PS: You can do it right in your living room.
If you're anything like me, you save the abs portion of your workout for the very end—which usually means that, by the time you're actually done with cardio, you just want to go home and eat dinner...and skip any and all crunches or planks.
Unfortunately, if you have any sort of abs-centric goals, this strategy isn't the most helpful. The fix? Having a set ab routine—specifically one you can do anywhere, without equipment—instead of just heading to the mat and doing bicycle crunches until you can't possibly do any more.
That's where Carrie Dorr, founder and former CEO of Pure Barre comes into play. Dorr shared her 10-minute ab routine, which is part of her Life Smart program, with Health. In the video above, she walks you through the workout, which includes variations on planks, crunches, and other ab-toning moves.
Of course, one of the most important parts of any workout is the warmup, so Dorr starts off with a quick 30-second cardio burst to get your heart pumping a bit. After that, she dives right into the ab routine.
First up: A few plank variations, which can help with everything from preventing back pain to sculpting your waistline. Then, she moves on to crunch variations, which can work abdominals, obliques, and hips. Up next are leg lifts, and then on to side plank variations. Side planks, as well as the next few exercises, will make you feel the burn in your obliques.
Finally, for the last move, you’ll curl your chin to your chest and do alternating leg extensions. For the warm-down, Dorr takes to a few of her favorite yoga poses: Cobra Pose and Cat-Cow Pose, to stretch out your midsection after working its so hard.
Friendly tip: You're definitely going to feel how hard your abs worked after this workout, so take it eay on the core work for a few days following this workout. But once your abs are feeling ready to go again, give it another try, and work your way up to a super-toned core.
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