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Me, today. 6.28.12. Day 4 of the Anywhere Workout Challenge – Abs

Today was a stressful day at work, the kind of day where 10 fire hoses going at max blast doesn’t seem to put out the flames. So, I’ll admit, I stress ate a bit.. ok a lot. BUT I did make sure to do it healthily, snacking on rice crackers or apple and organic peanut butter, almonds and organic granola. Still, I felt bloated and lazy before my workout – All the more reason to go and get myself in gear. So today I focused on my stomach.

– V-sit sweep: Fold your exercise band in 1/2. And sit on the ground, holding the band underneath your straightened legs (around mid ham string). Raise your legs, keeping them as straight as possible so that you’re making a V shape. Bend your legs, and bring your knees in towards your chest, chest up to the sky. Sweep your arms from under your legs to over, then back under and then straighten and lower your legs. Do this 20 times in one set, and then 5 sets, the burn is awesome.

– V-sit twist: folding your band in 1/2 and holding each end in your hand, assume the V-sit position. Keeping your chest high and whole back straight – preventing from caving in, twist at the hips from side to side, touching your hand on the ground. 3 sets of 25 and you’ll be burnin up a storm

– Plank Army “Crawl”: in a plank position with feet together and whole body straight, raise one leg to the side and bend at the hip trying to touch your knee to your elbow. Alternate sides doing 15 on each to complete one set, making sure to initiate the movement with your obliques, not your thighs. Do 4 sets and feel your love handles melt!

– Plank cross body hold: From plank position, keep your abs and back tight and raise one opposite hand and foot slowly, making small adjustments in your back and not letting your hips sag keeping the straight line throughout your whole body. Hold for 30 seconds each, and 4 times and it’ll burn.

– Side Crunch: Lay on one side with one arm tucked under your head and one in front of you to for balance. Be sure your hips are perpendicular to the ground and your body is perfectly straight. Pull up with the side of  your rib cage and the top of your hips, making sure not to bend forward or back at all. You should feel that oblique burn like a mofo after 3, 30 second holds on each side.

– Good Ole Bicycles: On your back, knees bent 90 degrees and hands behind your neck. Twist to raise a knee and touch it to the opposite elbow. Important note: most people raise their legs higher to reach their elbow, try to twist more blowing out your breadth so that your elbow comes to reach your knee right over your hips. Do 4 sets of 20.

It’s a core blasting day! Melt those inches away anywhere, no gym needed.


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