We can do all the sit-ups and crunches we want, but what about that annoying layer of “extra” skin on top of our awesome abs?! You know what I’m talking about, you can feel the muscle underneath, but how do you burn off that top layer?
That’s where cardio comes into play. Why not add cardio to our ab/core exercises to burn more calories and fat while building our core muscles?
Technically, we should be keeping our stomach tight during all exercise, cardio included. Next time you’re running/walking, biking, swimming, etc, try keeping your abs, obliques and core tight. On top of that, there are a few ab/core exercises that we can make dynamic to add that cardio effect of getting our heart rate up and burning extra calories.
5 Ab/Core Exercises With Cardio Effect
Here are a few to get you started:
1. Plank Lateral Tucks
Starting in plank position, bend knees, and jump feet in toward your right hand keeping your knees together (aim knees toward right elbow). Then hop back to plank and to the other side. Alternate sides for 10 on each
2. Mountain Climbers
In a plank position with your hands right underneath your shoulders, pull one knee in to hover your toe above the ground, return to plank position and pull the other knee forward. Try pulling your knee in more with your stomach than your legs. To make this harder, speed it up. Build up until you can continue this exercise non-stop for 30s.
3. Pli’e Squat Chop
In a pli’e squat stance (toes out, heels in with feet slightly wider than hip distance), extend arms overhead with palms connected. Bend knees and sit back in heels for a pli’e squat, then stand up on your right leg bringing your left knee to hip height and hands chop cross your body to end at or close to your left hip. Stay on this side for 10 to 15 repetitions. You should feel this through your left side obliques (plus shoulders, inner thighs, quads and glutes). Repeat other side for 10 to 15 reps.
4. Jumping Jack Burpees
Don’t ask me why it’s called a Burpee, but I’m sure you’ve heard of this wonderful exercise
5. Push-up With Pull Through
Starting in push-up position, similar to plank but your hands can be wider than shoulder distance. However, don’t let your hands be more forward than your shoulders. Do one regular push-up, then lift left hand and right foot. Opening your body
Try adding one or all these exercises into your routine to get a cardio ab workout and be one step closer to lose that extra ab flab.