Belly Blaster Blading Workout
One of the most commonly asked questions I receive is about how to achieve 'rock-hard' abs. Clearly the stomach is one the biggest trouble zones for men and women. However, due to biological predispositions women tend to struggle with this more (either that or they are more concerned about it).
So if you are doing extreme amounts of crunches and feel like you have tried everything in hopes of achieving washboard abs you are not alone. Abdominal exercises are some of the most common exercises performed by everyone from beginners to elite athletes. However, to get a flat stomach, you need to do more than just ab exercises! The good news here: Everyone has the ability to get a six-pack; it is often just hiding under a layer (or two) of belly fat.
Now, I can recommend some great ab exercises for ‘stengthening’ and further toning your abs, but thousands of ab exercises aren’t going to reveal a perfect midsection, you must know what to do in order to strip off the donut layer to reveal that whittled waistline. YES, diet of course plays a large role, but the right type of exercise will make all the difference to getting you to your goal, I want to emphasize ‘right’ type of exercise.
So, What is going to strip the midsection fastest?
ANSWER: Intense cardio that makes the abs work harder than ever! Running, cycling, and elliptical, are all great forms of exercise for burning calories, especially if done vigorously, but won’t necessarily flatten the stomach.
I have literally experimented with everything to see if and what DOES work best for this, after much time, energy, and a little frustration, I finally struck gold! Here is what I found to be the winning answer: Cross Country Skate Skiing and Inline Skating.
I actually grew up in Northern Canada where I learned how to ‘skate ski’ as a child, and let me tell you, this is unquestionably one of the hardest, most intense total body workouts I have ever done, and involves both cardio and strength training. The diagonal motion makes the abs work harder than ever and you can literally feel the oblique’s in every move.
However, cross-country skiing for the majority of the population isn’t that feasible or accessible on a daily basis. BUT, you can get the same effects from inline skating! Yes, I kid you not! In fact, many elite cross-country skiers roller ski, or inline skate in their off season to stay in peak shape!
So bust out the Rollerblade® inline skates and get your skate on! And if you don’t know how, don’t be intimidated, take a lesson from a friend, or do like me and just put on some wrist guards, a helmet and experiment for yourself. It’s easier than it looks, and the payoffs are lifelong.
Here is my favorite belly-blasting skate workout:
Warm Up: 5-10 min moderate skating
4-6 HILL Repeats: Find a gradual hill, the longer the better. The hill should take you anywhere from 40 seconds to 3 minutes to get up (for longer hills do less repeats and for shorter hills do more, you be the judge).
Skate up the hill as hard as you can, then recover by skating back down.
6 Wind Sprints: Find a straight stretch of road or pavement, and skate as fast as you can for about 20 seconds. Recover for 15-20 seonds, then doing it again for a total of 6.
**Really USE your core here, think ‘strong core, dig deep’.**
Cool Down: 5-8 minute easy skate.
That’s IT! So skate off in the direction of flat, sexy abs!
Amanda Russell, MBA, CPT.
Health & Fitness Professional
Founder of Amanda Russell Workouts, LLC