Looking for a quick core workout to beat January? Bring your A-Game and try a 3 minute Ab Blast! This quick workout includes crunches, planks, and air bikes to strengthen your core and tighten your tummy. Here’s how it’s done:
Ab Crunch: The first step in the 3 Minute Ab Blast is the Ab Crunch. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Place your hands behind your ears, and slowly contract your abs, exhaling as you pull yourself up. Be careful not to strain your neck! Hold this position for a few seconds, then come back down slowly. Repeat about 12-15 times.
Plank: Get into the push-up position, keeping everything from your shoulders to your knees straight. Lower your body so your elbows are directly under your shoulders, and rest on your forearms. Hold this position for 45 seconds to a minute. For a more in-depth guide, check out this blog post describing how to do the perfect plank.
Air Bike: Lie flat on your back with your hands behind your head, and bring your knees up so your lower legs are parallel to the floor. Kick your right leg forward, straightening it close to the ground. Bring in your left knee at the same time, and crunch to the side to bring your right elbow towards your left knee. Repeat on the opposite side, and continue this for about 15 reps.
Check out these steps in action in this video, featuring personal trainer Philip Kennedy of FlyeFit Gyms:
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