Don’t feel like like going to the
floor to give your abs an awesome workout? No problem! This workout will
have your core burning big time without ever going to the floor! Make
this workout your go-to if you don’t have a comfortable surface to lay
on, don’t want to get down on a floor that’s seen a lot of foot traffic,
or just want to mix up your ab routine.
The 4 ab exercises are:
Punches – Place your legs about shoulder width apart and twist your
upper body, throwing a punch with your arm. Then twist the other
direction and punch with your other arm. Your feet should stay mostly
stationary, with just a little twist of the same foot of the arm that is
punching to allow the body to twist.
2. Front Kicks – Keep one leg
planted and kick out with the other leg, focusing on contracting your
abs when you kick. Alternate legs after each kick. Be sure you have
plenty of space to do this exercise and don’t kick anything or anyone!
Standing Marches – Start with both hands straight up in the air and
bring one knee all the way up while bringing your arms down, keeping
your hands above your elbows and near your body, so your elbows and knee
line up, with your knee in between both arms. As you do this, squeeze
your abs. Return to the starting position and do the same thing with
your other knee, and continue to alternate knees.
4. Standing Cross Crunch:
to Elbow Variant – Bring one arm up so your elbow is at chest height
and your hand is above your elbow, and bring your opposite knee up while
bringing that arm down so your elbow meets your knee (don’t hit them
together hard). As you do this, squeeze your abs. Return them back to
their starting point and do the same thing with your other knee and
elbow, and continue to alternate.
Extended Leg Variant – Kick one
of your legs straight out, keeping your leg as straight as possible, and
reach out to touch the toes of that leg with your opposite hand.
Alternate legs and arms throughout the workout.
Don’t worry if you
can’t kick super high or touch your toes when you do this workout, just
make sure you are doing the range of motion that you are able to do and
engaging your abs with each move.