A Little Monday ABsiration
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!
#2 Shakira’s hips don’t lie, they say Shakira works out at 36!
#3 The ABsolutely amazing Pink shows off her abs on stage at 34.
#4 Super lean and fit Jada Pinkett Smith has a smoking hot bikini body at 42.
#5 Fit in her forties, Gwen Stefani, stays lean and healthy at 44.
#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.
#7 Many younger celebs are just skinny and un-tone, but Ciara looks like she works to stay fit at 28.
#8 There’s a reason our Material Girl doesn’t wear that much material – she has no fat to hide at 55!
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
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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
Today 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
- Reverse Crunch
- Cable Crunch or Kneeling Band Crunch
- Plate Crunch
- Bicycle Crunch
- Flutter Kick
- Oblique Crunch
- Snowboarder Crunch
- Crunch And Punch
- Toes to Bar
- Take It Or Leave It Abdominal Crunch
- Snow Angel
- Side V-up
- Knee Raise or Hanging Knee Raise
- Side Plank
- Pulse Side Plank
- 2-Point Stance
Here is the cool matching graphic for Pinteresters and Instagrammers! 🙂 Have fun!!
We all want tight abs, but sometimes we need a new workout to give us some new motivation we need to work them as hard as we should. Here’s a new ab circuit from Steve Pfiester at LiveExercise.com. Give it a try!
15 Roll Ups (Right)
15 Roll Ups (Left)
15 Oblique Crunch (Right)
15 Side Plank Pulses (Right)
15 Oblique Crunch (Left)
15 Side Plank Pulses (Left)
(each round is under 5 minutes)
Follow along with Steve at Live X:
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My abs are SO sore! I just sneezed and this literally popped into my head (right after I winced, grabbed my stomach and said OWWWWIE!). Then I smiled, stood back up nice and tall and said “THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!”
The workout that left me in painful bliss:
CLICK HERE to get the whole weekly ab workout plan.
Sometimes 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
High Resistance Day
It’s easy to get “fluffy” during the winter. We pile on layers of clothing, hiding extra layers of fat we may gain. Before we know it, spring rolls around and it’s time to pull out the bikinis – and we get our little wake-up call.
Eeeeeek! Suddenly everything is exposed – and the thought of putting your winter body on the beach can be a scary thing. You have 3 choices. One, you can continue to hide and just never even put on a bathing suit. Two, cover up, like this lady, and put someone else’s body on with one of hese hilarious bikini tees. Or, three, you can lose the fat – and the clothes, and feel good in your bikini this year!
It’s time to take it OFF!
Diet. You’ll never see abs (unless you buy them on a shirt) if you don’t diet. The only way you can lose weight is reduce your caloric intake. You can do that by guessing, and trying to just eat better, or you can do it by really budgeting your calories. Of course I suggest the latter because it’s guaranteed success.
Cardio. The next thing on your list to tackle is cardio – and lots of it. You need to burn off that stored fat from the winter. So, go for a jog or hit the gym to do your favorite cardio machine or high-intensity aerobics class.
Protect your investment. If you are trying to lose weight, the next focus is trying to make sure you don’t replace the calories you BURN with calories you EAT. If you burn 300-400 calories in the gym, you can erase that with one latte and reduced-fat coffee cake, so be careful not to sabotage your hard work in the gym.
1o Diet Tips to Get You Bikini Ready
If you don’t know where to start with dieting, here are 10 simple tips to apply to help get you started.
1. Keep meals to 300-350 calories for women, 400-450 for men.
2. Keep snacks to 100-150 calories for women, 200-150 for men.
3. Eat something (doesn’t have to be big or fancy) 5-6 times a day.
4. Wait at least 2 hours to eat after meals.
5. Never go over 3 hours without eating something (even something small like a few almonds)
6. Never eat more in one sitting than you can burn in one workout.
7. Eat on salad plates instead of dinner plates.
8. Eat with salad forks and small spoons instead of large silverware.
9. If you DO mess up, count up the calories so you know how much your mistake “costs” you. (this will not only be good information for you to learn, but it is also good motivation not to mes up again). Out of site, out of mind.
10. Drink a LOT of water.
Abs on Fire Workout
While you work to improve your eating and lose the body fat, here is a workout @stevepfiester put together to sculpt your abs so when your do lose the body fat, your new great abs can start peaking through!
15 Med Ball Throw
15 Russian Twist
15 Oblique Crunch L
15 Oblique Crunch R
15 Side Plank Pulses L
15 Side Plank Pulses R
CLICK HERE to watch the instructional video to learn all the moves and follow along with Steve.
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
#2 Core & Cardio Workout
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)
Sunbird Leg 3-Position Leg Lifts
10 circles per position (back, 45 degree, 90 degree)
Plank + Knee to Opposite Elbow (a sit-through)
10 times on each side
REPEAT ENTIRE CIRCUIT
#6 BCx Core
25 Obliques (Left)
25 Obliques (Right)
Body Parts that Count: Part 3 – Abs & Core
In this blog series I’ve been talking about the 3 muscle groups I feel should be a woman’s focus: Shoulders, Glutes & Abs. Today we discuss the abs.
“Diet doesn’t make you fit.
Exercise doesn’t make you skinny”
Steve Pfiester said that yesterday and I thought, that needs to be a t-shirt. No, a Billboard. No, a whole national advertising campaign! Honestly, people need to hear this!!! We’ve all seen overweight people who are physically fit and we’ve seen plenty of out of shape skinny people. Why am I going on this tangent when the topic is abs? Well it’s simple. You can have abs (shoot, you may have them right not) but if you don’t combine training with diet together, you’ll likely never see them.
Will Eat for Abs
You’ve seen the homeless guys holding a sign “Will work for food”? Well, will you eat for abs? Will you eat (and not eat) what it takes to get the abs you want? Just like many of those guys have no intensions of actually doing any work to get their money, many people in the gym have no intensions of eating what they need to be eating to get their abs.
Honestly, doing a few crunches is the easy part. It’s the other 23 hours a day that are hard to control. As Alfonso “The Angry Trainer” Moretti says, “Abs are made in the kitchen“. If you want to shave off the fat covering your abs, you need to shave off some calories. Once you can actually see your abs, the shape of them, how tight they are, and how big each cube is is up to your training.
Will Work for Abs
It may not seem like it, but this is the easy part. However, some people still have a lot of questions about how to train them. How often can you train your abs? What type of workouts are best for abs? So many questions, so little time.
Non-weight ab exercises, like traditional crunches or situps, can be done daily. However, weighted abs need rest and repair just like your biceps, so they need a couple of days of rest in between.
Steve Pfiester, for instance, does non-weighted abs in between sets while training other body parts through out the week. Then he has one day solely dedicated to traps, calves and abs, where he does his weighted ab exercises. This way he’s always hitting them to keep them tight and tone.
This is also why I like functional training, like push-ups, planks and mountain climbers, because it keeps my core tight in between ab days. Believe me, if you do pushups on a regular basis, you will definitely notice your abs and core tightening.
Weakness Becomes Strength
I have to admit, abs are not my best feature. Unfortunately, the body parts you hate the most, typically are the body parts you don’t like to train the most too. It should be the other way around, but we are human and we like doing things we are good at. We like training our best looking body part, we enjoy working our muscles that are the strongest and we prefer to do the exercises we have already mastered. That’s why our weaknesses often stay a weakness – but they can become your strength.
If you really want to change your body, work the parts that need to work the most. Do the stuff you hate the most (like cardio) and force yourself to do programs, like our BCx Boot Camp, that keep your training balanced and keep you doing stuff you’d most likely skip if you were doing it on your own. The more you do it, the more you’ll like it because you’ll become stronger and you’ll begin to see the work pay off.
Workooout, “I’m sexy and I know it” (sing along with me!)
Here is one of our ab circuits from our brand new BCx Boot Camp Express workout at FitStudio. Click on the picture below and go to Day 6 to view the entire workout, including instructional video.
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“I do sit-ups – I do one sit-up a day. I do the first half when I get up in the morning and the second half when I go to bed at night”, Comedian, Mark Lowry.
Everyone wants abs. Whether you want a chiseled six-pack or just want a flat tummy, fit abs are one of the most coveted body parts. The problem is many people are doing the wrong exercises, investing in the wrong fitness tools, and focusing on the wrong things.
Here are 5 common mistakes I see all the time:
1.) People think that abdominal exercises will get rid of belly fat. Wrong! Diet and cardio get rid of belly fat, not abdominal exercises. Yes, you will have shapely muscles UNDER the fat, but if you actually want to SEE your abs, you need to control your eating and burn some calories!
2.) People invest in fitness gadgets that are worthless pieces of junk. The Ab Belt, Ab Lounge, Ab Rocker, Ab Flex and hundreds of other crazy contraptions promising to carve ice cube abdominal muscles. If you really want to invest in something, invest in a good abdominal video, hire a trainer, or take an abs class at your gym so you can learn how to do abs correctly instead of wasting your hard-earned money on useless apparatuses. It’s like Read the rest of this entry