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Ab workouts don’t get rid of belly fat. and neither does walking, lol.
Kickboxing is a good workout, for cardio and core strength but again.. it doesn’t target belly fat.
Also, to clarify: cutting down on salty foods and carbonated drinks reduces bloat, not fat. The scale subsequently goes down because you have lost water weight - not fat.
Don’t get me wrong, all of these are great tips for fat loss, but not fat loss in the stomach. You can’t spot reduce.
Friendly reminder..fat loss doesn’t happen “fast”. Permanent weightloss takes time, dedication and patience. :)
ATTENTION ALL GIRLS: We ALL know that the lower stomach is one of the very hardest places to burn fat and tone.
These are some terrific exercises to do in the morning and at night to burn those hard to tone areas!
Do this every morning when you wake up, and every night before you sleep. I guarantee you’ll see results in a week flat!
Yoga For Your Abs
1. Sit with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Grasp your legs under your thighs, slightly above your knees.
2. Lean back slightly. Lift your feet off the floor so that your shins are parallel to the floor. Press the sides of your feet together.
3. Extend your arms straight out in front of your at shoulder height, with palms facing up.
4. Straighten and raise your legs toward the ceiling until your body forms a V shape.
Rock roll push-up
1. Begin in plank.
2. Draw your right knee up, bringing your kneecap toward your nose.
3. Draw your right thigh up toward the midline of your body.
4. Point the toes of your right foot, and squeeze your raised right leg into your body.
5. Repeat on the opposite side.
1. Begin in seated staff.
2. Press down into your hands. Lift your legs and hips off the floor.
3. Bring the soles of your feet toward the floor so your ankles, hips, and shoulders make a straight, diagonal line.
4. Allow your head to drop back slightly so your chin points toward the ceiling.
1. From downward-facing dog, step your right foot forward between your hands, aligning your knee over your heel.
2. Lower your left knee towards, but not touching, the floor.
3. Raise your torso and lift your arms overhead, drawing your shoulder blades down your back.
4. Repeat on opposite side.
1. Lie belly down, toes and forehead pressing gently into the floor.
2. Place your palms next to your body along the sides of your chest, with your elbows bent and your fingers pointing straight ahead.
3. Press down into your palms, curling your shoulders and chest off the floor.
Ready to Challenge Your Plank? Here’s 7 ways:
- Get low: Instead of balancing on your hands in a straight-arm position, bend your elbows and lower onto your forearms into dolphin plank. This plank variation targets your core and arms even more. Be sure to engage your abdominals to prevent straining your lower back, and if it’s too intense, lower one or both knees to the floor.
- Get up, get down: Instead of holding in a straight-arm position or an elbow plank position, alternate between the two. To do the up-down plank exercise, begin in the basic plank position with arms and legs straight. Lower your right forearm to the floor, and then your left (now you’re in elbow plank), then come back onto your right hand, and then onto your left. Repeat this for 10 reps, and then reverse directions, lowering the left forearm first and then the right and so on for 10 more reps. To effectively work your arms and core, keep your torso as still as possible and avoid rocking too much from side to side.
Keep reading for five more ways to challenge your plank.
- Get lIfted: Balancing on your hands and feet in the basic plank is a fairly stable stance, so try lifting one foot off the floor and holding your leg extended behind you a few inches from the ground. The instability will challenge your core, and lifting your leg will also tone your tush.
- Get extended: Lifting one leg off the ground is tough, but to make yourself even more wobbly, which ends up tremendously working your core, lift the opposite arm at the same time. Balancing with opposite limbs extended is a great way to add intense shoulder and upper back toning to the basic plank.
- Go sideways: Turn your plank on its side and balance on your right hand and the outside edge of your right flexed foot. This move will tone your arms and obliques and get rid of love handles. Check out this video for some side-plank variations.
- Get rolling: Exercises done on an exercise ball are great for an unstable surface, and doing plank on a ball is no exception. Try this variation: come into an elbow plank position, placing your forearms on the top of the ball. Keeping your body in a straight line and your core strong, use your arms to roll the ball in small counterclockwise circles (here’s a video demonstrating how). Do five circles in this direction and five clockwise. This counts as one set. Complete three sets without any breaks if you can.
- Reverse it: Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you and your feet together. Place your hands six to eight inches behind you with fingertips pointing toward your feet. Squeeze your inner thighs together, press into your hands and feet, and lift your hips off the floor. Lower your head between your shoulder blades and gaze behind you. Known as Intense East in the yoga world, this plank variation is sure to tone your tush and the backs of your legs.
OOh I’ve done this!
AB RIPPER X: 25 reps each
- In & Outs
- Bicycle (2 sets, one forward, one backward)
- Seated Crunchy Frog
- Cross Leg/Wide Leg Sit-up (Not shown)
- Fifer Scissor
- Hip Rock’N Raise
- Pulse Up
- Rollup/V-Up Combo
- Oblique V-up
- Leg Climb
- Mason Twist (50 reps, not shown)
Stretch before and after.