Core Workouts (from Pinterest)

Happy Wednesday! Stay healthy and motivated! What’s keeping you motivated this week?! I’m motivated by my new bathing suits! New bathing suits and my upcoming honeymoon vacation!

As I’ve shared before, I’ve been dedicating some extra time to my abs over the last 2 months. Here’s two circuits I’ve found on Pinterest and have enjoyed more than other ones I’ve tried! Try them and let me know what you think!

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Squats and Planks

I’m glad to have received a number of messages and comments from so many of you that decided to join the 30 day squat challenge as well as the plank personal best challenge!

I hope you’re all still just as motivated and already feeling stronger! I’m on day 26 of the squat challenge and feeling great! I’ve been asked if my rear is looking “as advertised” and all i have to say is that I’m very happy with my results these last 3.5 weeks! I’ve got a rear to prove that I’ve done the work! Do you???? I’ve taken the challenge and made it more challenging for myself as well as more fun by adding dumbbells, bicep curls, shoulder presses, and even doing them slowly on a bosu ball. I mix up my circuits between doing high reps and low reps with deeper slower squats. I encourage you to have fun with your squats and do what’s best for you!

As far as my plank, I have not re-tested my longest plank yet, but I have been targeting my core with new exercises and higher reps with less rest. I’ve continued to target my core 5/week and can see some new definition in my abs! Hard work pays off! Stay motivated!

Keep telling me your progress! You can share it with me privately ¬†OR WITH ALL OF US on this blog to help keep us all motivated! That’s my whole purpose for starting this blog! WE ALL WORK TOGETHER to motivate each other to be stronger and healthier!

Lets Talk Plank

With Memorial Day Weekend around the corner and summer right around the next corner, lets supplement our 30 Day Squat Challenge with some core exercises for a bikini ready bod!

Personally, I cheat my abs most of the year until it’s close to bikini season. I often just throw in a few core/ab exercises at the end of my workouts most of the year since I spend way too much time on the cardio and upper body routines. However, this year I’ve tried to be better to my core by starting earlier. I started a “honeymoon abs” routine with my husband a few weeks ago so I’ve done a lot of abs research and Pinterest-ing lately. Abs is one of those muscle groups with tons of mixed research about “how much” and “how often” is right for flat chiseled abs. Personally, I’ve decided that 5 times a week is right for me. Your core can be targeted more often than other muscle groups, but your “rest” days are just as essential as the abs training days! Choose between 3-5 times per week based on your fitness level.

We can review different abs circuits and try various challenges in the near future to prepare for summer. For now, lets talk about the BEST core/ab exercise there is….. THE PLANK!

The Plank is one of my favorite exercises. Not because it’s easy, but because it gets the best results! Research suggests that planks are better than crunches because they target your entire core- the surface muscles, the deeper muscles, the obliques, your arms, legs, and your lower back!

So if you don’t already incorporate planks into your workouts, NOW is the time to start. If you already plank, I encourage you to work on holding them longer! If you only do the traditional high planks and low planks, I challenge you to try some variations! Side planks, knee twist planks, rotation planks, elevated planks, leg lift planks! Plank it up!

What’s your plank baseline? What’s the average amount of time you can CURRENTLY hold a plank with proper form? Share your stats with me so that we can push and challenge one another to a stronger core!

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