Posts Tagged ‘abs’

Ten Moves To Tighten The Tummy

Look what we have here! Another post cataloging some of my favorite exercises for different body parts. In this post, I will focus on that area we all want to work efficiently. The abs! The traditional plank will always reign supreme as my top tummy tigthener and core stengthener, but you will regularly find me completing the following ten moves for my abdominals as well. Enjoy!

Stability Ball Roll-Outs

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Kneel with a stability ball in front of you. Place your hands on the ball. Slowly roll your hands, then arms along the ball while keeping your back straight. Flow through the motion until you are extended like in the second photo above. Using control, return to start.

Stability Ball Roll-Ins

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Place your feet/shins on a stability ball with your upper body in a straight arm plank position. Using your abs, pull your knees into your chest while your legs roll along the ball. Slowly return to start.

Medicine Ball Oblique Twists


Sit with your knees bent and lean back slightly while holding a medicine ball. Draw your belly button in and twist from side to side tapping your elbow down to the floor. Go from side to side, while keeping the movement controlled.



Begin with your body in a “V” – legs out straight, arms extended overhead, and belly pulled in. Slowly bring everything in to the middle while rising up into a seated position. Return to start and repeat for reps.

Standard Bicycle Crunch


I don’t know why, but I love these and they never fail to get me. Twist your upper body so your elbow/shoulder are reaching toward the opposite knee. Using control, switch sides.

Oblique V Crunch


Similar to the V-Crunch above, but done with a focus on the oblique by completing the motion while sitting on the side, meaty portion of the derriere. Side note: I think that is the first time I have ever typed derriere on my blog. It was fun.

Spiderman Planks

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These HURT! Start in a straight arm plank and hold for 10-15 seconds. Then complete 10-15 reps on one side by bringing your knee up towards your chest. Hold the standard plank another 10-15 seconds and finish with 10-15 reps on the opposite side. OUCH!

Boat Pose


Hang out in this position as long as you can stand it. If you last longer than 45 seconds, you beat me! Be sure to keep your abs tight and your lower back supported. And I just noticed – check out the seriousness on my face. Ha!

Bosu Cross Punch

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I stole this idea from the Physique 57 workout DVD I received awhile ago. The unsteady surface, extended leg, and the crossing motion work it all, folks! It’s a good burn.

Decline Bench Crunch

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Yet another that I love for some odd reason. I just feel it so much more than a standard crunch. I love using the decline bench for hip lifts too. Such a challenge!

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As always, focus on training for strength, health, and function over appearance. A defined stomach is nice, but the core strength is what we really need. And don’t forget that I’m not a certified trainer, so please use any of the above information at your own discretion.

What is your favorite way to train your core? Any abs moves you hate?

Posted by Tina on July 27th, 2011 58 Comments

New Series: FFF Features

For awhile I have wanted to start a weekly post featuring some of my favorites from the week. Featured workout move (with a short vlog to show each week), favorite moment of the week, top posts I recently read, favorite meal, and whatever else pops in my head. And what better time than now? I hope you all like it!!!

Featured Move: The Plank
I haven’t started fully working out again yet, but I did want to go ahead and begin strengthening my core again. Enter the plank – my all-time favorite core move. You even get a peek at cutie pie Makenzie doing her own version.

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Featured Moment: FFF’s Blog Birthday/Anniversary
I had a lot of memorable moments this week – my “Real Deal” post and fitting into my jeans again – but reaching the 1 year milestone stands out to me personally.

Featured Meal: Care Meals
I can’t pick one meal this week. I appreciate the numerous meals our friends have provided for us recently.


Featured Post: Katy from The Singing Runner - “The Tides Have Changed”
I’m a sucker for when people pour out their emotions and things they currently struggle with. There was something special about Katy’s post that reflected her uncertainty on different paths she faces in the upcoming future.


Featured Fun: Despicable Me
Peter & I watched this movie one night and it was surprisingly very funny and cute. I love kid movies with a hidden adult sense of humor.

Featured Cuteness: Play  time together


Featured Question: What things would you like to see in the FFF Features?

Posted by Tina on January 22nd, 2011 58 Comments


Catch Up With Recent Posts

Announcement Time

Posted: November 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

Well, I have had a whirlwind of a few weeks over here. I missed all of you so much! I can’t express enough gratitude for your patience while I got some important things sorted out. Some scary things. Are you ready for the announcement? Here goes! I will no longer be blogging at Faith Fitness [...]

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Self-Love Reflection: The Road Not Taken

Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hello FFF readers! Nice to meet ya! My name is Carissa and my husband and I blog at Fit2Flex.  Well, I blog…he consults! We are both certified personal trainers with a passion for healthy, active living and clean eating.  I am also studying to become a registered dietitian, a race announcer, and a runner.  Stop [...]

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Healthier Eating For Kids

Posted: November 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about tips for baby feeding magic. What if you let baby choose what’s for dinner? Check out their cute "Quest for Yum!" video and see what happens! As parents, we want the best for our children. We help them to feel loved. We strive to teach them [...]

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Posted: November 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hey, everyone! I wanted to pop in and say I am working on some new and exciting changes.  As a result,I may not be posting as much during the coming week.  Please stay tuned for the big announcement! Love you all! And still feel free to find me on Twitter and Facebook for the time [...]

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Where The Change Happens

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

It’s kind of funny. I become a certified personal trainer and the first workouts I turn to this week come from someone else. The book came in for me at the library last week and, after flipping through it, I couldn’t wait to give the circuits a go. Making The Cut includes a lot of [...]

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From Beginning To End

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

Good morning! First off, thanks for the many congrats yesterday. Love you all bunches for the tons of support you have given me in so many things this year. I hope I can return a little bit of that love through this here blog as well. So yesterday I had my first parent-teacher “conference” for [...]

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