Crunch-Free Ab Circuit Workout
When most women say they want to lose belly fat, they’re usually referring to the stubborn “lower belly pooch.” Well, the search for how to blast away fat in this trouble-zone is over! Below, I’ll show you the step-by-step guide to fire up your belly-fat burning engines!
When it comes to the abdominals, you have three different sets of muscles: the rectus abodminis, obliques, and transverse abdominis.
Let’s start with the rectus abdomonis. These muscles flow from your ribcage to your pelvis, and those are your crunching muscles (what gives you those 6-pack abs!).
Then, we have obliques (internal and external). Whenever you do twisting motions, you’re using your obliques!
The last set of muscles are your transverse abdominis. The transverse abdomonis are your posture muscles, and they run across your body. Think of them as your built-in Spanx! Having trained transverse muscles keeps your belly tightened inward. You use these muscles when you have to squeeze in your tightest pair of jeans without getting pinched!
Look what happens when I’m not engaging my transverse muscles (see photo on left). If I just let my muscles hang out, I get a little belly! Being in this position puts pressure on my lower back, and notice how my poor posture makes me look older and thicker! The trick is to engage your transverse muscles…even when you’re standing! You don’t have to get down on the floor doing ab exercises to be working your abdominals!
2. Burn off the fat!
We all have two types of fat — subcutaneous, which is underneath your skin, and visceral fat, which is marbled through your organs and muscles. The best way to get rid of both kinds is to do HIIT workouts. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a simple concept. After warming up, you push yourself with bursts of high intensity, then pull back the intensity to a steady state. Burst…then pull back, and repeat. This type of training will help burn the fat on your body, including your belly, in the fastest time.
The crunch-free ab video below will fire-up your belly fat loss and jumpstart your way to flat abs!
Move #1: Crunch-Free Coconut Chop Circuit
Video clip from my Total Body Turnaround DVD!