It’s time to challenge your mid-section - summer is here – hallelujah! Long lazy lunches, cocktail parties and probably a fair amount of over-indulgence are all par for the course. And while your core remains relatively easy to train – the results (aka a strong core and a bikini ready body) can remain elusive, especially with all of the summer activities thrown into the mix.
“Cardio, although vital to your fitness, doesn’t always tone those harder to reach places, like your stomach muscles - these areas need more focused exercises,” says Adventure Boot Camp franchisee owner and trainer, Michelle Rozowsky.
To assist you on your zero to hero bikini mission, Rozowsky has put together an ab focused exercise routine to ensure you’re beach ready for the December break.
Get into a press up position so your hands are directly under your chest at shoulder width apart, with straight arms. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Lift your right foot off the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can. Return to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. Do 20 – 40 climbers and repeat a few times.
Again, get into a press up position with your body forming a straight line from top to bottom. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms. Your elbows should be directly beneath your shoulders, and your body should form a straight line from your head to your feet. Hold the position for as long as you can. Your goal should be to hold it for two minutes.
To begin, sit with your feet on the floor and knees bent. Hold your arms straight in front of you with the fingers entwined. Lean back approximately 45 degrees, and then twist side to side from your waist. For a more advanced option, hold a weight while twisting. Do 3 sets of 20 twists.