To complement the plyo video, I’m starting off the day with some abs.
Now I’ll warn you, these abdominal exercises are not for the faint hearted. Just because they are level one, does not make them any less difficult! I actually really swear by this ab workout- it is truly the best thing you can do for your waistline. Subsequent levels will incorporate weights, resistance bands, and elevated legs, but this is a great place to start. The most important thing here is that you have the proper form. Though I explain this in the video, I’m going to give you a few pictures to make it really clear.
You start down on your forearms with elbows under shoulders and knees bent. Before you do anything, you want to make sure your lower back is pressed into the floor and your abdominals are pulled in. Think about a slight pelvic tilt upward.
When you’re ready, you let go and grab onto your outer thighs. The key here is to make sure you stay right where you were on your forearms. Think about keeping your entire body in the same place except for the arms. Once you are holding on, make sure your elbows are wide and slightly bent. Notice, the bottom part of my lower back is still pressing into the floor.
Lastly, you can let go of your thighs. Make sure you don’t come down too low or up too high. If you cannot hold your position with both arms extended, then hold on to the outer thigh with one hand.
Typically, I teach these exercises in core fusion, but I’ve included them here with some upbeat music to keep you going. The original version of this comes from Fred DeVito and Elizabeth Halfpapp.
Feel free to do this video more than once- you’ll really feel sore the next day.