The Top Belly Blasters
Q. Thank you, How to be a Redhead for having Sara as a writer. Very exciting. I am 40 and just had my third baby. Even before I had baby, I was never been able to get rid of my stomach and now that I’ve had three c-sections, it won’t go away! How do I get the perfect stomach?
Sara: Oh, the dreaded stomach skin! Be patient. It will take some time, but here’s the truth: in order to really see a six-pack, you have to get rid of the fat on top. The best way to do this is with cardio. Sure, you can run on the treadmill or take a cycling class, but why not make those abs really work while you get your sweat on?
It’s important to combine healthy eating, cardio and three of the most effective core exercises:
1. BOXING: Boxing is a really efficient way to do this. So get on a bag, get sweaty and start punching! To execute a good punch, hook or upper cut, you’ll have to activate your abs & blast that belly away!
Try this circuit:
30 seconds punches
30 seconds jumping jacks
30 seconds upper cuts
30 seconds toe taps
30 seconds hooks
30 seconds burpees
Rest for 2 minutes & repeat 3-5 times (depending on how much time you have)
2. CHOPS: I think chops are one of the best kept abdominal secrets. They target the core, specifically the obliques (your love handles), and depending on how you do them, they can be a great total body workout as well. You can do them with a free weight, a medicine ball, a body bar, cables – your options are really endless. You can do full body rotations or just half way, but the key is going to be to engage the core the entire time. If you do these correctly, you will see your waist start to whittle away in no time!
3. PLANK: Other How to be a Redhead fitness writers have discussed the importance of plank, but it really is the best exercise. I don’t think there is a class I’ve taught at the gym, or a client I’ve trained, where I haven’t inserted a plank. I joke that “A plank a day keeps the doctor away.” In my opinion, a plank that is performed properly, is the number one core exercise.
Plus, even though it is core-centric, it involves so many more muscle groups, including your shoulders and your butt. The reason it’s my top belly blaster is because it can go super deep – all the way into the transverse.
The easiest and simplest way to make a plank more challenging?
Work on holding the plank longer and longer each day. Start off with fifteen seconds and keep adding on five seconds each day.
Sara Haley, From SaraHaley.com, is a fitness fanatic, new mommy and a proud one hundred percent natural redhead. She is here to share with you some of her favorite fitness tips and advice. I’m a certified trainer and instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), as well as a member of the American Pregnancy Association (APA). Sara specializes in prenatal fitness, functional training and dance methodology.
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