5 Super-Tough Exercises For Abs Of Steel
We’re swinging into holiday season and that brings all those fears of getting into that teeny weeny bikini! However, if you get to it now and start doing these exercises, you’ll have a washboard stomach in no time. Using a medicine ball is a great way to up the endurance of your work out and get results faster. Try out these 5 exercises next time you’re at the gym.
Lie flat on your back with legs straight and arms stretched overhead, holding a medicine ball with both hands. Use your core to lift your hands and feet simultaneously toward the ceiling until your body is in a “V” position. At the top of the “V,” pass the ball from your hands to your feet. Holding the ball between your feet, slowly lower your arms and legs down to the floor. Raise your body back into a “V,” pass the ball from your feet to your hands and return to the start position. That’s one rep. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
2. Straight-Leg Sit-Up
Lie flat on your back, holding a medicine ball in both hands with arms straight so that the ball is directly above your hips. Engage your core and lift your torso while raising your arms straight over your head. At the top of the motion, your body should be in an L-shape. Return to the start position with control and repeat 10 to 15 times.
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a medicine ball with both hands in front of your body. Push your hips back, lowering the medicine ball between your legs. Swing the ball in front of you while pushing hips forward until the ball is above your head. Push hips back again, lowering the ball toward the ground. That’s one rep. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
4. Reaching Romanian Deadlift
Stand on your right leg, holding a medicine ball in both hands. With your right knee slightly bent, bend forward at the hips, raising your left foot straight back and your arms straight out in front of you. Keep reaching until your body forms a straight line. Return to the start position. Repeat 10 to 15 times, then switch sides.
5. Tight Rotation
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Hold a medicine ball in front of your body with arms straight. Quickly twist from your hips to the left, pointing the ball 1 foot toward the left corner. Then twist to the right, pointing the ball 1 foot toward the right corner, switching back and forth as quickly as possible. That’s one rep. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
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