Week 1: Tummy Tuck Abs Workout

This was my first attempt at pyramid exercise routine.  So much fun, yet so much pain!

I highly recommend counting out loud (as loud as you can) when you are doing this routine.  Every time you use those core muscles, SHOUT!  Not only will this keep you going, you are also expelling toxins through strng exhales!

For the cardio portion, I did an endurance power walk.

0:00-5:00 Warm up @ 3.5 mph, 0% incline Intensity: 4
5:00-25:00 4.0 mph, 5% incline 6
25:00-30:00 3.0 mph, 0% incline 3

(Intensity level: at 4, I felt my breathing quickened but I could still speak in full sentences.  At level 6, I started dripping sweat and felt slightly out of breath.  Finally, cooling down at level 3 my heart rate slowed and breathing back to normal)

Let’s drumroll for the Burning Core Pyramid routine.

Tummy tuck abs exercise

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Words edited by Jenny Hwang

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13 thoughts on “Week 1: Tummy Tuck Abs Workout

    • Lying on the floor face up. Keep your feet together and make your legs 60 degrees to the ground.
      Then sit up with a straight back (make sure the back is straight the whole time) and also make 60 degrees with your back and the floor (so you look like a V on the floor).
      Bend your knees. Exhale, lean back while pushing your legs straight out (remember to keep that back straight). Inhale, back to the V-shape. And repeat.
      (You can keep the knees bent the whole time in the beginning)
      Work those abs!!!

    • Get into a plank position (hands on the floor shoulder-width apart, legs straight back, and feet about hip distance).
      Walk your feet a few inches toward your hands. Make sure to crunch that abs. This is your starting position.
      Bring your right knee in to your chest (make sure to NOT move your back away from the floor). Send the right leg back. Do the same with the left leg. That’s one rep.
      Here is a really helpful video of mountain climbers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzmKjlbbHzs)
      Good luck!!!

    • Hi Jen, sorry for the late late reply.
      So I start with the regular crunch position with legs up. Make sure the thighs perpendicular to the floor and calves parallel to the floor. Feet and knees are close together. Now rotate to the right around the waist, dropping your feet and knees to the floor (keeping the 90 degree angle and making sure both shoulders on the floor). Do your crunches on one side. Then rotate to the left to do the same.

      Good luck!!

    • Start with the regular crunch position with legs up. Make sure the thighs perpendicular to the floor and calves parallel to the floor. Feet and knees are close together.

      Now rotate to the right around the waist, dropping your feet and knees to the floor (keeping the 90 degree angle and making sure both shoulders on the floor). Do your crunches on one side. (A good crunch in my book is both shoulder blades off the floor. Legs are stationary. Arms and neck relax. Make sure to exhale when you crunch up.) If you have a back problem, I suggest using a yoga mat. But never never never do this on a bed.

      So do 30 on the right side. Then rotate to the left to do 30 more.

      Good luck!!

    • Start by lying flat on your back. Kick both legs up to the sky. Flex the feet. Legs are perpendicular to the floor. Hands and arms can be by the side or extended out. Sometimes I keep my hands wedged under my butt for extra back support.

      Now exhale, point the right foot and slowly lower down the right leg. Keep a very straight leg and make sure the left leg stays up. Lower your right leg to about 2 inches off the floor. Inhale, then flex the right foot and slowly bring the right leg back up. (To make it more difficult, do it slower and when both your feet are up high, kick up and lift the butt off the floor) Do the same for the left leg. Exhale, point, lower, inhale, flex, and raise up. That’s one rep.

      The key to this is to work it very slowly and with a controlled breathing. It’s better to make sure legs are straight and one leg is always straight up in the air then to quickly move through this without working the muscles much.

      Good luck!!! Get that flat tummy!

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