Guess These 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:
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.
6 Tips for a Tight Tummy
Before I tell you owns that six-pack, here are a few of MY ab tips:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”:
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 Móvil 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
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.”
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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FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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