Happy Friday lovelies! Hope you’ve all had an amazing week. I haven’t posted in the fitness section of my blog for a while because, truthfully, I hit a little bit of a wall with my fitness routines. I’ve still been working out regularly and training hard but I’ve been doing the same exercises week after week. Inevitably, I think my body plateaued a little and I haven’t been seeing the results that I’m striving for hence why I haven’t had any new content to share with you!
Remember, it’s always good to shake things up a bit. I’ve started to watch what other people do in the gym, not in a creepy way, but just to get some inspiration on what other exercises I could start to incorporate into my own routine! I’m a great believer in learning from others in the gym. It should be a place of inspiration where we learn from each other, not a place of judgement. Whilst I’m still trying to incorporate some new exercises into my sessions, I thought I would share with you some of my own favourites in the hope to inspire others!
If you’re in a little bit of a funk, have a go at these exercises. These are my go-to’s for working my abs. I’ve been doing these exercises for years and I now mix these in with new exercises I’m trying out.
Weighted elbow to knee crunch
A personal trainer at my old gym taught me this little beauty and I love it. You can start with some light weights and then increase them as your core gets stronger. This way, you always have something to aim for!
⭐️Pick your weights. The weight that goes in between your feet needs to be lighter than the ones in your hands. In the video, I have 6kg in each hand and 5kg between my feet.
⭐️Lie flat on your back, grip the lighter weight in between your feet and hold your other two weights in your hands.
⭐️Bring your knees up and at the same time lift your shoulders completely off the floor and crunch whilst doing a bicep curl.
⭐️EVERYTHING is working in this one. Make sure you completely engage your core whilst you go through the motions.
⭐️Try four sets of 10 reps.
Russian twist with medicine ball
Another old favourite, this one is perfect for working pesky love handles.
⭐️Grab your medicine ball, making sure you’ve selected the appropriate weight.
⭐️Sit on your mat and lift your legs off the floor and lean back slightly so you are balancing on your bum.
⭐️Hold the medicine ball between your hands and twist from side to side, ensuring your core is engaged.
⭐️Try four sets of 20 reps.
Ooo a classic that never gets old! This is a great one for beginners and really gets that core working.
⭐️Lie flat on your mat with your hands behind your head, ensuring your thumbs rest right behind your ears.
⭐️Whilst your feet are planted firmly on the ground, use your core to lift your head and shoulders off the floor. There’s no need to sit upright, just as long as you engage that core and crunch your stomach.
⭐️Try four sets of 10 reps.
Tip: Feet can tend to move around so get a workout buddy to hold your feet down. This ensures that you aren’t using any leverage in your feet and legs to get you up off the ground – it’s all about the core!
Kettlebell Side Bends
Working your oblique abdominal muscles, this is a great exercise for building core strength.
⭐️Stand up straight with your kettlebell in one hand.
⭐️Slowly bend to the side, keeping your abs engaged, until your kettle bell reaches just below your knee.
⭐️Pull yourself back up to a standing position and repeat.
⭐️You can do the exercise on one side before switching to the other side or you can hold a kettlebell in each hand and alternate – whichever you prefer.
⭐️Try four sets of 10 reps on each side.
I hope those exercises are helpful and inspire you to switch up your ab routine! If you have any exercises of your own that you love to practice, please do share them with me as I’m always looking for new workouts!