Ab Series 1.0: Mat Basics

 

With summer just around the corner, we constantly find ourselves concerned more than even with core work. The question is just what to do!

Badass Pilates & RIDE instructor Julia Gautreaux leads us through three at-home mat exercises, that are great for both beginner and experienced bodies. With Julia as our model, we don't have a hard time finding some serious motivation (and ab-envy). Follow her killer moves and you'll find yourself feeling the burn & sculpting your way to the beach! 

 

Lower Lift

Steps:

  1. Lie flat on the floor.
  2. Place hands behind head and add a slight upper body curl to engage abs.
  3. Zip legs together as one, and lift both legs straight to the ceiling.
  4. Lower both legs at once to your working level, and draw them back up to repeat.
  5. Repeat 10-15X.

Remember: 

  • Try to focus on pulling your legs in towards your core, protecting your lower back as your legs reach long and away from center
  • Tailbone should stay anchored to the mat throughout entire exercise 
 

No-hand Scissors 

Steps:

  1. Lie flat on the floor.
  2. Bring both legs straight up to the ceiling.
  3. Further engage core and with hands behind head, find an upper body curl.
  4. Draw one leg in towards your core as the other leg reaches long and away in opposition.
  5. Switch legs and repeat for 1 minute.

Remember:

  • The focus here should be on using your abs to pull your leg in towards your center
  • Only reach the opposite leg long and away as far as you can while maintaining a stable connection to the back body
  • You can place hands behind thigh to help pull leg in towards you

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plank to Push Up

Steps:

  1. Start in a solid plank, shoulders over wrists, abs in tight, energy shooting out in opposition from crown of head to heels
  2. Do a push up sending the elbows wide and out to the side, maintaining solid plank form through the whole body
  3. Pull your abs in and up and send your hips towards the ceiling
  4. Lower back to solid plank formation and repeat, gradually adding more push ups