Workout of the Month: January Abs
In our quest to get fit, we will target one area of the body each month. You can’t do everything at once, and tackling a single piece of the puzzle every month will make our journey more manageable. For the month of January, we will be focusing on the abs.
The expression "abs are made in the kitchen" is certainly true, but there are still many exercises you can do to improve your midsection. A couple years ago my main fitness obsession was having six-pack abs. I literally spent 45-minutes each day doing ab exercises -- and while my abs weren’t bad, they weren’t amazing either.
In the last year, I’ve shifted my exercise focus more towards running and have cleaned up my diet too. My extra time spent running and managing my food has taken away from the hundreds of sit-ups I used to do, but the end result has actually been positive: My abs have improved!
The cardio-based exercise and the clean eating have helped to keep my entire body lean, and thus my natural muscles revealed.
While running will keep your stomach flat, it won’t add extra tone or sculpt a beautiful curve. And it’s not just about looks because a strong core is incredibly important for a healthy body. In order to continually improve, I am going to dedicate three short workouts a week to abs.
Join me in the quest for six-pack abs this month by doing three simple exercises, combined with getting your heart rate up through running and eating nutritiously. This month, my ab moves (shown in the video above) are:
1) The Plank
2) Side Oblique Crunch
3) Ball Pass
Aim to complete a workout of 30-seconds of Plank, 15 Side Oblique Crunches on each side, and 3-4 Ball Passes. Your goal should be to include this routine 3 times per week into your workouts for the entire month. If you can do it, you’ll definitely start seeing definition in your core quickly.
Start the New Year off right by getting your abs into shape!