When I’m feelin’ Sassy–Fab Ab Tip #2

Tip #2:  Build strength! Now that you’ve got your cardio going and your burning fat, its time to build some strength!  Muscles are way more efficient than flab.  Having a strong core not only looks lovely in a bathing suit, but it protects you from getting injured!  So, put in a little burn time!

When I’m feeling sassy, I switch up my workout and throw this one into the mix.  Since this is Fab Abs February and I want some seriously Fabulous Abs, I’m going to do this every few days, increasing by one set each time.  Here’s how it goes…

  1. Choose two core exercises (I typically go with pushups and situps)
  2. Choose a number of reps that is appropriate for you to start at. This will probably be somewhere between 5 and 2o.  I started at 15 this week.
  3. Do a set at your starting number (15 pushups, 15 situps or whatever you are doing)
  4. Do a set of 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, all the way down to one.
  5. In three days, do the workout again but start one higher (I’ll start at 16).
  6. Continue this every three days, adding a set each time!

This is a great way to increase strength.  I rarely feel sore after core workouts but this one gets me every time (which I love).  I call it “20 down to 1”  or “15 down to one”… wherever you’re at is great!

Here’s how many reps you’ll end up doing it you start at:

10–55 reps

15– 120 reps

20– 210

Sometimes, if I’m feeling EXTRA sassy, and I have muscle strength left on my last set, I’ll just keep going until failure (until I can literally not do another pushup).  You might surprise yourself!

Boom! Brendan Braizer, vegan pro-triathlete, have a pretty good core going on, eh?


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