Anywhere ab workout

Our guest blogger today is fitness expert and new mom Nicole Glor.

I recently had a "c-section" and thought I will never have my abs back. However, while planning my next video, "Hard Core Abs," I found that these moves, combined with healthy diet and cardio, can take anyone from C-to-6! Try them now to harden your core and work your arms as well.

Thread the needle

Lie in a side plank on your left elbow and hip, legs extended. Lift the hips off the floor to balance on the elbow and forearm and outside of your left foot (you can also stagger the feet so one is in front of the other for balance).
Extend your right arm to the ceiling and then bring it down to the floor and reach it toward the back of your mat, threading the needle underneath your left armpit. Bring right arm back up toward the sky to complete one rep. (Trainers tip: Try not to sink in your left shoulder by keeping the core and left arm strong and dynamic.) Do 15 reps and repeat on the other side. Total of three sets.

Hip Dip
Assume the same starting position as threat the needle – side plank on your left elbow and forearm but with right hand on your right hip. Simply stack feet and lift hips off the floor and then tap the mat with left hip by bringing them back down without collapsing. Tap and lift hips for 15 reps and repeat on the other side. Do three sets.
Weighted oblique reach
Lay on your back with a 10-pound weight in your hands. Knees should be bent and feet flat on the floor. Lower the weight behind your head to the floor, and then bring it back up while crunching and twisting the weight to your right side.
Repeat from the ground up and then crunch and twist to your left for one rep. Repeat for 15 reps. Do three sets total in your workout. Finish any ab workout with some lower back toning, because the back is an essential part of a hard core.

Fitness, Fit it in. Nikki

NikkiFitness is an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan and fitness columnist for Her workouts focus on multitasking toning and cardio intervals to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. She has 4 DVDs on Amazon including the new Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, Military Wife Workout and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at

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