Summer is on its way along with numerous articles promising abs in 2 weeks. I can assure you there are no quick fixes but I can get you on your way to feeling happier with yourself as you start thinking about stripping off for the beach.
Here are my top 3 exercises to work those glutes – do all 3 in this order 3 times a week. Build up to 3 sets of each exercise of 15-20 repetitions.
- Sit-ups/Curl-ups – Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet firmly flat on the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles pulling them in at the belly button and hold that pull throughout the exercise. You can place your hands either on your thighs (easy), across your chest (easier), at the sides of your head (moderate), or stretched out above the head (hardest). Contract your ab muscles to curl the shoulders and chest upwards, don’t lift the lower back of the floor. Reverse to starting position under control. Progress to harder option by increasing repetitions or slowing down the movement.
- Twisting Sit-ups – Same starting position as above and keep those abdominal muscles pulled into the belly button. When contracting the ab muscles this time twist the body to 1 side. Lower and repeat twisting to alternate sides.
- Reverse Curls – Lie on your back, lifting your knees towards the chest in line with the belly button. Keep the knees bent of extend if comfortable. Tilt the pelvis enabling the buttocks to lift from the floor and the knees will move closer to the chest. Progress to harder option by twisting the legs towards right the left shoulder during lift to work the oblique muscles.
Combine the above techniques with a healthy eating plan and you will see results.
Please note its always best to get a professional to coach you if you have never done any of these exercises before to ensure you avoid neck or back injuries.