Earlier this month, my family went on a trip to Maui, and we were sure to fit in a few self-run boot camp classes while we were there. Since Group X participants are always requesting ab exercises in class, I enlisted the help of my family to showcase a few ideas you can try in your next class (beach optional :)).
Here are two ab exercises worth considering for your next group fitness class.
Ab Exercises #1: Up & Down Plank
My friend and I partnered up to show the Up & Down Plank. Start on your elbows and toes. If you’d like, you can also be on your knees. Just make sure your body is in a straight line from the shoulders to the ankles or knees.
From there, you’ll want to press up onto your hands, trying to keep your hips square to the floor. Continue to press up and down, switching the hand you start with each time.
Ab Exercises #2: Flutter Kicks
Put your hands under your hips, then straighten your legs out in front of you. Make sure your legs are about one to two feet off the ground – keep them pretty low to the ground. Lift one leg about six inches higher and then switch, bringing that foot back to the starting position and the other six inches higher.
Make the movement fast, small and quick. If you’d like an extra challenge, cross your arms over your chest instead. For a modification, don’t straighten your legs all the way.
These are great ab exercises and workouts to do in your next group fitness or Group X class. They’re especially challenging if you include them in a back-to-back rotation of different exercises.
For more exercise ideas or workout routines to try, check out the workout routines and playlists page.