Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you had a blessed season and are charged up and excited for 2017. For me, I definitely risked my life in the kitchen and at holiday buffets this season. Now to get back on track I'm using this intense ab workout to get rid of some belly bloat that came from my 'holiday' diet.

You can literally do this ab workout anywhere - so, whether it's by your bed at night, in a hotel room, or at the gym you can get your sweat on. To avoid burning yourself out, I recommend completing this routine 3-4 times a week and alternating days if possible. 

It's time to grab your yoga mat or towel and try it! Here we go...

Plank Jacks 

Start in a high plank position with hands and feet shoulder-width apart. For 30 seconds jump your legs outside of your shoulders and back in. (Similar to a regular jumping jack just on the floor). Rest for 15 seconds in between each set. Repeat 3 times. 

V-Ups

Lie face up on the floor with legs extended and arms above your head. Slowly raise your arms and feet so that they meet in the air above your stomach, then lower back down without touching the floor for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 20 reps resting 15 seconds in between sets. Tip: be sure not to round your shoulders when raising your arms. 

Low Plank 

This traditional move never gets old because it truly works every muscle in your body. Get in a low plank position with elbows and feet on the floor shoulder-width apart without raising or dipping your core. Hold for 1 minute to work quads, shoulders, core and more. Repeat 3 times resting for 15 seconds in between sets. 

Flutter Kicks

Work your lower abs by lying face up on the floor with feet 6 inches raised, arms at your sides. Slowly raise your right foot to 12 inches off of floor and then alternate without dropping either of your feet for 1 rep. See how many reps you can do in 1 minute. Repeat 3 times resting for 15 seconds in between each set. 

Bicycle Crunches

You've probably done these before, but the kicker to this version is slowing down. It's important to feel the burn instead of going fast. Lie face up and bring your left knee to your right elbow keeping your right leg fully extended. Alternate for 1 rep. Complete 50 reps for 1 set. Do 3 sets resting 15 seconds in between each.

Published by Laura C.