An Abs Challenge As Easy as ABC and 1-2-3
by Kit Rich
Published Aug 18, 2013
Throw a little fun into your workout! These moves are best tackled with a friend because they're silly—but also effective. This routine is all about going back to basics, your "A-B-C's" and "1-2-3's." It attacks all over those abs and although it seems simple, it’s really challenging.
Lying on your back, lift your legs straight up to the sky. Keeping the legs glued together at all times, begin to draw a large capital "A" with them. Then move on to a capital "B" and then to capital "C."
Do the entire alphabet all the way until you get to Z. Make sure to keep your back firmly planted into the ground.
Looking for an even greater challenge? Now do the alphabet backwards! I know some of you just raised your eyebrow with that one!
Lying on your back, lift your legs straight up to the sky. Try to keep your legs as straight and strong as possible. Keep your back firmly planted on the floor with your hands by your sides. With your legs straight up, this is "1." Now drop your legs down to 60 degrees for "2." Then, drop your legs until they're hovering right above the floor. That's "3."
If working with a friend, choose who's going to lead and call the numbers out. The leader begins by calling out the numbers 1–3 in a random order. If the number 3 is called out, drop your legs hovering right over the floor and hold. Hold each position for at least 5 seconds before switching numbers.
The goal is to do this for 1 full minute and then switch the leader. If you’re more advanced, increase the numbers (for example, if you did 1–5, you can assign a number to different positions, depending on how far your legs are from the floor; 1 being straight up and 5 being hovering just above the floor, with three points in between. Feel free to go for longer than 1 minute before switching, too.
If you're working solo, just direct yourself, holding different leg positions for at least 5 seconds before switching, working toward the goal of 1 full minute (or longer!) without resting.
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Kit Rich is Los Angeles-based fitness trainer with endless exercise and nutritional know-how. Hollywood's hottest stars are addicted to Kit's unique, multi-disciplined approach that combines cardio, yoga, Pilates, and weight training. Kit's clients are immediately taken by her funny and honest approach to health and fitness. She treats her clients as she treats herself, "with a hard challenge, sensibility, sensitively, and a good laugh." Follow Kit on Twitter @kitrichfitness.