOUR excuses, is even better.

Who is your favorite fit celeb?
Do you have a body model?
Who is she? I’d love to know!

Designer Whey’s 20th Anniversary Ab Workout

Ab Workout20 Sit-ups

20 Bicycle Crunches

20 Sit-ups

20 Reverse Crunch

Repeat 3 Times

Get more Workouts at DesignerWhey.com:

4-Week Basic Training Workout Program
4-Week Mud Run Training Program
4-Week Design Your Body Program

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

20 Terrific Tummy Tightening Exercises

There are a lot more exercises to work your abs than just crunches. Unfortunately, many people can’t think of more than 3 or 4 abdominal exercises, so they get tired of the few they know pretty quick.

ABsolutely Awesome Give-A-Way

designer wheyToday I’m going to not only give you 20 of some of my favorite ab exercises you can put to the test, but I’m going to give you a chance to share some of your favorite exercises for a CHANCE TO WIN a HUGE Designer Whey protein package that will keep you stocked up for the ENTIRE YEAR!!

All you need to do is post your favorite ab exercisE below (even if it’s listed already). In the comments on this blog, post as many exercises as you want (as separate comments) and share it on your social media! Share a whole ab workout if you want! The more you share and the more exercises you comment, the more chances you have to win!!  You have until midnight October 6th to enter. I will announce a winner Monday! 

20 Terrific Tummy Tightening Exercises

  1. absCrunch
  2. Sit-up
  3. Reverse Crunch
  4. Cable Crunch or Kneeling Band Crunch
  5. Plate Crunch
  6. Bicycle Crunch
  7. Flutter Kick
  8. Oblique Crunch
  9.  Snowboarder Crunch
  10. Crunch And Punch
  11. Toes to Bar
  12. Take It Or Leave It Abdominal Crunch
  13. Snow Angel
  14. V-up
  15. Side V-up
  16. Knee Raise or Hanging Knee Raise
  17. Plank
  18. Side Plank
  19. Pulse Side Plank
  20. 2-Point Stance

Here is the cool matching graphic for Pinteresters and Instagrammers! 🙂 Have fun!!

20 TUMMY TIGHTENERS

6 Tips for Flat Abs

Everyone wants a flat stomach – but there’s more to getting tight abs than just doing crunches. Say goodbye to those outrageous ab-toning contraptions and hello to results by applying these 6 tips.

  1. Keep your stomach tight. One reason we battle the bulge is because we are lazy. We don’t maintain good posture and hold our stomach in like we should. Laziness causes us to lose our resting tone in our abdominal muscles, allowing our gut to stretch out the abdominal wall. We can increase muscle tone simply by keeping our tummy tight and standing up tall.
  2. Limit overeating. It’s hard to hold our stomach in tight when our belly is full. When we eat large meals our stomach increases in size, pushing out against our abdominal muscles. It’s a lot easier to maintain a smaller, tighter waistline by simply eating smaller portions.
  3. Retrain your muscles. If you think it’s too late to get a six-pack, think again.  Look at all the women who retrain their ab muscles after pregnancy. The same can happen to a beer belly too. Crunches, sit-ups and plank exercises get great results and don’t require a gym membership or equipment.
  4. Choose cardio that trims your waistline. Trade the bike for exercises that allow the arms to swing and the upper body to rotate. Aerobics classes, like kickboxing, are also excellent as they incorporate a lot of rotation through the mid-section. Concentrate on the ab area while exercising, maintaining good posture and tight abs throughout the exercise.
  5. Reduce your calories. We can do abdominal exercises until we’re blue in the face, but it won’t do a thing about the fat that’s covering our muscles. The only way to trim off the fat is to take in fewer calories than we burn. Otherwise, we will just have a six-pack under the keg.
  6. Don’t fall for the gimmicks. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Let’s face it; we can’t get a six-pack in six minutes without changing what we do in the other 1,434 minutes that fill our day.


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Weekly Ab Workout Plan

Ab WorkoutSometimes I get in a rut with my workouts and need to freshen them up with something new. For some reason, when I have a workout in writing, I am more apt to stick to it than if I just wing it each day. It’s like, as soon as it’s in writing, I HAVE to complete it. This goes for my daily workouts, as well as an overall plan.

So, I asked Steve to write me up a workout just for my abs that I could incorporate into my weekly routine. I HATE working abs, but really need to work them more. Here is what he came up with – BUT, before you check out the workout, read Steve’s blog today on abdominal and oblique muscles. He explains each muscle, why we work it, how often we can work it, why we work it with and without weights, and what each muscle does for our physique! It’s GOOD STUFF!

4-Day Workout Program:

Each week, pick 3 days of A OR B Workouts and 1 day of C OR D Workouts
Click on the exercise to view video instruction. 

High Rep Day

WEEKLY AB WORKOUTImprove resting tone, muscular tone, decreasing waist size, increasing definition.
REST: Recover for approximately 30 seconds between exercises.

(A)
25 reverse cross leg crunch left
25 Oblique Crunch left
25 side elbow plank hip pulse left (NOTE: don’t let your hip touch the floor like this girl does)
(repeat right)
X3

Super Set
25 decline sit ups
25 decline crunch 
X3

(B)
25 creverse cross leg crunch left
25 reverse cross leg crunch right
50 cartwheel with PVC (these are done much faster than the video)
25 reverse crunch (or roll up)
X4
25 ball pass (8-12lbs)
X4

High Resistance Day

Build hypertrophy and definition of rectus abdominus and serratus anterior.
REST: allow for more rest/recovery between sets (1min)
(C)
15-20 Rope crunch
15-20 angled roman chair
15-20 hanging abs
X3

(D)
15 plate crunch
15 decline weighted plate crunch
15-25 abdominal machine (hammer strength)
X3

THE SIX-PACK: 6 Awesome Ab Workouts

IMG_5472C smIn a Crunch (Literally!)?

I know how easy it is to get bored of workouts, but there really is life outside of traditional crunches and sit-ups. It just takes a little imagination, knowledge or guidance from a pro like my hubby Steve. Over the last year Steve has come up with some great workouts – and ab workouts are always a fav! I mean, who doesn’t want great abs?!

Here are some of my favorite ab exercises that Steve put together for various brands and workout programs – and as you can tell in his pic, they work! Not only will they give you a great workout too, but you’ll learn some new moves to broaden your exercise library.

Give them a try and let us know which one you like the most!

#1 Four-Minute Abs

20 Rock Climbers
20 Figure 8 Ball Pass
20 Reverse Crunch
20 Ball Crunch
4 ROUNDS

#2 Core & Cardio Workout

Thrusters
Left Handed 2-Point Stance
Right Handed 2-Point Stance
Left Elbow Plank with Pulses
Right Elbow Plank with Pulses

#3 Abs & Core Circuit with Balance Ball

25 Rotational Crunches
25 Dynamic Plank
25 Take It or Leave It
25 Oblique Side Bend

#4 Design Your Abs Workout

25 Sit Ups
25 Roll Ups or Toes to Bar
25 Oblique Sit Ups (25 on each side – 50 total)

Repeat 3 Times.

#5 Core & Glutes

Plank (10 seconds)
Upward Facing Dog (10 seconds)
10 Rounds

Sunbird Leg 3-Position Leg Lifts
10 circles per position (back, 45 degree, 90 degree)
3 Rounds

Plank + Knee to Opposite Elbow (a sit-through)
10 times on each side

REPEAT ENTIRE CIRCUIT

#6 BCx Core

25 Sit-ups
25 Crunches
25 Obliques (Left)
25 Obliques (Right)
25 Bicycles

10 Ways to Crunch Your Abs into Bikini Body Shape

Everyone admires them. Everyone wants them. Everyone can have them …if they really want them. I’m talking about smokin’ hot  abs.  

When people talk about the hottest celebrity bodies, they show bikini shots & shirtless guys showing off their abs. You rarely see a magazine talking about how great someone’s back is, or how amazing their quads look. No, they are talking about six-packs. And although so many people wish they had them, ironically, many people don’t work them. Here are a few reasons why I believe abdominal exercises get left off the exercise check list.

5 Reasons Abs Get Neglected

1. Not enough motivation. Let’s face it, the “out of sight out of mind” mentality, oftentimes, is the driving force for what gets attention in the gym and what doesn’t. Unless you live by the water or have a pool, you probably aren’t exposing your midsection that often. So, your emphasis is improving the body parts people see the most of, like your arms, legs and butt (because a good or bad butt shows through clothes!). Then you plan a cruise or a vacation that requires swimwear and you freak because you realize just how much you’ve neglected your tummy.

2. You can’t see your abs through your fat. If you are carrying extra weight you probably can’t see your abdominal muscles. And the truth is, you can do abs until your blue in the face and you’ll never see your abs if you don’t lose the layer of fat covering them. However, you can still work them and help tighten your midsection so your stomach muscles stay tight and your core is more fit. Weak abdominal muscles allow your organs to push your stomach wall out, causing you to look even heavier than you are. So, if you can keep those abs tone, you can keep your tummy flatter.

3. Ab exercises suck. I’m sorry for the yucky word, but honestly, there is no other word for it that truly captures the pain of a brutal ab workout. Not only do they burn like mad, they literally suck the living life out of you (your breath). Since you want to minimize space in your gut while working the abs, you can only take shallow breaths. And, unlike working an isolated muscle group like biceps, abdominals are a huge muscle group and require a lot of work. The end result is they wipe you out – and you have to keep doing that over and over for days, weeks, months and sometimes years before you see the first ice cube in your six pack.

4. You like food too much. Let’s be honest here, having abs means being lean. If you love food more than you love the idea of having abs, you will never see your abs. Kelly Ripa and Kiera Knightley are prime examples of this. It’s not that they have huge abs like LL Cool J, they are just super lean. If they were holding more body fat, you wouldn’t see their abs as well as you do. However, that’s also a bit of good news too because that means you don’t have to primarily rely on a insane ab exercises to develop abs. If you diet down, you will start seeing what you already have – and I promise, you have abdominal muscles.

5. You don’t know how to work them. If you are a member of a gym, there may be 20 machines to work chest and only one or two to work the abdominals. Your abs don’t require machinery to work them effectively. Since some of the best ab exercises are done with minimal equipment, it’s up to you to learn all the ways to work them, using nothing more than a yoga mat and maybe some sort of weight. (see below!)

I admit, one of my weakest areas is my abs. I too fall victim to the above reasons why I don’t work harder on my abs and I hope to make improvements. My challenge to you is this. Purposefully schedule ab exercises in your weekly workout routine. Non-weighted crunches can be done daily. Weighted ab exercises should allow a couple of days for rest just like regular weight training. Stick with it and you will see and feel an incredible difference!

10 Ways to Crunch Your Abs into Shape

If you thought there was only one way to do a crunch, think again! Here are 10 variations that are phenomenal for sculpting your midsection. Click on the exercise to preview a demonstration video so you can give it a try yourself!

1. Crunch
2
. Bicycle Crunch
3. Bar Crunch
4. Weighted Crunch
5. Kettlebell Crunch
6. Crunch And Punch
7. Snowboarder Crunch
8. Incline Reverse Crunch
9. Take It Or Leave It Abdominal Crunch
10. Resistance Band Kneeling Crunch

Learn more incredible exercises at www.FitStudio.com 

Not sure if you are doing crunches right? Here are some tips:

FAT TO FAB: Get Your Abs Ready for the Beach!

Bikini season is here and, if you’re like me, you’re more aware of your midsection than ever. It’s time to trim up and get rid of some of the winter fluff!. You’re abdominals are already there, we just need to shed the layer of fat hiding them and tone them up.

Six Pack or Just Plain Flat?
Abs come in different shapes and sizes. Some of you may want those ice cube abs “Marky Mark” Wahlberg showed in his old Calvin Klein ads. Most people just want a nice flat smooth surface, free of lumps and bumps. Although the training may be slightly different depending on your goal, one thing remains the same – diet and cardio is a must.

Uncover Your Abs
Everyone has abs – you just might not be showing yours. Sorry pFIT pFANS, although I’ll be giving you ab exercises today, let me first point you to some cardio to burn off that extra layer of fat that’s hiding your abs, no matter what shape they are in. Whether you have a 2 pack or a six pack, you still have lines under that fat and the only thing that will reveal it, is burning more calories than you eat. So it’s time to decrease your caloric intake and increase your calorie burn. Don’t have a treadmill or elliptical? No worries!! I’ve got ways for you to scorch and torch that fat on your living room floor!

Fight the Fat

Perform each exercise as quickly as you can for one minute! Get your timer out! My favorite ones are the Gymboss & the Interval Timer for the iPhone.

Keep your abs tight throughout this entire kickboxing inspired cardio workout.

Butt-kicks
Air Squats
Jumping Jacks
Squat Cross (One arm only per round round)
Squat Cross Knee (One knee only per round)
Repeat 2 Times

Cardio & Core

Planks, Pushups and mountain climbers require you to hold your core tight. Add in a few cardiovascular exercises and you get to tone the midsection and burn fat too.
10 Rotational Push-ups
20 Steam Engine
10 5 Second Football Stomp With Sprawl
20 Plank Jax
10 Plyometric Double Knee Jump
20 Mountain Climber
10 Seconds Rest
Repeat 2 Times

8-Pack

The following 8 exercises will hit your abs in every direction, upper abs, lower abs and obliques. Remember to keep your tummy tight throughout each exercise, keep your butt and shoulders off the floor through the crunches for the best possible ab-crunching action. This workout can be done often. However, if you want to work on those “ice-cube” abs, you’ll need to add in more weighted abdominal exercises, and those will require at least a day of rest between workouts just like regular weight routines.

10 Sit-up
25 Weighted Crunch
10 Sit-up
25 Bicycle Kick
10 Sit-up
25 Snowboarder Crunch (one side per round)
10 Sit-up
25 Snow Angel
Repeat 2 Times

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