Women’s Weight Training 101: The Abs
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At the end of this post you’ll see how you can keep these amazingly helpful tips rolling in for weeks to come.
So today’s exercise doesn’t involve “weights” per say, as in machines or dumbbells. It’s a body weight exercise.
Holly, like most trainers I’ve spoken with, says that a flat abs really come down to diet and genetics; that hourglass figure so many women desire, yeah, there’s really no way to really whittle your waist in from the sides.
What you can do though is prevent yourself from expanding your waist outward, which is what Holly informed me (to my devastation) was what one of my favorite ab exercises was doing.
“The side plank builds the ab muscles in an outward fashion, making the waist less curvy,” said Holly. “If you want a straight waistline like Cameron Diaz, then the exercise would help.”
The Single Leg-Lower
Think more Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio…
To perform the exercise, lie flat on your back with your legs lifted. Lower one leg toward the ground slowly, keeping your feet flexed, and holding briefly at the bottom without touching the ground.
Make sure to keep the moving leg straight and to lock the knee at the bottom. The longer the “lever” the harder your abs will work.
Do 20 reps on one leg, then switch sides.
And that’s it!
You’ve completed the entire Weight Training for Women Series and learned 5 exercises to get that long, lean physique everyone in Hollywood (well, I guess except for Cameron and Madonna) are so desperately striving for.
In case you missed any of the lessons, here’s a look back:
I hope you enjoyed the series and learned some useful information. Now for the fun part.
I promised a giveaway earlier and by golly, we’re doing a GIVEAWAY! A really good one at that.
I’m giving away two of Holly’s “Slim, Sexy, Strong” workout DVDs…
…and two boxes of Promax Fit N’ Crisp. That’s right, four chances to win!!!
All you have to do is “Like” the To Live & Diet in L.A. Facebook Page and comment below on which celebrity’s long, lean body you would most like to have.
On Monday I will randomly select 4 winners. Good luck!