From Dad Bod to Beach Bod: Ab Exercises to Get the Perfect Beach Body

Dad Bod Beach Bod: Ab Exercises Get Perfect Beach Body

Everybody wants that great six pack beach body, but most people aren’t willing to put the work in to get it! A combination of a healthy diet, lots of exercise, and consistent abdominal workouts can help you achieve the results you want! Below are some great ab workouts that’ll help you put the Dad bod in the past and get the beach body you’ve always wanted!

Low Plank

Start with your hands about shoulder-width apart. Fully extend your body so that your chest is parallel to the ground, balancing your weight on your extended feet behind you and your forearms in front of you. Hold for 30 seconds. Focus on maintaining a flat back throughout the exercise. For added difficulty, have a friend add weights on top of your back as you hold the plank.

Side Plank

Similar to a low plank, this exercise involves you having your feet extended, but only balancing on one forearm with your chest perpendicular to the ground. Hold one side for 30 seconds, then switch to working your other side. For added difficulty hold a weight straight up in the air with your free hand!

Crunches

2Begin with your back flat on the ground and your feet interlocked in the air out in front of you. Put both of your hands behind your head. In one motion, bring your back off the ground, tightening your abdominal muscles as you come up. Slowly release your back down to the ground again, keeping your feet interlocked in the air throughout the entire process. Repeat for 30 reps.

Ab Wheel Rollout

Hold the ab roller with both hands and your knees on the floor. Slowly roll outward, away from your body while maintaining a tight core and flat back. As your body stretches out, breath in. Go as far as you can, then slowly roll back to the starting position while exhaling. Repeat for 10-12 reps.

Mountain Climbers

1Start in a plank position with your forearms flat on the ground, elbows underneath the shoulders, and legs straight back. Bring your left knee to your chest, then bring it back down to its starting position, all while maintaining a tight core and straight back. Repeat the same exercise with your opposite leg, bringing your right knee to your chest. Repeat for 15 reps on each side.

Conclusion

Let’s be real, the number one thing you can do to get a six pack starts in the kitchen with having a healthy diet. But a great diet coupled with an intense ab workout routine is the perfect combination for the six-pack you’ve always wanted!

 

Sources

1 “6 Core Exercises for Six-Pack Abs”, Fara Rosenzweig

https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/6-core-exercises-for-six-pack-abs/slide-2

2 “The Proper Form for an Abdominal Crunch”, Chris Oddo

https://www.livestrong.com/article/338918-the-proper-form-for-an-abdominal-crunch/

 

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Post by Brandon Musto