Top 6 abs and core exercises by celeb trainer Tracy Anderson
American wellness and fitness entrepreneur and author Tracy Anderson knows what it’s like not to be super slim and healthy. She’s been there. Today, when you’d look at her, though, you would find it hard to believe that this incredibly beautiful, healthy woman used to struggle with weight gain or that she’s a mother of two children. Just look at that body!
However, not only that Tracy Anderson managed to get into enviable shape after putting on 60 pounds during her first pregnancy – she’s also built an empire helping many celebs reach their best shape. Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Shakira, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie and Cameron Diaz are just some of them.
And now, now it’s your turn. Are you ready for the challenge?
Get into shape with the 6-move series created by famous celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson
Summer is right behind the corner, but your body confidence – not really. You don’t feel like your body is beach-ready at all. And… that’s totally fine. Don’t panic and don’t give into despair. Summers will come and go, so will the bikinis.
What stays with you forever is your body. Learn to treat it with love and respect and it will repay you. Absolutely nothing is going to happen if you don’t look as glamorous as all those celebrities wearing a bikini this summer. However, why you actually might consider getting into your best shape and lose the extra weight (if you have any) is to preserve your health and fuel your energy levels. Nothing screams beauty as loud as health. Wearing that super tiny flowery dress that’s been laying at the bottom of your closet for a few seasons now is only a bonus. Remember, it’s never too late to start taking care of your health! And Tracy Anderson, who lives by this motto, is a living example.
Now, let’s get down to business and start building some abs and strengthening our core!
Before we start, keep in mind that it’s important to work your way through the whole circuit, first performing all the exercises given on your left side, then on the right. If you stick to these moves by doing 30 reps per each side and perform them 6 times a week, Tracy Anderson promises you a stronger core and flatter abs in only a month. It’s worth trying!
1- Sit up & split
Lie on your back with your legs extended in a wide split and your hands lightly placed behind your head for support. Then pull your legs up and in to connect them as you’re lifting your torso up. Continue crunching up until you’re in sitting position, while lowering legs to the floor, then reaching your right little toe with the left hand. Lower down, then repeat.
2- Knee-pull crunch
Lie on your back, placing your hands behind your head and extending your legs diagonally to the left, with the right ankle over the left one. Crunch up while uncrossing your legs and pulling knees toward chest. Then, extend legs to the right as you cross the left ankle over the right one.
3- Cross & kick
Lie down face up, with your right leg extended and your left ankle tucked under the right knee. Put your right hand on your left foot and your left hand behind head. Crunch up, twisting your waist, then bend your right leg and lift it, bringing it over to the left.
4- Cross-leg crunch
Lie face up, with your left foot placed on the floor, slightly turned out. Bend your right leg and cross the foot over the left knee. Put your left hand on the left shin and your right hand behind head. Start crunching up while extending your right hand through your legs.
5- Cross-leg reach
Extend your leg straight out and put your hands behind your head while lying face up. Crunch up to the sitting position while crossing your left knee over right. Then, rotate your torso so in a way that the right elbow reaches toward your left ankle, and your left arm reaches back.
6- Twisting kick
Lie on your left side with your legs bent and your soles facing back, while your bottom arm supports your body in a slight crunch. Reach the right leg behind while keeping the knee bent and allow a gentle arch in the back. Rotate torso to the right so it comes to the center as you extend your right leg up.