Every Monday I feel like some kind of a food priest hearing a confession. I have a client, call him Mike. “My food was really bad this weekend,” Mike says. “It was out of control. I ate an entire cheese stuffed crust pizza.”
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Once again you’ve decided that THIS will be the year to get in shape. Look out 2019, because this time you’re serious. You’re going to stop devouring pizza like a college freshman, curtail that taste for Fireball you seemed to have developed since Thanksgiving, and finally…FINALLY try out this exercise thing that you’ve been hearing so much about. But it all seems so daunting. And you don’t know where to begin. Maybe this year you should get a little professional help. (And while you’re at it, think about hiring a personal trainer!)
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To help keep your workouts on track, try these three killer ab moves!
1. Cable Rope Crunch: Place a rope attachment on the cable and kneel below the cable. Hold onto the rope attachment and pull the rope directly in front of you. Curl towards your knees and contract your abs while you pull down. Slowly return to your starting position. Perform 2 sets of 20 reps.
2. Roman Chair Leg Lifts: Situate yourself in the Roman chair with your back and forearms braced against the pads. Raise your knees to a right angle. Exhale while you raise your legs and inhale as you lower them to the starting position. Perform 2 sets of 25 reps.
3. Decline Crunch with Medicine Ball: Lie down on a decline bench with a medicine ball or a 10-25 lbs weight. Hold the weight straight up and crunch. Imagine you’re pushing the ball to through the ceiling. Only your shoulders and upper back come of the bench. Perform 2 sets of 30 reps.
There’s a snarky remark that you occasionally hear in gyms and fitness centers: “You’re not sweating, it’s the fat crying.” In fact, most of the clients I see have one thing in common: they want to lose weight, or more specifically, they want to lose fat.
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