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A 12 Minute Kick-Butt Ab Routine

This 12 minute ab routine will strength, shape, and tone your core.

18 year fitness pro and owner of Prescriptive Fitness Sandy Sklar put together this routine that will have your core tight and strong in no time.

Why is a strong core so important? Think of your core muscles as the primary link connecting your upper and lower body. Whether you're hitting a tennis ball kicking a soccer ball or vacuuming, the motions either originate in your core, or move through it.

No matter where a motion in your body starts, it moves through the chain; thus, weak or inflexible core muscles can impair how well your arms and legs function - making it more difficult to move. Properly strengthening your improves your mobility and power - it also enhances balance and stability. Practically speaking - a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything you do. 

To strengthen your core, give this routing a try. Do each of the 6 moves, 30 seconds each, for 4 rounds

 
 
 
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Plank Up / Downs 

  1. Begin in a full plank. Lower your right elbow to the mat and then your left, coming into an elbow plank.
  2. Put your right hand on the mat, and straighten your right elbow. Do the same on the left to return to a full plank.

V-up Leg lifts

  1. Lie on your back and extend your arms behind your head (place on the floor for additional support). Keep your feet together and toes pointed.
  2. Keep your legs straight and lift them up as you simultaneously raise your upper body off the floor. Keep your core tight as you reach for your toes with your hands. Slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position.

Elbow Plank & Reach

  1. Start face down on the floor resting on your forearms and knees.
  2. Push off the floor, raising up off your knees onto your toes and resting mainly on your elbows.
  3. Contract your abdominals to keep yourself up and prevent your booty from sticking up.
  4. Keep your back flat — don't let it droop or you'll be defeating the purpose. Picture your body as a long straight board, or plank
  5. Reach forward, alternating hands

Alternating Leg V-Ups

  1. Lie on your back and extend your arms behind your head (place on the floor for additional support). Keep your feet together and toes pointed.
  2. Keep your legs straight and alternate lifting each leg as you simultaneously raise your upper body off the floor. Keep your core tight as you reach for your toes with your hands. Slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position.

 

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