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Work Your Core Standing Up

Posted on: by Women's Health
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Standing up to tone your abs is a legit way to work your entire core. Here’s how…

These four standing moves from trainer Ellen Barrett will hone your balance and improve posture, while giving you straight-up great abs.

Canoe

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Stand with your feet 3 feet apart, knees slightly bent, and hands clasped. Keeping your hips still, bring your hands down to your left hip, “paddling” backward. Next, raise your hands up to chest level, and then paddle them to the right hip. Do 10 alternating reps for each side. If it’s too easy, hold a 1- to 3-kilogram dumbbell in each hand.

Sets:1. Reps Alternate 10 each side.

Knee Cross Crunch

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Stand with your shoulders in line with your hips, and extend your right arm up and your left leg to the side, toes pointed. Next, lower your right elbow and raise your left knee, crunching them together on a diagonal line. Return to start.

Sets: 1. Reps: 10 each side, non-alternating.

Double Arm Reach

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Stand with your feet 3 feet apart and hands clasped. Contract your abs and perform a plie keeping your hands toward the floor. As you push up, raise your arms to the right. Next, lower your hands with another plie and then lift them to the left. Too easy? Hold a 1- to 3-kilogram dumbbell in each hand.

Sets: 1. Reps: 20 each side alternating.

Side Imprint

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Stand with your shoulders in line with your hips and raise your right arm. Shift onto your left leg and rotate your right leg at the hip, turning your toes out. Crunch your right elbow and right knee together, pinching your waist. Return to start.

Sets: 1. Reps: 10 each side alternating.

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