Abs Workout

See…I didn’t break my pinky promise! 

At one of the gyms where I teach, I was asked to teach a 15 minute abs class before my Zumba class.  I LOVE teaching abs/core, so I quickly accepted.  I think having a strong core is crucial to your overall health, and, unfortunately, most people skimp on this portion of their workouts. 

Benefits of a strong core:

  • Decreased risk of injury
  • Increased balance
  • Ability to hold proper form not only in core exercises, but also when working other muscle groups
  • Takes pressure off lower back (especially for those who stand all day at work)
  • Better posture

This is one of the workouts I did in my new 15 minute abs class.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

2-3 sets alternating 15 each:

2-3 sets alternating 15 each:

  • side lunge with dumbbell reach overhead (from JM 6 week 6 pack)
  • seated oblique twist with weight

2-3 sets alternating 15 each:

  • plank (40-60 seconds) – on second and/or third set, add leg lift
  • double butterfly crunch

2-3 sets alternating 15 each:

  • spiderman abs (like slow mountain climbers, but bring knee out to the side towards shoulder)
  • side plank oblique pushups

We finished off with about 50 crunches of choice

What is your favorite ab/core move?  What about your least favorite?


1 Response to “Abs Workout”

  1. 1 runningismagical December 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I really like planks…mainly bc they kick my butt. And anything that makes me struggle or work extra hard is a winner in my book! Sounds like you left some people verrry sore!

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