wellness wednesday: at home ab workout
For today’s wellness wednesday post, I’m really excited to share an awesome ab workout you can do at home, in a hotel, in a gym, or wherever you are! In case you haven’t seen already, I share lots of workouts on my instagram stories (and save them to my “fitness” highlights!). I always get such a great response from y’all about those workouts so I figured it was time to start adding them to the blog.
I try to do a core workout at least 3 times a week! It typically involves 3 or 4 different exercises, and I do each exercise 3 times. Today’s at home ab workout has 4 exercises in it, and you will do each exercise 3 times through. This workout will target your core strength, ab muscles, and obliques. I am now 12 weeks post partum and definitely still working on getting my core strength back! These exercises have helped me a ton, but I still have a long ways to go! I definitely lost a lot of my core strength / ab muscles during pregnancy and then the 6 week post partum period!
Move #1: Shoulder taps – 30
Start off in a plank position – hands underneath your shoulders. Tap your left shoulder with your right hand without letting your rock (do your best to keep your hips square and even. you accomplish this by engaging your core). Then, tap your right shoulder with your left hand. Continue alternating your taps until you get to 30 (15 per side). Make sure you keep your core engaged this whole time. If you find that your hips are rocking back and forth, try stepping your feet apart a little bit wider.
Move #2: Russian twists – 40 [20 per side]
Grab a dumbell (or you can do it without any weight!), and sit in a boat position with your feet barely tapping the floor. Hold the dumbell in the middle and then twist to one side, then twist to the other side, keeping your core engaged the whole time. Repeat this until you get to 40 – 20 per side. This is a great move to target your oblique muscles! I usually use about a 10lb weight but just find what works for you.
Move #3: knee to opposite elbow – 30 [15 per side]
Start in a plank position with your hands under your shoulders, core engaged. Bring your right knee up to your left elbow, then return to plank position. Bring your left knee to your right elbow, then return to plank position. Repeat this movement until you have done 15 on each side. This is a great exercise for core strength and targeting your obliques!
Move #4: Toe taps – 30
Lay on your back and put your legs up at a 90-degree angle. Engage your core, reach (or “crunch”) up and get as close to tapping your toes as you can, then return your upper body to the floor. Repeat this movement 30 times. This is a great move for your upper abs.
After you have done all 4 of these moves, repeat the entire set for a total of 3 times (so, you will do each move 3 times). The entire workout should take less than 15 minutes, depending on how long you take to rest in between sets!
Outfit details: leggings | crop top / bra | adidas sneakers | black mat
If you do this workout at home or the gym or wherever, tag me in your stories! I love seeing that you guys are also feelin’ the burn with these workouts! Like I said, I feel like I’m starting at square 1 with rebuilding my core strength after pregnancy…but you gotta start somewhere!
Thanks for reading!