A Post-Turkey, Pre-Holiday Party Ab Toning Workout
Burn Boot Camp’s Morgan Kline demonstrates six moves to tighten your midsection.
From Morgan: The holiday season is upon us! Are dinner parties, office treats, gift exchanges and busy schedules hindering you from getting to the gym and staying on track with your fitness goals? Check out these six do-anywhere exercises to tone up and burn body fat during this hectic, sweet-filled time of the year.
For best results, do each exercise for one minute straight for three to four rounds!
1. Plank Toe Taps
Starting in a high plank position with hands shoulder-width apart, heels raised and hips still and in line with your shoulders, slowly take your left leg out wide to the side, tap it with your right hand and then bring it back to the center. Repeat with the right leg and left hand.
2. Steam Engines
Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width and your hands behind your head. Lift your left knee to waist level (or higher) and touch it with your right elbow in a twisting motion. Repeat on opposite side, right knee to left elbow. Be sure to keep your core engaged and open up your shoulders between every rep.
Standing tall with your feet hip-width apart and with your knees slightly bent, jump onto your right foot and pull your left knee up toward your right shoulder. Then, jump onto your left foot and pull your right knee up toward your left shoulder. Keep jumping between feet until set is complete.
4. Star Crunches
Lie down on your back with legs and arms spread out wide. Keeping your core engaged and driving your belly button to your spine, lift your right leg and left arm to meet in the middle. Repeat on the opposite side. Focus on getting your shoulders off the ground by using core muscles.
5. Power Rolls
Starting with your knees slightly bent and tucked into your chest, roll backwards so you’re on your back. From your back, using force and momentum, power roll yourself forward until you land back on your feet. From there, finish the repetition off by jumping up in the air and landing softly in starting position.
6. Standing Oblique Crunches
Standing feet shoulder-width apart with your hands behind your head, lift your left leg while simultaneously crunching your left side, bending to meet your elbow. Come back to the upright position. Repeat on the right side by lifting your right leg to meet your right elbow.