Mini-Band Summer Ab Workout

Now more than ever, the most important thing you can do is get a good ab workout in. Why?

Because it’s summertime, ladies!

There are a million ways to get a good ab workout, but here is a unique way to get it done. The best part about this workout is that you need very minimal equipment. The mini-band that I’m using in this video for the ab workout can be found in almost every store that sells workout equipment, and the bands are fairly cheap. You can buy them online, too.

OK, so let’s get to the workout.

How You Do It

• Go for 40 seconds on move 1
• Rest for just 20 seconds
• Go again on the same move for just 20 seconds
• Then move on to the next exercise
Simply put, it’s 40 seconds on, 20 seconds off, 20 seconds back on and then move on.

The Moves

1. Hanging Mountain Climber
Put the band right on the tops of your shoes, and jump up to a pull-up bar or anything that lifts your feet off of the ground. Staying very stable (try not to sway or swing), bring one knee to your chest and keep your other leg straight. You’ll work your rectus abdominus and hip flexors, all while stretching your lats and working your grip. No need to go super fast with these.

2. Band 4 Corners
This one always baffles people when they find out how hard it is to do. It might look easy, but your core will be screaming. Hold a solid push-up position, keeping your low back stiff and your body aligned from head to toe. While holding that position, move your hands and hit the four corners. Pretend you are drawing a big box with your hands (up, down, up, down). Get it?

3. Hanging Raise to Open
This is where it gets tough. Go back to that hanging position and again place the band on the tops of your shoes. Keeping your legs straight, slowly bring your legs up to hip height. As you bring them up, spread your feet apart as wide as you can. Then bring your legs back together and bring them down. Go slow with these, and take your time. Your abs will be screaming and the outside of your hips will be lit up.

4. Renegade Row
Now we go back to that push-up position, only this time you place the band right around your thumbs. Holding that push-up position, bring one hand right to your rib cage while keeping the other arm straight. The faster you go, the more your hips will want to sway. Refrain from doing that and keep the hips stable!
There you go! Knock this out two to three times per week and watch your abs get shredded.

Chase It!

Ben Boudro, MS, CSCS

Ben Boudro is a former Division I college wrestler, fitness junkie, husband, dad and dog lover with a passion for fitness through strength and conditioning. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with a bachelor’s and Master of Science degree in kinesiology, and the owner of Xceleration Fitness. Ben has helped millions of people unleash their inner beast through fitness, take control of their lives and believes: “The sky is the limit, and I live my life to one common theme: You can either wait for success to come to you or you can chase it … CHASE IT!”

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