When you’re bored of planks (or just not in the mood), and really want to focus on your lower abdominal muscles, Nike master trainer Traci Copeland has two moves you should try.
1. The V-up is great at targeting your lower abs, Copeland explains.
I caught up with Copeland after she co-led a massive fitness event with Kevin Hart in NYC. The workout involved rotating between different stations, each station featuring a new set of moves. (Think agility ladder drills and partner jump squats…Hart’s workout is no joke!) One of those stations included Copeland’s top exercise for training the lower abs: the V-up. “I did them for conditioning when I was a gymnast,” she says.
See how to do the modified exercise in the video above. If you want to tackle the more challenging version, here’s how: Lie face up on a mat with your arms and legs extended and lifted a few inches off the floor. Now raise your legs and arms bringing your hands to meet your toes over your torso. Slowly lower back to the starting position without allowing your hands and feet to touch the floor.
2. Another go-to move is a full extension with a medicine ball.
Courtesy of Traci Copeland via N+TC app
“This drill involves using the med ball for added resistance,” Copeland explains. It’s also a move featured on the free Nike Training Club app. To do it: Lie on your back with your legs extended and arms reaching overhead with a medicine ball between your hands. Bring arms and knees toward each other, lifting your shoulder blades off the floor. Slowly return back to start.
Of course it’s important to note that you can’t just train your lower abs.
To see the best results you want to focus on your ENTIRE core (which includes your abs, lower back, glutes, and obliques), incorporate total-body cardio conditioning (to help burn fat), and stick with a healthy, balanced diet. Add these exercises to your regular routine and feel the burn!
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