8 Killer Exercises To A Flat Sexy Tummy
Want great abs? This ab-stastic workout routine combines fat burning cardio with moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles so you’ll burn more fat while toning up. Feel the results the first week, see the toned abs start to show in the third.
Perform the exercises as a circuit
For maximum fat burning, perform the exercises as a circuit: Do one set of each move in the order shown, resting for 30 seconds between exercises. Then rest for a minute and repeat the circuit from the beginning. Work up to three circuit sets per workout – it’ll take some time but it’ll be a cinch later on and you’ll want to add more circuits after. Follow this interval training program three times a week after your core workout. It’ll fire up your metabolism and burn off the fat that’s hiding your abs.
Benefits of interval training
Intervals training provides short bursts of maximum intensity effort that if you’re doing it right you won’t be able to carry on a conversation. The intervals are separated by periods of easy pace recovery. In a recent study, women who cranked out high intensity interval training three days a week for 15 weeks dropped significantly more weight than those who exercised for the same period of time at a lower intensity.
Remember to include warm up and cool down
For this interval workout, remember to include an easy 3 to 5 minute warm up and cool down. You can run, bike, or use the cardio machine of your choice.
The Workout Plan
- Start with 6 reps and work up to 10 reps per exercise
- Rest as little as possible between exercise and circuits; for maximum benefit, train to rest up to only a minute between circuits
1. The Plank
Starting at the top of a push up position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for 60 seconds. If you can’t make it to 60 seconds, hold for 5 to 10 seconds and rest for 5 seconds, continuing for 1 minute. Focus on form: Don’t drop your hips or raise your butt.
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