Here are five quick tips to get abs like Kat De Luna, my client and friend who will be on FoxNew.com Live Wednesday at 2 p.m..
These are the Cuerpaso trade secrets. Do these five exercises to get flat and sculpted ads.
1. Upper ab region (Benefits= proper digestion, and shirts fit as designer intended)
Lay on your back, hands behind the head, elbows to the side, eyes looking straight up to ceiling (or sky). Exhale as you lift your head about an inch off the ground, contracting your upper abs as you exhale, inhale as you come back down. Repeat. Make sure to look up the entire time, using your abs not your neck, which should rest on your hands. Relax facial muscles and b-r-e-a-t-h-e. Your shirts will fit better after doing this exercise because this ab region tends to improve posture and alignment.
2. Lower ab region (guaranteed smaller waistline)
Get on your back with your knees bent and the sole of your shoes on the ground, bring your knees towards your chest crunching/activating your lower abs and slowly lower your feet till they almost touch the ground, and repeat. Exhale as you lift knees towards you. Be sure to press lower back to ground as you lower your feet. Keep abs engaged – no relaxing here. These are the hardest abs, but essential for a svelte, graceful profile.
3. Left & right oblique (brings you a slender hourglass waistline)
Standing up with your hands behind your head, lift your left knee to touch your left elbow as you crouch your left oblique. Repeat on the other side, alternating back and forth. You’ll feel your waistline muscles burning.
4. Transverse ab muscle (The horizontal line down the center of your body)
Start in a push-up position, resting on hands and toes in horizontal position, and then lower your upper body onto your forearms and hold yourself in a plank position. Take steady and deep breaths for 3 sets of 30 to 45 seconds. Keep facial muscles relaxed, focusing on tightening those abs.
5. All Abs:
Lay on your back with your hands behind your head, bring your right elbow to your left knee, and in a smooth cyclical motion, allow your left elbow to touch your right knee. (For a more challenging move, reach elbow to outer part of opposite knee.) This will work all five of your abdominal muscles at the same time.
Do three sets of 20 of each of these exercises, rest 30 seconds, and repeat. Do these workouts three times a week and on the weekends enjoy the results.
Let’s get toned and beach-ready as spring will soon be upon us.
Tadeo, who is half Dominican, is a celebrity fitness trainer and founder of Cuerpaso, a fast-paced, 50-minute boot camp that fuses Latin dance with soccer movements. Cuerpaso was named one of the top Celebrity Workouts of 2010 by the TV Guide Channel. For more on Tadeo, visit his website www.cuerpaso.com