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Gym Regime : Abdominals

7.02.2014
I'm so glad y'all are enjoying my gym routines. I've gotten such amazing feedback and encouragement from each and every one of you and it kind of makes my heart swoon! Y'all only make me want to work harder so thank you for that!

I did have a couple people ask about how much weight I was using in the previous post about my back and biceps. I range from 10 - 25 lbs when it comes to back and biceps. I don't have incredibly strong arms, but I'm working towards more muscle. With every exercise I do, on the first and second set I start with a low weight, but still challenging and I do 12-15 reps. Then on the 3rd and final set I increase the weight about 10 lbs and I try to complete 8-10 reps. This set is exhausting and hard. I'm breathing like a fool through each rep trying to push it out. This will exhaust your muscle and make it stronger. 

So today I am sharing what you requested next, my ab routine! Who doesn't want a sleek and sexy tummy? Especially this time of year. I should mention this is the hardest places for women to slim down. We have layers and layers of muscle and fat on our stomachs and we have to tone each layer so have patience and know it will take time to see any definition. And abs are 90% what you eat and 10% exercise, remember that.

In all of these exercises I am using a 10lb weight for resistance. 
Working my side obliques.
I like to work my lower back as well when I'm doing abs.
These movements work your lower abdominals.
These are great because you are engaging your abs through a plank position and your side obliques.

Don't forget to breath through your movements! Inhale when you are releasing and exhale upon exertion. Example. When laying flat on the floor about to crunch, inhale. Then exhale as you raise up to your crunch. Inhale as you release your body back to the floor. 

Disclaimer: It is important that I mention I am NOT a licensed trainer or nutritionist. Any information I share with you is based upon my own knowledge and experience. 

15 comments on "Gym Regime : Abdominals"
  1. Whew! Look at that mean mug ;) Get it girl. Twist & scissor crunches and leg raises I LOVE, torque crunches not so much lol for whatever reason. I do love working my abs! And YES, I love your gym posts because I love seeing what other fitness lovers enjoy and what works for them. I love that pink tank, looks very comfy.

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  2. You are adorable! Thanks girl sharing. Makes me want to get in shape more.

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  3. You are so cute! I'll definitely have to add a few of these to my ab routine. :)

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  4. I love how you're breaking these down! Great series!

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  5. oh god i hate working abs. props to you--you're so strong!

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  6. Great post girl! I hate doing abs but these are some of my favorite exercises when I suck it up and do abs!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  7. Scissor crunches, ahhh. Such a love/hate relationship with them, ha!

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  8. Thank you for showing how to do everything. That seems to be the hardest part for me is figuring out what everyone is talking about!

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  9. I tend to get so bored with ab exercises - some of these I haven't done so thanks for the inspiration!!

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  10. I haven't tried the torque crunches before but we've been doing something similar in barre recently- it's fun to begin seeing definition in the abs when you're killing it in a workout!

    Heather | Port City Prescription

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  11. That's one serious game face you got going on girl! lol! I love these post. I am currently still on my healthy lifestyle journey. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I love all these moves!! I wish the clubhouse had the machine for leg raises. They are my favorite. Have a good weekend!!

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  13. These are good moves girl! I've actually been looking for some workouts for my abs, so I am definitely going to try some of these. Thanks for sharing. Also, have a great 4th of July!

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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  14. Great exercises. I love to do my Russian Twists with a 15-20 lb medicine ball...and planks are a must! It is absolutely mainly diet that helps you to see those muscles that you work. I hope you will check out my fitness blog at www.thegymbunnyblog.blogspot.com. I also am at www.california-to-carolina.com :-)

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