I have copious amounts of pictures to share but as I get back into the swing of things (i.e. not being an internet hermit) I'm going to try to get on a posting schedule where every day of the week will be something different. It doesn't necessarily mean that I'll post everyday but when I do it will be on a specific thing. That way I can't use my guilt of not posting or a lack of immediate ideas as a reason not to post :O)
Today's post will be a workout tip. As I've become a gym
I bring you Windshield Wiper Abs!
Awhile ago in Women's Health I saw this picture talking about the "toughest ab move ever"
It was a move that I never thought I could do. Ever. And I love me some tough ab moves. However, after I saw a modified version, I thought I should give it a try.
To start: This is done on a Smith Machine
1. Position an exercise ball underneath the bar and lay down on it. Your butt should be off or almost off the ball.
2. Now kick your legs up vertical.
3. While hanging onto the bar, tilt your legs as far as you can go to one side, without sliding off the ball, then bring them back to center.
4. Tilt your legs to the opposite side as far as you can go and bring them back to center.
5. Tip your legs straight out (Ideally your body would make a straight plank resting on the exercise ball) and bring them back up to vertical.
That's one rep. Killer I know! Start with as many as you can (I do about 10) and work up to multiple sets of 10-12 with plenty of rest in between (at least 1 minute)
Variations: Not quite up to it yet? here's some "easier" versions... I use quotes because, well, they're all hard.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6TM2vL1w04- Flat on the floor, legs straight up.
-Easier: Knees bent
-Harder Put exercise ball between your feet (hands straight out to make a T for stability)
Working up to being able to do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pFY_TQ1400
Crazy I know! Ps. Sorry for the YouTube links... I don't quite know how to embed a video from YT onto here. Let me know if you try it! I've personally done the exercise ball method and my abs were so sore the next day. It was awesome!
Something to think about:
*What's your favorite ab move?
*Ever get tips from watching other people (exercise or non-exercise related) that you just loved?