Spring is here. This season is a special one– longer days, thriving floral landscapes, and of course, summer-body preparation.
In no time at all, we will find ourselves poolside, rocking the bathing suit of our dreams.
With proper nutrition, regular exercise, and body-positive thinking, your bikini-ready figure isn’t so far off. In lieu of Women’s History Month, it is important to acknowledge that women have historically been made to feel like they are not enough. Well ladies, the self-shame and comparative thinking are officially retired. Today more than ever, we crave empowered women to empower women.
Empower yourself to make the necessary life changes to achieve your health and fitness goals and empower others to do the same. Not sure where to begin? Start with this killer ab workout circuit and say hello to the bikini that has been buried in your closet for far too long. Today is your day.
30 SECONDS ON, 10 SECONDS OFF
Do each of the following 6 exercises for 30 seconds each. Take a quick 10-second break between each and do as many rounds as you can. Get ready to feel the burn. While these exercises reflect a beginner ab workout circuit, you can always add weight to take the challenge up a notch.
- BICYCLES – SLOW
Lay on your back and take your elbow to the opposite knee, keeping the alternate leg fully extended and hovering just 6 inches above the ground. Alternate until your 30 seconds is up and be sure to move slow for a more intense burn.
- LEG RAISES
Lay on your back and keep your hands by your side. You can even nudge them under your body slightly. Keep your feet together and your legs straight, taking them from 6 inches above the ground to perpendicular to the floor. Continue raising and lowering until the time is up.
Begin in your plank position. One arm at a time, lower down to your elbows and then back up to your hands. This core exercise is intense, so be sure to breathe and take it as slow as you need!
- SIDE PLANK – RIGHT SIDE
Take your right side plank from your hand or your elbow. With your feet stacked and legs fully extended to the side, you can lift your top leg if you are feeling stable and looking for an extra challenge.
- SIDE PLANK – LEFT SIDE
Take your left side plank from your hand or your elbow. With your feet stacked and legs fully extended to the side, you can lift your top leg if you are feeling stable and looking for an extra challenge.
- RUSSIAN TWISTS
Sitting down, create a V shape with your legs and back. With your feet hovered slightly above the ground, twist your hands and upper body from left to right. This movement is small and will target your obliques. For a more intense workout, add weight to your hands and lift your feet higher off of the ground.