Ab Workout

I always feel so inadequate when I can’t think of clever titles. But in all seriousness, this post is about an ab workout–so while my title isn’t creative or thought-inducing, at least it’s straightforward and concise.

Now that I’ve justified my choice of title, I will explain my most recent ab workout! HORRAY FOR FITNESS! Since I’ve been somewhat addicted to exercising for some time now, I’m surprised that I haven’t written more fitness-related blog posts. Mainly I just haven’t had the time, and also because I’m not very good at planning, tracking, or recording my workouts. Unless I’m traveling or sick or otherwise occupied, I try to exercise every day, but that’s the only consistency in my workout habits.

So earlier this week, I went to the gym in between classes and randomly put together this ab workout as I went along. The next day my abs were so sore that I had trouble sitting up in bed when I woke up, and my fellow fitness fanatics will agree that this is the best feeling ever.

Then surprisingly enough when I went to the gym today with the intention of working abs again, I remembered my workout from the other day, and that made me ridiculously excited so I repeated it today and decided I should share it with the world.

Equipment you’ll need: Ab wheel, cable machine, 4kg kettlebell, 8kg dumbbell,14kg dumbbell.

(Keep in mind these weights are in kilograms, not pounds. This confused the life out of me the first time I went to the gym in the UK. Damn you, America, for being different than everywhere else in the world. But 1 kg is roughly two times heavier than 1 lb, if that makes it easier.)

(Also keep in mind that these weights will differ depending on your fitness level, so obviously use whatever weight works for you.)

Circuit 1: repeat 3 times

  • 10 rollouts using the ab wheel
  • 10 bent legged jacknifes using 8kg dumbbell
  • 40 russian twists using 8kg dumbbell
  • 10 flutter kicks
  • 10 straight leg sit-ups using 8kg dumbbell

Circuit 2: repeat 3 times

  • 10 standing oblique crunches on each side using 14 kg dumbbell
  • 10 standing oblique crunches on each side, with 14 kg dumbbell in front of your leg
  • 10 standing oblique crunches on each side, with 14 kg dumbbell behind your leg
  • 10 standing oblique crunches on each side using 14 kg dumbbell
  • 10 crossover swings on each side using 4 kg kettlebell

3 sets of 10 on each side

  • oblique crossovers using cable machine

Do each of these one time and you’re done!

  • 10 oblique crunches on each side (in plank position)
  • 40 crossover crunches on each side
  • 20 heel touches
  • 20 leg raises w/ hip raise
  • 40 bicycle crunches
  • 20 swivel planks on each side

So that’s the workout–If you do the whole thing through with the right amount of weight I promise your core will be on fire. Some of the moves I listed go by multiple different names, so I apologize if it is confusing.

Also I apologize that this post has no pictures..it looks so lifeless and boring without any visuals and that makes me sad. But the gym is my happy and peaceful place so I never bring my phone to avoid distractions, therefore I can’t take any photos. And no, it’s not weird that I think working out is peaceful. Again, fellow fitness fanatics will agree.

However I did need to set a featured image for the header of this post, and since I have no pictures that are relevant to an ab workout, I went with a picture of some beautiful berries I picked from my backyard this past summer. It may seem super random, but eating the right food is just as important to a healthy lifestyle as exercising is. And tell me those berries aren’t absolutely gorgeous.

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