6 easy steps to amazing abs like Zendaya
Amazing abs in six steps? Yes, please! Andia Winslow, founder of #TheFitCycle (thefitcycle.com), came up with this core workout just for GL. “These moves engage the entire core,” she swears. Work ‘em three times a week and, yeah, you’ll be ready to rock anything with confidence (just like Zendaya).
1. Open Doors
Stand tall with your arms outstretched to both sides and parallel to the ground. Raise one leg in front of you so the angles between your hip, knee and foot are at 90 degrees. “Open the door” by moving the raised leg outward until your thigh is parallel to your outstretched arm, making sure you stand tall and maintain a 90-degree angle at the hip and knee. Repeat 10 times with the same leg, then switch legs for 10 more reps.
2. Door Slams
Starting from “open door” position, move your leg across your body into a “closed” position. Stand tall, engage your core and maintain the 90-degree angle at your hip and knee as you steadily swing your leg back and forth across your body. Repeat for 10 reps on each side.
3. Reverse Crunch
Lie on your back with your legs in the air, bent at a 90-degree angle, and your arms by your side. “Crunch” your lower body toward your torso by lifting your butt off the ground and bringing your knees toward your nose. Then slowly lower the small of your back and then your butt back down to starting position flat on the ground. Repeat 10 times.
4. Traveling Scissors
While lying on your back, prop yourself up on your elbows and raise your legs straight up in the air. Slowly lower your legs while criss-crossing them over one another until your feet are a few inches above the ground. Hover for a moment, then criss-cross again, this time moving in an upward motion until you’re back in the starting position. Repeat 10 times.
5. Kneeling Opposites
Start on all fours with your back straight and your hands and knees aligned beneath your shoulders and hips. Extend your right arm and left leg, reaching both as far as possible while keeping shoulders and hips square to the ground. Return to the starting position and repeat 10 times, then switch and repeat with your left arm and right leg.
Lie on your stomach with arms and legs outstretched. Simultaneously lift both arms and legs off the ground like you’re flying, then return. Repeat 10 times.
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