Planks to Flatten Your Abs! #FitnessFriday

Rock Hard Abs

This week’s #FitnessFriday is about flattening your abs and strengthening your core.  Don’t worry — our fitness expert and founder of Bridalicious Bootcamp, Doug Rice is back this week to help.

This week’s question comes from bride-to-be Iris:

Ab Tweet

Doug, suggests an “up-down plank” to help flatten your abs.  Follow the instructions below and watch the video for more exercises that will also help trim your waist line.

What You’ll Need

  • You don’t need any equipment — just a mat or a soft, carpeted area and your own body weight!

How To Do It

  • Lie on your stomach with your legs straight, feet together and forearms on the ground underneath your chest. Clench your fists.
  • Draw in your belly button and squeeze your booty muscles.
  • Lift your body off the floor and form straight line from head to toe, keeping your forearms on the ground.
  • Lift your right forearm off the ground and into a push-up position with your hand on the ground and your arm extended; follow by doing the same on the left side. Then return your right forearm to the ground; follow with the left forearm.
  • Keep straightening your arms and immediately returning to your elbows one side at a time in an up-and-down movement.
  • Continue as rapidly as possible for 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and then repeat for a total of eight times.

Don’t forget to tweet your questions at @theknot and @bridalicious using the hashtag #FitnessFriday to have a chance to have your questions featured next week!

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