Standing Abs: More fun & no more sore necks!

22 Jan

This is a great video by Jillian Michaels, perfect for the ladies. Everybody wants a toned & sculpted mid-section, but honestly who wants to do traditional crunches on the floor? They are uncomfortable and a lot of times create unnecessary neck and shoulder strains if performed improperly. Exercising your abs by standing up will prevent injuries and you can do so in a much smaller space needed.

U1st tips:

  1. Make sure to keep your core and butt tight while performing these exercises.
  2. Also, like Jillian mentioned, don’t go crazy on the dumbbell weights just because you can perform them. You want to trim and shape your obliques, not bulge them!
  3. For the high-knees demo, I would keep the arms straight out in front of you, same levels as your shoulders and make sure you are driving your knees high using your abs, instead of your legs.
  4. For women, it is not necessary to increase the weight, but more important to perform high repetitions, so gradually increase reps once you feel comfortable.

For the days you can’t make it to the gym, commit to doing this while you are watching TV or whenever you have the free 10 minutes to do this. There are 1,440 minutes in a day, I’m sure you can spare ten, especially they help improve your abs! 


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