#MotivationalMondays- March Madness Abdominals

The only reason I am hypersensitive to “March Madness” is for the sheer fact that a game happens to be on whether I’m at the gym, bar, restaurant, or my own home.

I never knock sports, I’m just a neutral existentialist. I don’t choose sides, I don’t paint my face with warrior paint, and I certainly don’t de-robe for a naked victory lap after drinking an entire keg when my team wins. If you haven’t been able to tell by all my previous posts, I am a 98% girly girl and 2% tomboy. (Reason being, my workouts are like testosterone to me.)

I have to credit some of the following moves in today’s post to the great Tony Horton, creator of p90x. Without him, I don’t think I’d even know what the letter “X” was. This has also lead to me writing anything beginning with x in caps recently, which is a habit I should probably kick before anymore employers add me to their blacklist. (Not really, but you know, I’m weird…so…)

Enjoy these burn, baby, burn abs! You’ll be swishing in your mini skirts and bikinis before you know it! Let’s make it a goal to show off our midriffs this summer season without any shame! 🙂

1. The Teapot. Self explanatory. Weight is optional, but since I go for more “T” than “E”, 10 lbs. is my weapon of choice. Begin standing holding one weight at side. Bring other arm up to side of head (in teapot shape). Slowly lower weight to just above knee and back up. Repeat 15 times each side.

2. The Great Cyclist. Begin in sitting position. Raise legs up to a 90 degree angle. Begin “cycling” legs. You can either have arms outstretched in front or behind you resting. Repeat this 25 times forward and 25 times backwards.

3. Goliath Hold. If you’re bored with planks, this is a great move to incorporate. It challenges all the side abs as well as the middle. Hold plank position for 10 seconds, then slowly raise one arm parallel with ear. Hold for another 10. Repeat on both sides 6-8 times.

4. Rocket Power. This is Tony’s classic “heels to the heavens” move, but I like to think of it as a rocket taking off. Try to get hips and legs off the floor in one smooth motion. If you need support, those hands work wonders! Make sure your legs don’t go too far over your head. The goal is to be as straight as possible. This really works deep into your lower abdominal muscles. Obviously, even I’m not perfect as you can see my legs are more like a see-saw than a rocket. Perform these 25 times.

5. Both Sides Created Equal Hold. What you do to the front, you must do to the back. Back muscles and abs muscles function together. You will not get abs by doing 10,000 crunches. Back exercises must be performed in conjunction with most abs exercises. Basically, this is just a reverse plank hold. Start sitting with feet outstretched, hands placed behind. Lift up into a hold, head looking forward or at ceiling. (just be careful if you have a weak neck/back muscles)

What are you doing to prepare for summer? Do you have any goals? It’s never too late to start planning! 

Peace, love, and midriffs!

~C.C.D.

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