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Alphabet Abs + My First Tabata

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

A fun ab exercise that only takes a minute or so: alphabet abs! (I didn't invent this, but I'm a fan.)

Lie on your back (with your hands under your lower back if you'd usually put them there when working your lower abs), then bring your straight legs up to about a 45 degree angle. Keeping your heels together and your legs tight, write the alphabet with your heels - one big letter at a time! My favorites are M, W, and Z :) You can also spell out other words (or even write out numbers, throw in a few 2013s maybe!), and of course you can repeat the alphabet as many times as you'd like. I've never tried cursive...maybe tomorrow. As long as you use your full range of motion, this should work all of your core muscles.

I have been meaning to try tabata training but I was overcomplicating it, so tonight I set my interval timer on my iPhone and went for it. I did two repeats of:
20 sec alternating jumping lunges
10 sec rest
20 sec skiers (like lateral lunges with reaches)
10 sec rest
20 sec donkey jumps (like bench jumps but your hands are on the floor, not on a bench)
20 sec mountain climbers
10 sec rest

Since the point of tabata training is to push as hard as you can for the four minutes you're working, I repeated one of my favorite mantras (leave it all out there) and worked my tail off. At the end of the last rest, my heart rate was over 150 - not bad for a four minute burst. I look forward to a new one next week! (I had so much fun that I'd gladly do it again tomorrow, but I know that pushing too hard makes my body cling to every calorie I consume...and I did tack this onto a day that included 90 minutes choreographing new zumba routines with my friend and a 30 minute circuit workout.)

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  • HHB4181
    That's a fun ab game! thanks for sharing. Haven't tried tabata training yet, glad to know you like it.
    1969 days ago
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