4 Variations of Basic Moves That Will Make Your Abs Cry (and thank you later)

Who doesn't love a good ab workout? I know I, myself, am a sucker for that good ol' burning death sensation. This tends to make me get creative when it comes to my own ab routines. Well, let me tell you: this one sucks in the best possible way. What You Need:  The Low Down: 20 reps 1-3 rounds. Rest ONLY if you must.

Weighted Scissor Kicks

[caption id="attachment_69999" align="alignnone" width="800"]With weights in hand, begin with both arms and feet elevated just slightly off the ground. TIP: Keep your feet flexed through this whole exercise to really hit those low abs With weights in hand, begin with both arms and feet elevated just slightly off the ground. TIP: Keep your feet flexed through this whole exercise to really hit those low abs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70000" align="alignnone" width="800"]Reach opposite foot to hand SLOWLY and with control. Reach opposite foot to hand SLOWLY and with control.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70001" align="alignnone" width="800"]Begin to switch legs slowly until the opposite arm and leg have reached one another. Again - this is SLOW and WITH CONTROL! TIP: Don't ever let your hands or feet touch the ground Begin to switch legs slowly until the opposite arm and leg have reached one another. Again - this is SLOW and WITH CONTROL! TIP: Don't ever let your hands or feet touch the ground[/caption]

Side Plank Double Raise (per side)

[caption id="attachment_70002" align="alignnone" width="800"]Begin in a high side plank position Begin in a high side plank position. TIP: think of squeezing a quarter between your butt-cheeks to help stabilize you[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70003" align="alignnone" width="800"]Keeping yourself elevated, raise one leg to create a Keeping yourself elevated, raise one leg to create a "star" pose[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70002" align="alignnone" width="800"]Lower back to high side plank Lower back to high side plank[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70007" align="alignnone" width="800"]Kristin-V1Studio (48 of 327) Bring your knee forward to a crunch position[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70008" align="alignnone" width="800"]Kristin-V1Studio (49 of 327) Return to starting position and repeat![/caption]

Circular V-Ups (these are just as bad as they sound)

[caption id="attachment_70010" align="alignnone" width="800"]Begin with your back flat on the ground with hands at your side, legs in a half v position. TIP: If you aren't sure where to start with your legs point them skyward first and slowly lower them. Once it starts to burn, thats where you should stop. This is your starting position. Begin with your back flat on the ground with hands at your side, legs in a half v position. TIP: If you aren't sure where to start with your legs point them skyward first and slowly lower them. Once it starts to burn, thats where you should stop. This is your starting position.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70011" align="alignnone" width="800"]Keeping your torso on the ground at all times and your legs straight, slowly start making a big circle Keeping your torso on the ground at all times and your legs straight, slowly start making a big circle[/caption] Kristin-V1Studio (52 of 327) Kristin-V1Studio (53 of 327) [caption id="attachment_70014" align="alignnone" width="800"]Once you have returned to start position, engage your core and lift your shoulder to create a V position. Once you have returned to start position, engage your core and lift your shoulder to create a V position.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70010" align="alignnone" width="800"]Return to starting position. Repeat opposite direction. Return to starting position. Repeat opposite direction.[/caption]

Flutter Kicks

[caption id="attachment_70015" align="alignnone" width="800"]Begin with both feet raised off the floor, one slightly higher than the other TIP: If you find your low back lifting, you can create a Begin with both feet raised off the floor, one slightly higher than the other TIP: If you find your low back lifting, you can create a "diamond" shape with your hands and place them under your bum (as shown in the photo)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70016" align="alignnone" width="800"]Keeping both legs off the floor, switch legs. Repeat. Keeping both legs off the floor, switch legs. Repeat.[/caption]

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