10.18.2011

flatten that belly

It's been awhile since I've posted a workout, probably because I've been slacking in the fitness area. Whoops! I have to remember that just because it's getting colder and layers are being piled on, doesn't mean I should forget about my health. Now that I'm back on track, here is a great tummy workout from Women's Health. It only takes three moves and fifteen minutes, so stop saying you don't have time! 





STABILITY BALL PELVIC TILT CRUNCH


Grab a five- to 10-pound medicine ball (or dumbbell). Lying faceup on a stability ball with your upper back and head pressed against the ball and your feet together on the floor, hold the medicine ball against your chest (a). Brace your abs and crunch up until your shoulders are off the ball. Then reach the ball toward the ceiling (b).Lower it and return to the starting position. Do 12 to 15 rep








STABILITY BALL MOUNTAIN CLIMBER
Assume a plank position with your hands shoulder-width apart on a stability ball (a). Draw your right knee toward your chest (b). Hold for one second, then return to the plank position. Repeat with your left knee. That’s one rep. Do 12 to 15 reps.









THE MATRIX
Grab a five- to 10-pound medicine ball (or dumbbell) and kneel on the floor with your knees hip-width apart. Keep your torso upright and hold the ball against your abs (a). Slowly lean back as far as possible, keeping your knees planted (b). Hold the reclined position for three seconds, then use your core to slowly come up to the starting position. Do 12 to 15 reps.



[images courtesy of Women's Health]

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