Have you been paying attention to your Abs?…

I’ve been looking around for some new abdominal workouts and I’ve found one that I really enjoy doing and it kicks my butt at the same time.  It’s a fairly long ab workout, which I was trying to avoid, but it incorporates a good variety of moves targeting all areas of the abdominal muscles.  So far I have been doing this workout twice a week and because it is a longer circuit, I have decided to perform the circuit on days where my lift workout is not quite as long in duration as others. One day of which is strictly my cardio day, so I focus on just this routine before hitting the pavement.  The other day is strictly a lift day without cardio, so I will perform this ab circuit after completing my lift routine for the day.

It does require some equipment, although there are definite ways to modify.  An olympic bar, stability ball, weight stack, and abdominal bench are needed.  If you do not have access to these pieces of equipment, still read on and watch the video.  You can modify the olympic bar with any heavy piece of equipment that you can hold in both hands.  A stability ball is no more than $20 at Target.  The weight stack you can replace with either heavy ankle weights or placing a dumbbell between both ankles while performing a laying leg raise.  And you don’t absolutely have to have a bench.  You can perform that particular exercise on the floor, or on the stability ball which will allow your body to decline almost as much as the abdominal bench…you may need something to secure your feet under if holding a heavy weight.

Here is the video for HD Abs and I will also post this on My Workout page under Abdominal Exercises.

Quick Fruits & Veggies…

Here’s a quick one for you!  It can be very difficult to try and get in all of the fruits, veggies, protein, and carbs needed in a day.  Here is a fast and efficient way to add some fruit and veggies to your life without spending too much time preparing them.

My postworkout protein shake is a combination of Gaspari Protein, almondmilk, kale, and half an avocado.  As long as you have a decent blender, it comes out smooth and tasty!  I also have another shake during the day and that shake I make a little bit different.  I use blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries mixed with Greek Yogurt (which packs double the amount of protein than regular yogurt!), orange and cranberry juice, a small scoop of vanilla protein powder, and a little cinnamon.

These are just a few fast ways to add fruits and veggies to your diet without all of the prep work.  I buy my fruit in giant frozen bags so they last longer and are easier to grab and mix in the mornings.

 

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