I love starting the week with a workout post because Mondays always feel like a fresh beginning. I had an awesome weekend celebrating my friend’s wedding, but after three days of eating, drinking and staying up late dancing, it feels damn good to work up a sweat.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw a sneak peek of the aftermath of this workout (= me dead on the floor haha). I got a couple comments on the rug and couch, so I think it’s a perfect time to talk about Breather. Breather recently launched in Boston and is a service that allows you to rent rooms by the hour (or half hour) throughout the city for meetings, getting work done, relaxing or, as I used my breather, photoshoots!
The rooms have Wi-Fi, yoga mats, table space as well as couches, and are decorated in a sort of clean hipster fashion that I love. In addition to Boston, Breather is located in New York, San Francisco, Ottawa & Montreal. If you’re located in one of those cities, you can use the code PUMPIRON to get an hour free!
Power Wheel (or Slider) Ab Workout
Equipment I Used:
Set a timer for 16 rounds of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. There are four exercises in this workout and you’ll go through them four times. You can make this workout as hard as you want by holding a forearm plank during the 10 seconds of “rest” instead of truly resting. When I did the workout, I made it through the first round of four exercises without resting and then took the 10-second break here and there as needed throughout the next three rounds.
- Twisting Bear Oblique Crunches | Start in a plank position with your feet strapped into the power wheel. From here, bend your knees and roll them towards the right elbow, twisting from the waist. Roll back to plank and then crunch the knees in towards you left elbow, again twisting through the waist. As you crunch side to side, try to keep your hips at shoulder height (don’t sit your bum down towards your heels; you want the target oblique engaged and holding your hips up).
- Plank to Pike | You can do this from your hands or forearms. Start in a plank position with your feet strapped into the power wheel. Keeping your legs straight, pike your hips up into the air, bringing your body into an upside down “v” shape. Once you hit your peak (if you have tight hamstrings, you may not be able to get your hips up very high—that’s ok!), slowly lower back down into plank position.
- Army Crawl | With feet strapped into power wheel, start in a plank with your forearms at the end of an exercise mat. Army crawl your way up the length of the mat, one forearm in front of the other, maintaining the plank position as you roll forward. When you can no longer go any farther forward, reverse the motion, crawling your forearms backward towards the starting edge of the mat. As you move, try to keep your hips level in a plank. They’ll want to dip side to side with each step of the forearms; use your core strength to stabilize them.
- Cobra Walking Planks | Start in a plank position with your feet strapped into a power wheel. From this starting position, you’re going to roll backward, maintaining your plank position and bending your elbows (think of a triceps dip: arms stay in close to your sides) so that you slowly lower down to a forearm plank. From here, do a walking plank, pressing up one hand at a time to straight arms so that you’re back in high plank and read to start your next rep. With the walking plank, try to alternate your lead hand every time so that you’re not always pressing up with your dominant arm.
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