Give yourself the gift of a toned and sexy core this holiday season. Most of us increase our food intake during the holiday season, and you should be able to enjoy each meal from start to finish. There’s no reason to live in guilt or worry about adding extra pounds around your waist. Our HardCORE Holiday Workout gives you a perfect blend of ab work to keep your entire midsection strong, toned, and free from the extra holiday baggage.
Your core is compromised of your abs and lower back; it’s the centerpiece of the body. There’s more to your core than what you see. A strong, well-developed core can help reduce lower back pain while also creating toned abs. That means no lower belly bulge and extra fat burning every day!
Ab work on its own will help develop the front of the core visually, but without planks and dumbbell work to add resistance, your inner core (which helps balance and set the standard for comfort daily) won’t reach its full potential. Hit your abs on the outside and inside, define your obliques, and enjoy a more comfortable holiday season this year.
HardCORE Holiday Workout
What to Do: Perform this workout four times a week.
What You’ll Need: A yoga mat or soft surface, one medium to heavy set of dumbbells (see below for suggested weight), and an interval timer (available on most phones).
Beginner Workout: Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in between exercises. Complete 3 rounds, resting for 30 seconds in between each round. For weighted exercises, use a 10 to 15 pound dumbbell.
Intermediate Workout: Perform each exercise for 40 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in between exercises. Complete 4 rounds, resting for 30 seconds in between each round. For weighted exercises, use a 15 to 20 pound dumbbell.
Advanced Workout: Perform each exercise for 40 seconds with no rest in between exercises. Complete 4 rounds, resting for 20 seconds in between each round. For weighted exercises, use a 20 to 25 pound dumbbell.
- Reverse Crunch
- Weight Crunch
- Spiderman Plank
- Scissor Lifts
- Boat Pose
- Hollow Rock
- Plank Drag
While you enjoy this HardCORE Holiday Workout, eat healthier this holiday season with any of these 5 Holiday Slow Cooker Recipes You Need Now.
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