BeWOW: Shred Your Abs

Tune up your tummy for bathing suit season

Today, we celebrate the abdominal muscles. And by celebrate, I mean work them—hard. Here’s what you are going to do …

BeWOW: Shred Your Abs

Work through the following three sets of exercises, with no rest between exercises within a set. Maintaining good form, keep intensity high. Take a one minute break between sets to catch your breath.

Set #1:
50 sit-ups
1 minute plank
1 minute sprint
25 sit-ups
30 second plank
30 second sprint

Set #2:
50 ab twists
20 side plank hip dips (right)
20 side plank hip dips (left)
1 minute sprint
25 ab twists
10 side plank dips right
10 side plank dips left
30 second sprint

Set #3:
50 rocking planks
30 toe touches
1 minute sprint
25 plank shifts
15 toe taps
30 second sprint

Explanation of exercises
*Click the links below for video how-tos

Sit-up: Lie on your back with feet on the floor and knees bent. Put your hands behind your ears. Without pulling on your neck and using only your abs, lift your shoulders off the mat and come to a full sit-up position. Lie back down slowly.

Plank: Get in push-up position, resting on your elbows; keep back, hips, and legs in a straight line. Hold.

Ab twists: Sit on the ground with knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Lean back, lift your feet, and twist your torso side to side tapping the ground on either side, using your abs to twist.

Side plank hip dips: Get into a side plank on your elbow, dip your hip to tap the floor, and lift it back up.

Rocking plank: Get into a plank on your elbows and toes. Pressing from your toes, shift your body straight forward, pause, then pull your body back. Forward and back is one rep.

Toe touch: Lie on your back, with legs up, feet reaching to the ceiling. Reach up with your hands and touch your toes.

>> Did you complete this week’s BeWOW? Tell us how you did in the comments! Or, feel free to tweet at us about it using the hashtag #BeWOW. Check out all the BeWOW workouts here.


Audrey McKenna Hasse is the owner of A.M.Fit, a personal training and healthy consultation business on the Main Line. You’ll find her workouts every week right here on Be Well Philly.

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