Crunch Free Abs

When it comes to blasting those abs there is no magic formula other than a lot of hard work in the gym and lots of good, clean and wholesome food in the kitchen. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But it’s not all about the crunches when it comes to working those abs.

Now first of all I’m no fitness pro here, these are just a few of the exercises that I find help work my abs and that to be honest, I wouldn’t really associate with abdominal workouts.

Something that I have learnt through reading tons and tons of fitness blogs and literature over the years is that you cannot spot reduce your fat (as much as we would like to). Exercises like the ones you can see me doing above (sporting my amazing Ushiwear active wear) work multiple muscle groups and therefore encourage your body to burn more as a result. This will combat those ‘fat’ areas that you want to banish and in turn hopefully reveal the abs of your dreams. Well that’s my plan anyway!

I’m always on the look out for a new ‘quick’ abs routine to fit in in the morning (three days a week) before work and here’s what I’m doing on a morning alongside a 20 minute fasted cardio session;

Mountain Climbers, Cross Body – 20 Reps (10 Reps each side) | Start off in a Full Plank position with your weight over your wrists, drive your knee through towards the opposite wrist and back to the starting position before repeating with the other leg.

Push Ups, Wide Arm – 10 Reps | You can either do these by starting out in a Full Plank, lowering your chest to the floor and pushing yourself back up or from your knees but ensuring that your weight is over your wrists. 

Sumo Squats or Jump Squats – 10 Reps | For Jump Squats stand with your legs shoulder width apart, bend your knees to 90 degrees and push yourself up into a jump through your heels and land with your knees slightly bent to absorb the impact. For Sumo Squats stand with your legs slightly wider apart and with the toes slightly outwards.

Devil Jumps (Burpees) – 10 Reps | Start off in a crouched position with your toes almost touching your wrists (or touching if you’re uber flexible). Keeping the weight over your wrists power your legs back into a plank position before jumping back in and pushing yourself up into the air, remembering as always to land with soft knees.

Some days I will only run through this routing once if I’m low on time, others I will run through 3 or 4 times if I’m up early enough. The good thing with these moves is that they don’t require anything other than you and a little willpower and they will help you feel a little more active, a little less fluffy around the edges and a whole lot better about yourself over the course of a few weeks.

Don’t forget that your diet will play a big part in seeing the results that you want, you need to cut out the crap and start filling up on healthier, nutritious options instead of pop and chocolate if you really want to see a change. you can read about my first few weeks of carb cycling here and make sure you follow me on bloglovin‘ as there is more posts like this coming up too!

What are your favourite non-crunch ab exercises? I’d love to hear about your experiences too! Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x

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