Another week, another fitspo post courtesy of yours truly.
I’m headed to Tulum, Mexico (get excited for devastatingly tropical Instagram posts, ya’ll), and since my Southwest flight confirmation arrived in my inbox, I’ve coincidentally also headed to the gym a great deal more. I tend to go through phases where I get fixated on a body part that I want to transform, and if the title didn’t give it away, my current obsession is getting killer abs.
I recently changed up my routine and ventured to the infamous Trump Tower and worked with one of their personal trainers. Because of course Trump Tower has its own personal trainers. And of course they had the most obscene state-of-the-art equipment, overlooking a perfect view of Chicago. I’ll put it this way: I ran an extra half hour on the treadmill just because I had both my own private air conditioning unit and an insane view of the Chicago River.
Aside from being spoiled rotten for this workout, the personal trainer kicked my butt (abs if we’re being literal), but showed me some moves that promise major definition, toneage and serious sculpting.
Be warned though, it’s a half hour of death via core work, but I’m sucking it up for Mexico, so surely you can stick it out with me!
Bend until your lower back curls up, with your arms wide and behind your head.
This time, go all the way up to your knees. Still keep your arms wide and behind your head.
16 Sit-Ups Without Heels
Same move as before, but this time, pick your feet up.
16 Reverse Crunches
In a similar position, your body will be in a V shape with your butt on the ground. Keeping your torso up, you’ll start with your legs straightened, toes pointing towards the ceiling at an angle and bring your knees to your chest. Straighten and repeat.
16 Butt Ups
With your back on the floor, legs at a 90 degree angle and your hands placed under your butt, press your legs towards the ceiling and a slow and controlled pace. Try not to use momentum to get your legs up, instead focus on using your abs to lift and lower.
16 Jack Knives
Lay on your side, dispersing your weight between your hip and your elbow. Rest your feet at an angle on the floor so your body makes an oversized V shape. With the opposite arm from the one that’s holding your weight, bring your legs towards the ceiling and touch your ankles with that hand. Repeat 16 times, and then switch sides!
32 Straight Leg Bicycles
Think regular bicycles, but do these sitting on a bosu ball, and instead of bending your knees, keep your legs straight and bring them up to the opposite hand, switch sides, and repeat. To add a challenge, put a two pound weight in both hands.
16 Weight Exchanges
Place an 8 pound weight on your shoes. With your butt on the ground, extend your legs at an angle towards the ceiling, and your arms in the opposite direction as your back rolls down to the floor, curving your body into a V shape. Draw your torso and legs in at the same time, exchange the weight from your shoe to your arms, and extend into the V-position. Continue exchanging the weight between balancing on your shoes and in your arms 16 times.
16 Circle Sit Ups
Start in the same position you began butt ups with your back on the floor, and your legs at a 90 degree angle. Place a medicine ball (between 6 and 8) between your legs. Slowly move your legs in a big circular motion. Once you complete 16 rotations, switch directions.
16 Toe Touches
For this one, you’ll be starting in push up position, but balance your forearms on a yoga ball. Pull your left leg up, towards your elbows and then switch sides. Repeat the toe touch 16 times.
Begin in push up position again, but this time with your shins balanced on a yoga ball. Draw the ball in, pushing your butt towards the ceiling, while keeping your legs straight, and then lower to the original position.
Warning: This workout may cause a serious six-pack.
…And maybe tears, but we’ll focus on the six-pack.