It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two months since I’ve started the Best Body Bootcamp. Bootcamp is coming to an end this week, but I know that all the new moves that I’ve learned over these weeks will be making lots of appearances in my everyday workouts. Since I’m not one to keep quiet about things that I am loving, I feel like I need to share some of these moves, because they kicked my booty and they will kick yours too! Since summer is just around the corner, I will start with abs!
1. Plank with Leg Lifts.
2. Mountain Climbers.
Start in a push-up position with your arms completely straight, slightly wider than your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles. Lift your foot off the floor and raise your knee as close to your chest as you can without allowing your lower back to round. Alternate legs.
3. Oblique V-Ups.
Lie on your left side, legs angled 30 degrees from your hips. Rest your left arm on the floor and put your right hand behind your head. Lift your straight legs off the floor, bringing your torso toward your legs. Slowly return to start. Do 15-20 reps and switch sides.
4. Bicycle Crunches.
Lie flat on the floor with your hands behind your ears. Raise your legs about 6 inches off the floor and bring your shoulders up, so that your arms are in a wide V. Next, use your abs to drive your right elbow toward your left knee, release, and then drive your left elbow toward your right knee. Alternate sides.
5. Stability Ball Roll Ins.
Start by placing your feet on a stability ball with your upper body in a straight arm plank position. Using your abs, pull your knees into your chest while your legs roll along the ball. Slowly return to start and repeat.
6. Stability Ball Roll Outs.
Kneel with you hands on the stability ball in front of you. Slowly roll your hands, then arms along the ball while keeping your back straight. Flow through the motion until you are extended like in the second picture. Return to the first position.
7. Oblique Twist.
Sit on the floor holding a medicine ball or weight with both hands out in front of your abs with your arms slightly bent. Lean back slightly with your upper body and elevate your legs off the floor. Rotate from side to side and touch the floor on each side.
8. Scissor Kicks
Llie on you back pressed against the floor with you arms fully extended at your sides, with palms face down. Lift your legs up so that your heels are about 6 inches off the ground with a slight bend at the knee. Now lift your left leg slightly higher while your right leg is lowered until the heel is about 2-3 inches from the ground. Alternate legs.
What are your favorite ab/core exercises? Are there any moves you hate?