There is always an occasion for a strong set of abs, whether it’s for a little black dress, a bathing suit or casual get together with friends. “I don’t want six-pack abs,” said nobody ever. Today is the day you start (or maybe maintain) your impressive core.
This Hot5 Yoga Abs Flow Workout with Miranda will focus on every inch of your middle. She will lead you through a series of exercises that will leave no core muscle unturned. From the origin of the muscle to the insertion of the muscle, Miranda will get every fiber of the muscles involved. She makes it look easy, so remember to work at your own pace and focus on your breathing as you do these moves.
For the most effective results, perform each exercise for 1 minute and try to complete the circuit 3 to 5 times.
1. Rowboat Crunch
Start with a neutral spine position and pull your knees into your chest as you bring your chest up to meet your knees. Your arms should stay in an extended position. Remember to keep your core completely engaged throughout this exercise.
2. Oblique Crunches
In a seated position, pull both knees into your chest and shift your weight over to one side of your glutes. Extend both legs out away from your chest, then pull them back into your chest. Do this twice on the same side then swing around to the other side and extend both legs out away from your chest then pull them back into your chest twice on this side. Repeat.
3. Slow Double Curl
Lie on your back with your head lifted and knees hugged into your chest. Extend your arms up next to your ears and then extend your legs out to a diagonal position. From here, sweep your arms around to your sides and then bring your knees into your chest. Extend your arms out and then extend your legs back to the diagonal. Continue the movement pattern again and again.
4. Plank Lift Squeeze A
Starting in a side plank position, bend your top leg, driving the knee in towards your chest. Straighten the top leg and bring the bottom knee to the floor. From here, lift your top leg up and then lower it and get back into a side plank. Repeat from the top.
5. Plank Lift Squeeze B
Starting in a side plank position on the other side, bend your top leg, driving the knee in towards your chest. Straighten the top leg and bring the bottom knee to the floor. From here, lift your top leg up and then lower it and get back into a side plank. Repeat from the top.
This yoga abs flow workout will strengthen your core and abs more effectively than crunches or the ab machines at the gym. Every move in this workout uses the whole length of the muscles, giving you the definition that will make heads turn.
To follow along with the workout on your phone, download the Hot5 Fitness App for your iPhone.