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Abs on Fire

six-pack-absSince spring is just around the corner, I put together a fresh new ab workout for you to try out. Let me know how you like it!

Abs on Fire Workout

15 Med Ball Throw
15 Russian Twist
15 Oblique Crunch L
15 Oblique Crunch R
15 Side Plank Pulses L
15 Side Plank Pulses R

Grab your tools and get ready to follow me through one round. Then repeat for a total of 3 rounds.

If you train hard and desire to live a life on fire for fitness, follow @Reebok on twitter and use the hashtag #livewithfire.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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30-Minute Cardio & Abs Hotel Workout

What You EAT in Vegas, Does Not STAY Vegas!
I don’t cheat on my wife, or do anything illegal, when I’m on vacation, but that doesn’t mean sins are not committed. Gluttony happens to the best of us, and I only wish I keep it a secret – if only to be that lucky. Believe me, I bring back every extra calorie for everyone to see. In my case, it’s what I ate in Orlando, Florida that was the sin I committed – and I didn’t have to travel to Sin City to do it.

Seriously, no matter how good I try to be, I still eat more calories when I’m traveling. So, if I want to have a chocolate and caramel covered freshly baked pretzel dipped in copped peanuts (theoretically speaking of course), then I have make time for hotel gym time in order to combat the fa – no ifs, ands or buts.

Even though some hotels are stocked up on cardio and equipment, like the Windham Grand (pictured here), most hotels at least have the basics – like an elliptical machine, treadmill and bike, with a few weights or tools, like a medicine ball, bench and a mat. If I have the time, I’ll hit both weights and cardio. But, if time is limited, and I want to get on with my playtime, I’ll focus on burning calories. For me, my calorie burning machine of choice was the elliptical, with a dollop of abs on top.

Cardio & Abs Hotel Circuit

Don’t let Holiday travel and festivities sabotage your fitness!! #GetAfterIt with short effective workouts like this one (the workout I did Saturday before hitting Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival).

10 Minutes Elliptical
25 Weighted Crunches
20 Oblique Crunches (right)*
20 Oblique Crunches (left)*
20 Figure 8 Crunch with Medicine Ball
3 ROUNDS

Take oblique crunches up a notch by adding lower body movement, like the Snowboarder Crunch. Once you are done, I guarantee you’ll feel SO much better – and not feel quite as bad for the extra calories you eat! And, if you’re like me, you will be able to actually have fun knowing you got your workout in and made room for a some extra treats! (see how happy I am?) 😉

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

How to Get Perfect Abs

I love fundamentals.  Fundamentals are the foundation from which more complex and effective derivatives are built upon.  So many pro athletes achieve stardom and fame only to eventually fall into a slump and return to the basics.  Many coaches and athletes alike will tell you, if you perfect the fundamentals, there may be no need for much else.

My Striking, and grappling skills are continuing to get better.  As I get more advanced,  I’ve noticed that every class starts with repeating basic drills that I learned from the very first day; and so it is with abdominal work.

You can do V-ups, X-ups, sit ups, roll ups, knee ups, or just about any abdominal exercise you want,  and without using basic fundamentals,  you will never effectively work the target area.  Most ineffective abdominal work is caused from poor set up.  If you can accomplish a good starting position and maintain good positioning during the range, your abs will cry sweaty tears of bliss.  So, how do we set up to get all the “goody” out of our abdominal training? glad you asked!

1. Lay down on your back with knees bent and feet on the floor
2. Roll your belt line (low back)  into the mat or ground (a slight posterior pelvic tilt)
3. Use the hamstrings to lock your pelvis into position.  Do this by digging your heels into the ground and pull them toward your buttocks to tighten your hamstrings holding your pelvis in a posterior tilt
4. Place your hands behind your neck holding the base of your noggin (nuchal line) and keep your elbows open and wide.
5. Look straight up keeping your chin off your chest.
6. Pull your naval into your spine AS YOU EXHALE.
7.
As you exhale, PULL YOUR TRANSVERSE ABDOMINALS IN, LIFT YOUR SHOULDER BLADES OFF THE FLOOR UNTIL ONLY THE MID BACK (THORACIC REGION) IS TOUCHING
(NOTE: LIFT STRAIGHT UP AS IF YOU HAVE A GLASS OF WATER ON YOUR CHEST… TRY NOT TO ROLL UP IN AN ARC)

Congratulations, you just executed a perfect crunch!

Continue to use these same principals for all abdominal work.  These fundamentals will help facilitate and recruit more abdominal musculature durring your workout giving you “perfect abs”.

NOTE: Don’t forget – no matter how great your ab exercises are, you’ll never see them if you don’t diet. Diet is 80% of getting the abs of your dreams!

Tractor Tire Abs

Here is an entire ab & core workout I put together for GNC utilizing a tractor tire. Since many MMA camps and boot camps us tractor tires, I decided to come up with a few exercises to help you make the most of your tractor tire. Don’t have one? You can get a used on free at your local tractor repair store or dealer – or you can use a stability ball or bench.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.

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