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Strong Abs are important for so much more than just the looks

Strong absWe all want to look great in our bathing suit. That’s why many of us keep a base tan, other spray tan. At Veranda Sun we inspire you to workout so that you feel confident to show off your body in your bathing suit. But health is for all season of life. So, no matter your shape, strong abs and a strong core have numerous health benefits, good posture, stronger back, less injuries in the rest of your body. And that’s even more important than looking good in your bathing suit. So join us for this workout. And we’re not your trainer, feel free to pick and choose the exercises that you feel most comfortable with, get stronger and work up to the more difficult ones.

 

 

Stand Up Ab and core workout

Some people find it easier to start crunches standing up. Stand up crunches don’t have to be easy. Try these different exercises and work yourself up as you feel stronger. Go for 15 reps and move on to the next side, or the next crunch. Try to go three rounds of stand up crunches. If you’re a beginner start with 10, then go for 12.

Stand up side bend

Side Bend Crunch

Start by bending to the side, then add weight if you’re advanced. Keep back straight and shoulders aligned.

15 reps on each side.

 

Stand up knee cross crunch

 

Knee Pull Crunch

Pull knee up with your abs (not with your leg muscles) and without slouching pull your opposite arm towards your raised knee.

Alternate legs for 15 reps on each side.

If you have problems keeping your balance do one side first and use the back of a heavy chair for support.

 

Stand up side crunch

 

Side Crunch

Pull knee up with your abs (not with your leg muscles) and without slouching pull the arm of the same side towards your raised knee for a side crunch. Make sure to keep you back straight and shoulders aligned. You can add weight if you’re advanced. For this crunch you can also use a chair for support if you  have problems keeping your balance.

Do 15 reps on one side and then switch to the other side.

Stand up twist crunch

 

Twist Crunch

Pull knee up with your abs (not with your leg muscles) and crunching pull your opposite arm towards your raised knee by twisting your core.

Alternate legs for 15 reps on each side.

If you have problems keeping your balance, leave this crunch for later, when you have built a stronger core.

 

Advanced side crunch

 

Advanced Side Crunch

Pull knee up to the side and keep arms next to your head. back straight. Keep you knee bent with your foot pointed backwards.chair support

Get  15 reps on each side. Start with 10 if you have trouble keeping your balance. And work up to 15 as you get stronger.

You can use a chair for support on many of the crunches that alternate legs.

 

 

Get a quick drink. Hydrating your body is super important for your system to stay healthy and work properly. It also keeps your feeling strong so you can keep going.

Go for 3 rounds of these stand up crunches.

 

 

 

Sumo Crunch Cool Down

The sumo crunch is less intense, but also works you quads and gluts. So we’ll squat down as far as you can go, keeping your knees in a 90 degree angle and never further out than your toes. Your hand to your head and we’ll crunch elbow to knee. 2 rounds of 25 reps on each side.

Stretch up with legs open

 

After each round Sumo Crunch stretch by standing straight with legs still open, and reach up with your arms towards the sky as far as you can go. Get on your tip toes if you can keep the balance.

 

JoCool downin us tomorrow for some Floor Crunches to add to your Abs Workout!

 

 

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