Small Space Shape Up: Abs

By: Jessica Roberts

It has never been a better time to start a new fitness plan for the year! Even though it is cold outside and the weather is not the greatest, you can still get your workout without leaving the house. There is no need to pay for a gym membership when there are so many effective moves to do at home. Having limited space is no excuse. Here are 10 exercises that take almost no space.

So clear out a closet, push your desk chair to the side, or sit on your bed, and get ready to work your abs to get that six pack!

Move #1: Plank

With the body elongated, lift up onto the toes, with either the forearms (for beginners) or the palms (advanced) under the shoulders. Hold for one minute.

Photo by: Meagan Broucek

Move #2: Advanced Plank

Get into regular plank position. Then, lift the left hand and the right leg, extending into the air. Hold for three seconds, and release. Repeat with the right hand and the left leg. Do 10 each side.

Photo By: Meagan Broucek

Move #3: Leg Raises

Lying on the back, lift both legs straight into the air above the hips. Slowly lower the legs to the ground (or as far as possible), then lift them back to starting position. Repeat 15 times.

Photo by: Meagan Broucek

Move #4: Russian Twists

Start sitting with legs bent in front of you. Lift the heels off the floor, keeping the torso upright. Hold hands together and tap the floor to the right, then to the left. Repeat 20 times, keeping the feet off the ground.

Photo by: Meagan Broucek

Move #5: Side Plank

Begin lying on your right side. Lift onto the right palm and right foot, and extend the left arm into the air. Hold for one minute; repeat on the left side.

Photo by: Meagan Broucek

Move #6: Single Leg Jack Knives

Start lying on the back with legs straight out. Slowly lift your left leg up while reaching the right arm to the toes. Repeat with the right leg and left arm. Do 10 each side.

Photo By: Meagan Broucek

Move #7: Toe Touches

Lying on the back, life the legs into the air at a 90 degree angle. Crunch up, and touch the fingers to the toes. Repeat 20 times.

Photo By: Meagan Broucek

Move #8: Spider-Mans

Begin in a plank position on the palms. Bring your left knee to your left elbow; then return to starting position. Repeat the move, bringing the right knee to the right elbow. Do 10 each side.

Photo by: Meagan Broucek

Move #9: V Sit Ups

Start lying flat on the back with legs fully extended. Simultaneously bring the torso and legs off the ground, holding at a 45 degree angle. Then, return to starting position. Repeat 10 times.

Photo by: Meagan Broucek

Move #10: Bicycle Crunch

Lie on the back with hands behind the head. Crunch up, bringing the left elbow to the right knee. Keep the shoulders and upper back off the ground. Keep the left leg extended, but lifted off the floor. Repeat, bringing the right elbow to the left knee. Do 10 each side.

Photo by: Meagan Broucek

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