Trim your Tummy with this Lower Ab Workout

Author: Female For Life | 15 Dec 2012

Tagged: Exercise, Fitness, Health & Wellbeing, Motivation, Womens Activewear

Remember: It's always good to warm up before a workout so go for a walk around the block or on the treadmill before getting your tummy into shape with this workout routine. And have fun!

Exercise Name: Standing Knee Tuck

Standing Knee Tuck

Starting Position: Standing with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands behind your head with elbows facing outwards tuck in your tummy towards your spine to switch on your core.

Action: Start by lifting your left foot off the floor raising your knee up to a 90 degree angle to your hips . As your left knee reaches its highest point twist your torso so that your right elbow is able to lower down and touch your knee. Aim to exhale (breathe out) as your elbow and knee touch and inhale (breathe in) as you return to the starting position. Repeat the movement with the opposite knee and elbow.
Special notes: Keep good technique and focus on breathing at the correct point of the exercise.
Muscles / Benefits: Lower Abdominal and cardiovascular

Outfit: Beautiful Wrap and Knight Rider

vertical leg liftExercise Name: Scissor Kicks
Starting Position: Lying on your back on the floor place your arms by your sides with palms facing down. Lift your feet off the floor and bring your knees in towards your chest as you straighten your legs so that your feet point towards the ceiling.
Action: From this starting position its very important to tuck your tummy in towards your spine to switch on your core make sure that your back is flat on the floor at all times. Now you can cross your left foot over your right foot to make a scissor action with your feet and then repeat the movement by placing your right foot over your left.
Special notes: Concentrate on your breathing and keeping your back flat on the floor at all times. If you experience lower back pain at any stage stop the exercise.
Muscles / Benefits: Lower Abdominal
Outfit: Bombshell and Double Trouble

Exercise Name: Mountain Climbers

Starting Position: Start in an all fours position on the floor making sure your hands are directly under your shoulders. Slowly straighten both legs behind you so that you are now have only your hands and toes touching the floor.
Action: Aim to keep your body as straight as possible by tucking in your tummy towards your spine and switching on your core. Lift one knee up towards your chest as you exhale (breathe out) and then returning your foot the starting position inhaling (breathing in) as you do. Immediately alternate to the opposite leg continuing the breathing technique and then repeat.
Special notes: Maintain a straight line between your shoulders and heels by not letting your hips drop to the floor.
Muscles / Benefits: Lower Abs and Cardiovascular

Outfit: Yoga Body Suit

Mountain Climber 2Mountain climber 1

Exercise Name: Floor Cycling
Starting Position: Lying with your back on the floor place your hands behind your head with your elbows facing outwards. Finally bring both of your knees up towards your chest so that your feet are raised off of the floor.
Action: Start by keeping your left knee tucked in towards your chest as you exten

Floor cycling

d your right leg outwards. As you extend your right leg twist your torso upwards so that your right elbow can touch your left knee which is still tucked in to your chest. Now return your right knee to the starting position while you extend your left leg and twist you torso up so that your left elbow can touch your right knee. You will know be creating a cycling motion in mid air with your legs.
Special notes: Make sure your back is flat on the floor at all times by tucking your tummy into your spine and switching your core on.
Muscles / Benefits: Lower Abdominal Strength

Outfit: Running Riot and Simple 7/8

Abdominal stretchExercise Name: Abdominal Stretch

Starting Position: Lying on the floor face down and placing your hands just to the side of your shoulders

Action: From this starting position exhale (breathe out) as you slowly push your hands into the floor and extend your elbows to form straight arms. As you push yourself up clench your glutes and push your pelvis gently in to the floor. As your back arches you will start to feel a stretch running up the centre of the abdominals from top to bottom.

Special notes: Its very important to perform this stretch gradually and not over extend your spine.
Muscles / Benefits: Lower Abdominal Stretch

Outfit: Beautiful Wrap and Chameleon

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