The 2016 Summer Olympics have been so exhilarating to watch, I just can’t get enough. Being a former NCAA scholarship gymnast, I am beyond AMAZED at what the “Final Five” women’s gymnastics team has accomplished. It is certainly not because I didn’t think they were capable, but the overall skill level is outstanding. Gymnastics sure has come a long ways in just a mere 20 years.
With all this excitement, I had to create an “Olympic inspired” workout for you. Here is a mix of sports-themed core exercises that are sure to flatten the tummy and attack unwanted belly fat. Remember the core includes all of the abdominals and lower back muscles that wrap around the body’s midsection. These are used to keep the torso upright, mobile, and flexible. Enjoy this workout, and even if you aren’t an Olympian you can be inspired with these moves. Go USA!!
Swim Kicks –
Our Olympic swim team sure brought home a ton of medals including the great all-time record breaking accomplishments of Michael Phelps. Lie flat on your belly with the arms extended straight above the head and the legs are straight with pointed toes. Lift the opposite arm and leg about six to eight inches off the ground while keeping your hips flat to the ground. Pause and hold for three seconds. Return arm and leg to the ground and then repeat on the other side. Try 20 of these on each side.
Diving Hollow Body Hold –
This is a steady position that divers must use while flipping and twisting in the air before landing in the water with minimal splash. Lie flat on your back. Lift your upper body and shoulders off the ground while suspending your feet in the air about six to eight inches off the ground. Now once you have this position, keep those abs pulled in towards the spine. If you feel any pressure on your back you can try lowering your upper body, lifting your feet higher, placing your hands under your hips or any combination of these modifications. Hold this pose steady or add a slight rock from hips to shoulders for 30 seconds.
Runners Core Lift –
I like to channel my inner track super-star on this exercise envisioning speed, strength, and skill. Begin lying flat on your back. At the same time you are going to lift one knee up towards your chest, while you lift you chest up to almost a sitting position while your arms are in opposition like you are running on the ground. Return your body slowly and controlled back to the ground and repeat on the other side with the opposite knee lifting to the opposite elbow. Try 12 of each of these on each side.
Gymnastics Straddle Crunch –
This movement was actually one I have done for many (many) years, dating back to my gymnastics days. You can pretend you are flying high in the air above the uneven parallel bars in a release move and sitting your body up so you can catch the bar again and swing into your next element. Well, this is a start to that skill 🙂 Begin with your hands behind your head. Your feet are above your hips in a straddle position. Perform one crunch with the hands behind the head and the next crunch with your hands reaching forward between the legs. You can also try all of the crunches reaching between the legs. Try 15 of each of these, or 30 total.
Synchronized Flutter Cross –
While this sport definitely has it’s “uniquenesses” and style about it, these girls are definitely talented, strong and have great breath control. Luckily for this workout we don’t have to hold our breath or do these under water. Begin lying on your back with your feet in the air. Criss cross your feet four times as you lower your legs towards the ground stopping about six inches from the floor. Then with four crosses begin lifting your legs up to the start position. That is counted as ONE repetition. Try 10 reps of this exercise.
You may try this first thing in the morning to get the body stretched out and the core engaged ready to be strong for you all day long. Let me know how you feel after this Olympic inspired workout. For more fitness fun join the Mak Attack Pak in my Living Fit Now Online Coaching or the Living Fit Accountability Coaching.
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