As we navigate a global pandemic and everything else going on in the world right now, we need to stay motivated to move our bodies, both for the physical and mental benefits. That’s why I worked with my friend and trainer Michelle Kuhnreich to put together four videos of workouts you can do anywhere. We made these in Vancouver before isolation began and will be rolling them out every Monday for the next four weeks. First up: Abs.
As you’ll see in the video below, this workout is fast and efficient. It’s made up of three core exercises that will strengthen your abdomen, pelvis, and obliques. The best part is that it only takes three minutes, so you can do it at home, the gym, or while traveling. Along with a flatter stomach, the exercises will give you better balance and stability, which is very important.
Watch the video and check out the step-by-step instructions below, and then get crunching. Let me know how you did. (You’ll see in the video that I was pretty out of breath by the end.) I hope your abs burn in a good way!
Workouts You Can Do Anywhere: Abs
60 seconds each
Lying on your back, place your hands behind your head, supporting your neck with your fingers. Lift your knees to your chest, making sure your abs are tucked in and the small of your back is touching the floor. Lifting your shoulder blades off the floor, keep elbows wide and bring your right shoulder to your left knee as you extend your other leg straight out. Switch sides, bringing your left shoulder to your right knee. Alternate sides for one minute.
Spider-Man Mountain Climbers
Start in a high-plank position, with your hands under your shoulders and feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your core engaged, lift one knee toward the opposite elbow, slightly twisting to fire up your obliques. Repeat with the opposite leg. Alternate back and forth for one minute.
Double Leg Drop
Lying flat on your back, with your hands behind your head, crunch up while bringing your legs up, perpendicular to the ground. Lower your feet back down. Keep shoulders relaxed and avoid lowering legs too low to the ground. If your lower back begins to lift, keep the movement smaller. Repeat for one minute.
Note: You should only feel these exercises in your belly, not in your lower back. If you do, take a moment to make sure your back is flat on the floor rather than arched.