Here at the Yummy Mummy Club we don’t believe you have to do countless sit ups and crunches to get the abs that you want!
Doing sit-ups and crunches will not get you a flatter stomach. To rid the layer of subcutaneous fat that is sitting around our abdominals, we believe you need to eat well and incorporate compound exercises into your exercise routine that will burn a lot of calories and target your core. Sit-ups and crunches will strengthen and help build strong abdominal muscles, but to lose the surrounding fat, we recommend you try these compound exercises:
Getting into a press up position. Keeping the elbows relaxed, bring your weight forward onto your forearms. This creates a straight line form from your shoulders to your feet. Pull the belly button into the spine. Hold this position.(1)
Underneath the bar, stand with your feet hip-width apart. You want the toes pointing out about 15-30°. Keep your hands shoulder width apart, so they fall just beside your legs. When you are ready to pick up the bar, bend your knees low enough to get the shin close to the bar. Grab the bar, with a straight back and lifted chest, squeeze your shoulder blades. Take a deep breath, pick up the bar (keeping it close to your body). Keep your shoulders relaxed at the top of the deadlift. (2)
With your hands shoulder width apart grab the bar. You want your palms facing down. Once you are hanging, bend your knees to lift your feet off the ground. Pull yourself towards the bar by pointing the elbows down towards the floor. Try bring yourself up until your chin passes the bar. Lower yourself down to straighten out the arms. (3)
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. You want the toes pointing out about 15-30° and your knees bent. Chin should be in neutral position with your eye gaze straight ahead. Hold the kettlebell with both hands between your legs. When you are ready to swing, bend your hips back and engage the glutes until the kettlebell is behind your legs. Let the kettlebell swing back to the set position (4)
Barbell Front Squat
Hold the barbell on the front of your shoulders using both hands. Stand with your feet just outside your shoulders. Keep your back and neck in a neutral position, and keep your knees centred over your feet. Slowly sit into your heals, bending your knees, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle. Return to starting position. (5)