Get Bikini Ready Abs!

Looking to get your abs toned and flat for Summer? Now is the time to kick your exercise routine into high gear. With just a few variations of “The Plank” abdominal exercises performed every other day, you can be on your way to a flatter tummy in no time! As always, please consult your physician before you embark upon a new exercise program or routine! can help you achieve your BEST ABS!

Exercise #1: The Basic Plank 

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This exercise engages the entire core. Hold this position for at least 30 seconds for beginners, 1 minute for more advanced. Be sure that your abdominals are scooped under and you are keeping a navel to spine connection while holding. Be careful not to sink in the lower back. Scooping the abdominals in will prevent this from happening. You also want to make sure that your elbows are directly underneath your shoulders. Any positioning other than this will result in shoulder pain and possible injury. Repeat this exercise 3 times.

Exercise #2: The Side Plank

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This exercise focuses more on the sides and oblique abdominal muscles. Hold this position for at least 30 seconds for beginners, 1 minute or more for advanced. Be sure that your feet are stacked one on top of the other. Elbow should be directly below the shoulder. Be careful not to let your hip closest to the floor sag. Repeat this exercise on the other side. Each side 3 times.

Exercise #3: The Advanced Plank

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This advanced variation of the basic plank adds an extra element of balance to the equation. Placing the feet on the flipped Bosu challenges the core even more by adding an instable surface. This exercise should be performed in the same way as the Basic Plank except for the obvious change. Repeat this exercise 3 times.

Perform these three core strengthening exercises every other day of the week to get the most effective Abdominal workout!

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About Nikol Klein

Nikol Klein is former Professional Ballet Dancer turned Women's fitness expert. She currently works with Women all over the world as a personal trainer and Ballet Strength coach to dancers.

Posted on May 25, 2009, in weight loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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