In addition to signing up for a butt-kicking outdoor fitness boot camp, getting your abs ready for crop tops and bikinis requires giving them a little extra attention. So, we turned to five Los Angeles trainers to share their expert advice on how exactly you can tighten and tone your midsection before summer (unofficially) kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend.
Andrea Speir, Speir Pilates: Strengthen Your Core with Pilates Moves
“First, target every part of your core with a focus on lower abs and obliques. Include exercises like Pilates Lower Lift (head and chest up with hands behind head and legs straight up to ceiling. Lower legs to 45 degrees and lift back up. Repeat 15x). For sides/obliques, include exercises that cinch waist like side planks, hip dips, and Pilates cross cross. Remember consistency is key! Keep these core exercises in your routine 4-5 times a week and limit your processed food and sugar intake.”
"Intensifying your cardio sprints are the best way to not only get lean and mean, but also work those obliques! As you increase the speed, you naturally rotate your trunk. Also, those sudden bursts of energy that you are using to create speed have to utilize a different fuel source in order for the body to be able to perform, which means you burn more calories. Example: Start with a light jog, after three minutes, increase your speed to where it is hard to finish a minute, sprint for a minute, recover for three. If you are advanced, decrease your recovery time, and go up in speed for each sprint. The whole workout should be 20 minutes."
Victor Self, Flywheel: Do 30-Minute Cardio Sessions Three to Five Times a Week
"Cardio, cardio, cardio! Incorporate a minimum of 30-minutes of cardio into your workout routine 3-5 times per week. Keep the intensity moderate-high and make sure you break a sweat in each session. You’ll jumpstart your metabolism and start burning away those calories and fat. Also remember to drink plenty of water. Not only will this keep you hydrated, but it will also make your workouts more effective and give your skin that healthy glow we all love. Staying hydrated keeps you from getting dry mouth during cardio and it also helps your muscles work more efficiently by removing toxins and waste products, keeping your joints lubricated, and is key to keeping you cool during those sweaty workouts."
Lindsay Hallam, The Studio (MDR): Practice a Mindful Diet and Full Body Conditioning
"Combine a mindful, structured diet with full body conditioning. I love Lagree Fitness at The Studio (MDR) because the workout is low to no impact combining strength training with cardio, which builds lean muscle and burns fat. Total physical transformation is very possible to achieve in six short weeks.”
Rachael Blumberg, Platefit: Work Out with a Power Plate
"The Power Plate machine will contract the tummy muscles 25-50 times per second and will shake your abs as you move through the 27-minute workout session. Each session engages the core and delivers results quickly and effectively. If you have a Power Plate at home, I’d recommend crunches, full sit-ups, planks, and mountain climbers for 6-9 minutes, 30 reps of each. Do this three days per week and you will sculpt washboard abs in no time!”