Think you need fancy equipment to get a good ab workout?  Think again!  If you have carpet and paper plates this is an amazing ab workout you can do at home.  The paper plates act as ‘sliders’.  If you don’t have carpet you could use towels or ‘sliders’  can be purchased at any sports equipment store.

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I do not believe in only doing crunches or sit ups.  I feel that any exercise, whether it be for your upper or lower body, you are ALWAYS working your abs, but I still like to find specific exercises for that trouble area.  I love the feeling of being incredible sore after a workout, it makes me feel like I must be doing something right.  I PROMISE you be feeling it for days after trying these exercises!

I discovered these six exercises from doing online videos and reading fitness magazines.  I call it my Paper Plate Abs Workout, I suggest doing this workout after 20-30 minutes of HIIT training, running, walking, biking, or riding the elliptical.  Try to do 3 sets of 12-15 reps.

1.)  Plank In-and-Outs:  Begin in a plank push up position with your feet on the paper plates or sliders.  Slide your feet out to the sides, then back in to the starting position, that’s 1 rep.

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2.)  Plank Pike:  Begin with both feet on the sliders in a plank push up position and slide your feet up towards your chest and bring your hips/butt up towards the ceiling.  Return to the starting position, that’s 1 rep.

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3.)  Plank Tucks:  Begin with both feet on the sliders in a plank push up position and slide your knees and feet in towards your chest and then back to the starting position, that’s 1 rep.

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4.)  Creepy Crawler::  Begin with both feet on the sliders in a plank push up position and slide your left leg out towards your left elbow.  Return to the starting position and repeat on the right side, that’s 1 rep.

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5.)  Plank Row:  Begin with both feet on the sliders in an elbow plank and slide your entire body forwards keeping your forearms in the same position on the ground.  Pull your body back to the starting position, that’s 1 rep.

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One Legged-Mountain-Climber:  Begin in a plank push up position with your right knee pulled into your chest and your left foot extended on the slider.  Slide your left knee in towards your chest and then back to the starting position, that’s 1 rep.  After you have completed 12-15 reps on the left leg switch and complete 12-15 reps with the right leg.

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Enjoy and leave me a comment if you give this workout a try!

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