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“Abs-olutely” Fit: Three Go-to Ab Circuits to Boost Your Core!

 

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Abs. They’re a love/hate relationship. Every aspect of our day involves the use of our abdomen, whether it be sitting, standing, or going for a run. On top of the physical need for a strong abdomen to improve quality of life, ab strength is a mental need for many as well.

You’d be lying if you said you never thought about how your stomach looked in a bathing suit. These thoughts are only natural, especially in a society that so sadly heavily depends on image to designate status. Whether you exercise your abs for personal pleasure, or for a killer beach bod, you know the love/hate relationship with that comes when strengthening your core. It’s a slow, hard process, but you know how great the results can be if you only hang in there.

Because of this, it can sometimes feel like we’re just doing the same thing over & over! I love a new ab workout, but I keep a few close to the core! Here I give you my 3 go-to ab circuits based on fitness level and ab strength.

 

BEGINNER

 

Equipment Needed:

  • None

Circuit (Repeat 2-3x):

  1. 10x Raised-leg crunches

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2.  10x Alternating, cross, side-touch sit-ups

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3. 10x Extended arm V sit-ups

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4. 10x Alternating side heel-touches

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5. 10x Hip raises

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6. 10x Straight leg sit-ups

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INTERMEDIATE

 

Equipment Needed:

  • One 5-10lb weight or medicine ball
  • Phone or watch to keep time

 

Circuit (Repeat 2-3x):

  1. 20x Leg lifts

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2. 20x Straight leg jack-knives

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3. 40x Ab Bikes (20x each side)

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4. 20x Weighted bent-leg jack-knives

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5. 20x Weighted straight-leg situps

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6. One Minute Plank

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ADVANCED

 

Equipment Needed:

  • Bench or equivalent elevated surface
  • One large yoga ball

 

Circuit (Repeat 1-3x):

  1. 20x Leg raises with hip lift

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2. 20x 90 degree toe touches

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3. 20x Elevated leg cross-body toe touches

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4. 20x Straight Leg Jack-knives

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5. 20x Bent leg V-Ups

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6. 20x Reverse crunches on yoga ball

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I encourage you to try all three and push yourself to complete the max round of circuits for each! However, don’t forget, abs aren’t only made in the gym. They are also made in the kitchen, so try to incorporate healthy eating along with exercise into your daily schedule to get the full effect! If you do, you are sure to look “abs-olutely fabulous.”

By: Renee Schiavone

 

 

 

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