Body, Health Prevention

Secrets of the Six Pack Abs

April 2, 2012

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Feeling guilty for over-indulging recently?  Thanks to recent studies (like this one touting the weight-loss benefits of eating chocolate) your indulgence may not have been that bad for you. Even so, here are a few exercise tips from one of our favorite trainers at Equinox. Read on and have a great (and fulfilling) week!

This post on fitness-powerhouse Equinox’s blog caught our attention: The Secret to a Six-Pack. Sure, we wouldn’t mind flat, carved abs but is it possible for the average-non-fitness-magazine-cover-model-type? Judge for yourself but Ben Hart, a Personal Trainer at New York’s Equinox 76th St. does have some MISS-worthy tips:

Here are his three tips to try:

1. Medicine Ball PlankDo a plank with hands on a medicine ball instead of on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. As you improve, try using one ball under each hand. Really a pro? Add balls under each foot, too. The added instability forces abs to engage (if they don’t you will literally fall over). Build up to a one-minute hold.

2. Single-Leg Squat/RowHolding a cable in your right hand, do a single-leg squat with left leg either in front or behind you. As you come up from the squat, row with right arm. This contra-lateral relationship recruits more core muscles to move and balance the body. Do 12-15 reps. Switch sides; repeat. Do 3 sets.

3. BOSU Ball Shoulder Press: Flip the BOSU and stand on the flat surface holding a dumbbell in right hand, elbow bent, weight at right shoulder, palm out. Slowly press the dumbbell overhead, then return to start. You’re simultaneously toning your shoulders and abs since your core must tighten to keep the BOSU steady. Do 12-15 reps. Switch sides; repeat. Do 3 sets.


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