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4 Abs Moves For Women Who Hate Crunches

posted in Health & Fitness
12/02/2016
  • This 10-minute routine will work the key muscles that can improve your strength and endurance. Do 12 reps of each move, one after the next, with no rest. Repeat for another set. Work up to 3 sets, 3 times a week and you’re golden.

    This 10-minute routine will work the key muscles that can improve your strength and endurance. Do 12 reps of each move, one after the next, with no rest. Repeat for another set. Work up to 3 sets, 3 times a week and you’re golden.

  • 1. Rotating Side Plank

Start in a push-up position. Balance on your right hand and extend your left arm toward the ceiling. Place your left foot on top of your right, resting on the edges of your feet. Hold for 1 to 2 seconds. Roll back to center, then balance on your left arm so that you’re in side plank facing the opposite direction. Hold for 1 to 2 seconds; roll back to center. That’s one rep.
    1. Rotating Side Plank

    Start in a push-up position. Balance on your right hand and extend your left arm toward the ceiling. Place your left foot on top of your right, resting on the edges of your feet. Hold for 1 to 2 seconds. Roll back to center, then balance on your left arm so that you’re in side plank facing the opposite direction. Hold for 1 to 2 seconds; roll back to center. That’s one rep.
  • 2. Cobra Lift
Lie facedown, legs extended, arms out and back about 45 degrees, palms down. Contract your glutes, squeeze your shoulder blades together, press your legs into the floor, and lift as much of your torso up as far as you can (this may be just your chest), rotating your arms so your thumbs point to the ceiling. Keep your neck straight. Pause. Return to start position.

    2. Cobra Lift

    Lie facedown, legs extended, arms out and back about 45 degrees, palms down. Contract your glutes, squeeze your shoulder blades together, press your legs into the floor, and lift as much of your torso up as far as you can (this may be just your chest), rotating your arms so your thumbs point to the ceiling. Keep your neck straight. Pause. Return to start position.
  • 3. Dead Bug
Lie on your back, arms extended toward the ceiling, legs perpendicular to the floor. Bend your knees 90 degrees. Brace your core so that your back is flat. Slowly lower your left arm and right leg simultaneously, your arm reaching toward your head and leg straight, until your lower back starts to lift. Return to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side. That’s one rep.

    3. Dead Bug

    Lie on your back, arms extended toward the ceiling, legs perpendicular to the floor. Bend your knees 90 degrees. Brace your core so that your back is flat. Slowly lower your left arm and right leg simultaneously, your arm reaching toward your head and leg straight, until your lower back starts to lift. Return to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side. That’s one rep.
  • 4. Single Leg Bridge

Lie on your back, arms out to your sides, palms down, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor close to your butt. Squeeze your glutes and raise your hips to create a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Raise and extend your left leg, keeping your hips level. Lower back to start, with your butt on the floor. Repeat on the opposite side. That’s one rep.
    4. Single Leg Bridge

    Lie on your back, arms out to your sides, palms down, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor close to your butt. Squeeze your glutes and raise your hips to create a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Raise and extend your left leg, keeping your hips level. Lower back to start, with your butt on the floor. Repeat on the opposite side. That’s one rep.

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