Looking for better ways to work your core and abs? Watch this
quick video demonstrating some quick and simple core and abs workout tips
By: Ed Scow,
NSCA-CPT: Certified Fitness & Nutrition Expert to the True Superheroes - Busy Moms & Dads and author
of Fat Loss To Go
You enjoy working your core, right?
Who doesn't! I average about 35 training sessions per week, including small group classes that have 7
clients each, and it's one of, if not the most, in demand types of workouts.
I'm no different. The abs are always one of the main areas of my body I like to work, but I do it a bit
differently than you may be accustomed to.
What do I mean?
Well, I use a huge mixture of abs exercises when designing my
I use a mixture of isolation exercises, which are used sparingly or only when I want to remain active, yet let
the rest of my body rest, and I use A LOT of full-body abs exercises like Burpees, Swings - either with a
Kettlebell or Dumbbell - Push-ups (all varieties), ropes, sledge hammers, carpet sliders, sand bags, Power Wheels,
and other bodyweight exercises like Mountain Climbers.
See what I mean? That's the best way to work your core and abs, but I have a couple other tips for you
that I'd like to share in a quick video.
Quick and Simple Core and Abs Workout Tips
Before I sign off after giving you those quick and simple
core workout tips, I'd like to give you a few ways to incorporate more abs work into your overall workout
One of my favorite ways is by utilizing what are called 'Add-On'
What that means is you do your normal 10-minute weight loss workout, but do a quick 4-5 minute abs
workout circuit immediately after your 10-minute workout.
The cool thing about that is that it doesn't have to be done to get results. If you don't
have time, then don't do the add-on. However, if you can spare an extra 5-minutes, and who can't, then it
increases the intensity and effectiveness of the workout on your core.
Another option you have is to do a 4-5 minute add-on Abs Workout before AND after your normal
That's a special kind of awesome that really boosts the intensity of the workout on your abs.
My favorite way is to do either stability/endurance core exercises OR big, ful-body abs exercises
before the workout and then do isolation movements for the add-on workout after.
Here's one I put a client through yesterday...
Pre-Workout Abs Circuit:
1A) KB Swing - 20 reps
1B) Plank Walkout - 5 reps
We did as many circuits of those two core exercises possible in 5 minutes, then
proceeded on with a 10-minute weight loss circuit.
After that, we finished up with the following
Post-Workout Abs Workout:
2A) Butt Raise - 10 reps
2B) Jack Knife - 15 reps
Again, we did as many circuits of that possible in 5-minutes.
Once that was up, he was done and I kicked him out of the studio because he was moaning and
groaning about his abs hurting so much. I kid...his session was up anyway and my next client was there :)
The preceding article was written by Ed Scow, aka "The Fit Dad". To learn more about Ed's story, click here.
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