It's Fitspo Friday! Ready for some workout motivation and my favorite ab workout of the week? It's almost Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., so that's always a good reason to workout. If that doesn't motivate you, then just do it so you'll be healthier!
FITSPO: Short for Fitness-Based Inspiration. Images of active, strong, and fit women that promote proper exercise and diet.
I post this definition every week as a reminder that this is a place for positive + healthy inspiration. I try not to promote images that are unrealistic or that would require surgery to achieve. Fitness is all about consistently eating right, working out, and — most importantly — feeling and being healthy!
My favorite workout this week is a version of the pike done on the stability ball. I love pike-style workouts for the abs, because they're great for developing that fantastic line of definition down the center of the abs. They're also good for your arms! Here's a beginner version of the workout:
Here's a more advanced version:
To do this workout, first get in push-up position and place a stability ball behind you with the top of your toes resting on top of it. Using your core muscles, pull your knees in towards your chest (for the easier version) or pull your bottom towards the ceiling while keeping your legs straight (for the more advanced version). Try to work up to 3 sets of 15 reps. If you're in need of a ball, I still recommend this great stability ball from Target that has workouts printed on the side of it. It comes with a workout DVD, too. If you don't want to purchase a stability ball, you can do sliding pikes on the floor using plates or frisbees, as seen in this post.
If you haven't seen it yet, you may want to check out my recent tips about How to Get Lean Fast. And if you've seen Olivia Munn's recent diet advice splashed all over the news about her 80/20 diet and are considering trying it, you may want to read my post called Fill Half Your Plate With Fruits and Veggies. I definitely recommend getting lots of protein if you attempt the 80/20 diet, especially if you're trying to build muscle. Don't forget to follow on Bloglovin’ or sign up for our weekly newsletter if you want to stay up-to-date on blog posts. Have a happy and healthy weekend!
Disclaimer: I’m not a trainer, I just like motivating others to workout and live a positive and healthy lifestyle. Check with your doctor if you have questions prior to beginning a new fitness routine.
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