Have you ever seen bootcamp training on TV and wondered if you could do that without actually having to venture into the outdoors with a bunch of strangers? And no, we don’t mean military bootcamps!
We mean the group physical training programmes that are designed to build strength and fitness through various types of exercises.
Here are a number of ab exercises which you can do at home that have been suggested by bootcamp trainers:
Side Bend Slide
The Side Bend Slide is great for improving your posture and targets your obliques.
Standing up, hold a lightweight above your head. Then, looking up at the weight, slide your body down towards the opposite foot. Try to do this without twisting your torso.
Return to the starting position and repeat.
Side Plank to Elbow Touch
The Side Plank to Elbow Touch targets your upper and lower abs, as well as your obliques.
Start in a side plank position (on your hand or on your elbow) with your feet stacked on top of each other. Your body must be in a straight line from the top of your head to your heels. Your hips should be elevated. Place your free hand behind your head with your elbow bent.
Bend your top leg and bring the knee toward your elbow on the same side. Lower it back to the side plank position and repeat.
The Oblique Twist improves your balance and targets your obliques and lower abs.
Stand up tall with your feet hip-width apart and squat while holding a medicine ball or heavyweight in front of your chest. Make sure that your elbows are out to your sides as well as lifted in line with the ball.
Standing up, twist your elbow to the opposite knee, bringing the knee up to your chest. Alternate between elbows and knees and repeat.
Knee to Opposite Elbow
The Knee to Opposite Elbow targets your upper and lower abs, as well as your obliques.
Starting in high plank position, bring your right knee to your left elbow while dropping your right hip. Keep your hip and leg off the ground. Hold the position for a few seconds, switch sides and repeat.
Bear Crawl Mountain Climber
The Bear Crawl Mountain Climber targets your lower abs.
Starting on all fours and ensure that your back is flat, lift your knees off the mat so that you come into the position where you are balancing on your hands and toes.
Bring your right knee to your right elbow and quickly switch to the other side. Keep alternating as if jogging on all fours.
Moving Boat Pose
The Moving Boat Pose, which is a combination of the V Hold and Toe Touch, targets your lower abs.
Balancing on your tailbone, extend your legs straight out in front of you. Lift your arms out so that they are at your sides in a “V” shape. Lift your legs the same way. Hold for a few seconds.
Then touch your arm to the opposite toes and continue to alternate sides.
The Moving Boat Pose, Bear Crawl Mountain Climber and many more bootcamp-like exercises give you the intense workout that a bootcamp normally offers in the comfort of your own home. These exercises are a great way to get those killer abs you desire!
If you like the sound of these types of exercises, and you enjoy exercising with your friends outdoors, then you should really consider becoming a bootcamp instructor. For more information, please follow this link.