January 5, 2013

New Year, New You, No Gym

Ok so it’s a New Year, time for a new stomach.

In another post, I’ll give you some exercises that will challenge strength and make you sweat and I’ll even throw a little flexibility in the mix. I’m sure we can all refer to those as the all-around workouts, but for now, it’s time to go a lot lower. Well maybe not that low, but a little lower still.

This set of exercises should be done in steady form. There is no need to rush these exercises; speed isn’t the key here. The thing you will have to battle with is your own mind. So take the proper time to prep your mind.

Leg Raises- This move is classic but essential. Simply lay flat on the ground with your hands at your sides. From here you will lift your legs together until the bottoms of your feet face the ceiling. Hold this for three seconds and then lower your legs but don’t let them touch the floor. That was one rep, do 15.

Alrightty, it’s time for your thirty second break. All right time’s up!

Advanced Leg Raises- This is fairly the same as the standard leg raise but this time you will be lifting your body as well. Picture yourself doing a leg raise and a sit up at the same time. In the end position you should be on the top of your butt. You still hold for about three seconds then lower yourself. Also do fifteen of these.

Alright guys rest up because the next one is a beast!

Blowouts- This one strays away from the whole slow and controlled system. This will also call for a stopwatch. Here you will assume the sit-up position so you might either get a partner or put your feet underneath a couch. From here you will fit as many sit-ups as you can in one minute as possible. Allow up to 45 seconds to recover because trust me the pain will come in 10 seconds after you finish. At least you can weather the storm after you have gotten the workout though. That was one rep, just do 2 to 3 more and this workout is complete.

Whew! Aren’t you glad that’s over? Here, take a minute and thirty to recuperate.

Okay, break’s over it’s time to get back to making your body happy.

Oblique V-ups– What’s having a new stomach without having the full package. It’s Time to work on the sides. Choose a side to lie on and then put your opposite arm on the ground for balance (so if you are laying on left side put your right hand on the ground next to your chest). Bring your legs together and straight just like the leg raises but this time at 90 degrees, so bring them up and forward. Do this fifteen times.

Almost there! This is the last break before the final workout.

Ok, it is time. Are you ready for this?

I thought so.

Cardio- Wait? What? Yes, you read right cardio because not only does this burn the calories from around your body but if you are trying to get abs then you absolutely have to burn the fat that covers your stomach. It is recommended that you get 30 minutes to an hour of cardio in a day. So get out in the sun and jog or if you have a treadmill that’s great, just sweat.

And there you have it! You have taken the all-around workouts and you have gotten even the moves that will transform your stomach. Stick to the path and don’t give up, you have Naysayers to prove wrong. Let that be your motivation.

Good Luck.

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