Welcome to the 30 day ab challenge.
30 days of hard work to shape and toned your abs like never before.
Your instructor for these challenges is myself Michaela Breeze MBE. I was Britain's most successful female weightlifter of all time. So I know how to get results.
Stick with me over the next 30 days and I assure you your abs will look and feel firmer and you will feel stronger.
This is the ab challenge that gets results.
People love to have a toned abdominal section and there is nothing wrong with that. However the abs play an important part of our daily life.
We use them every day to twist, turn and of course help with our posture. However, more than this, strong abs can help to reduce lower back pain and improve sport performance.
This ab challenge is slightly different than others you may have seen.
There are 27 core exercise challenges to give you variety, along with a baseline test at the start and the end. I've also been nice and given one rest day!
The purpose behind the test is that you not only feel and see the results but you know for sure that this challenge is working for you.
To help you, there is a handy quick navigation menu below to jump to the day of your choice.
I have recorded videos for every exercise and these are located in each day. So all you need to do is log on, click the day of your challenge, watch the short video to remind you of the technique you need and then away you go.
OK, so day one is all about the test, this is going to be the best way we can gauge how you have come along (other than how it looks and feels).
The aim with the base line test is to hold your body is posture and record the time you can do this for. Don't worry what time you get. This is all about improving yourself over 30 days.
Each of these ab challenges should only take a few minutes so we should all be able to squeeze them in at some point during the day.
So watch the video below and we can get right to this.
At this stage it's worth taking a photo of your torso from in front and the side to compare any change in muscle tone at the end of the program.
Remember though, for best results, you need to follow good dietary guidelines to really alter your body composition. We offer this as part of our Operation Transformation program.
Click here if you want to find out more or maybe consider it at the end of this 30 day challenge to get the best results
Your stomach might be a little tender right now, don't worry that is a sign you are starting to use your core more.
Today is a nice and simple crunch exercise done at a reasonable pace. Watch how I do my crunches and repeat. If you can do 2 or 3 sets of 20 repetitions that is great.
The toe tap is an exercise that looks easy but soon starts to burn the abs and work the core. The aim with this ab challenge is to try and do 100 repetitions.
Watch the video to see how I do the exercises.
The side plank is going to really work the core so we have 2 foot positions here for you to try. The aim here is to do 30 to 50 'raises' on each side.
The sit up is a well known exercise so I have included a few variations here.
The aim is to do 3 sets of 20, (if you are struggling, drop the reps to 10, 12 or 15)
As we have been working the stomach hard every day you might be feeling it now so grit those teeth, you can do this.
This is the old fashioned ab crunch with a variation/ twist.
Don't worry if you feel it in the front of your neck, that is normal. The aim is 3 sets of 15 for each side.
Leg raises are one of the best exercises that you can do for your core, and today they are your challenge.
Be careful not to arch the lower back during this exercises. You may need to bend your knees if you feel your lower back lifting up.
The aim is 50 raises and this is going to be tough. I have two variations for you depending on your fitness levels and feel free to break these up into sets such as 5 x 10.
Russian Twists might be new to some of you but do not be fooled by the way they look, they can be a lot harder than they appear,
The aim for this ab challenge is to do 50 reps but if you find these no challenge please add more.
The elbow to knee plank is a variation of the standard plank. We are looking at 4 sets of 20 here. Make sure you pay attention to your form and watch the video to see how I do this.
We are on day 9 here so stick with this challenge we are nearly a third of the way through.
We are taking sit ups to a new level and aiming to use a 3 step variation (watch the video to learn more).
The goal is 3 sets of 21 sit ups, if you can do 4 or 5 sets then great but the minimum is 3.
This exercise is tough so I have included 2 variations for you to use depending on your fitness levels.
You are going to do 3 sets of 10 exercises, but if you are more advanced try and do 4 or 5 sets.
This is a hold that will push you and that is a good thing. The aim is to hold your position for between 30 seconds and a minute and you are aiming for 4 sets each side.
Yes this is a tough one but you can do this.
This exercise is a bit different, you will be doing 10 sit ups and then holding the last one for 30 seconds.
From there you can have a rest of 30 seconds and repeat so you have done it at least 3 times.
So that is 3 sets of 10 sit ups with a hold.
Today is going to be tough.
21 reps of both sit-ups and twist and 21 crunches. These combined make 1 set. Take 2 minutes recovery and repeat for a further 2 sets. That's 3 sets in total
This is a tough one so be sure to watch the video and ensure your form is great.
We are going to challenge you to do 5 sets of between 30 - 60 seconds
This is a slower exercise but make no mistake this is tough. You are aiming for 4 or 5 sets of 20 reps
We have 2 variations in today's video depending on your fitness levels. However the Russian plank should be held for a minute each time and try to do 4 sets.
This is more of an endurance exercise so we have included 2 variations for this challenge.
Aim to perform the exercises for 1 minute and do 5 sets.
Today's challenge is a tough one but you can do it.
Pulse crunches and you will be doing a total of 60 reps and 5 sets with 1 minute rest. As always watch the videos to learn how I do it.
A 2 exercise variation awaits you in this challenge. You are going to start off with sits ups and then move into bicycle kicks.
The aim is to do 40 reps and achieve 5 sets. You can do this, just 10 days to go!
This is a great exercise and as you are getting stronger I want to push you. So today we are looking at 30 reps and 5 sets again.
OK so this is a tough ab challenge today but fear not because we have the finish line in sight.
Be sure to watch the video to see what you need to do.
The aim is 12 reps of the twists and 12 pulses per and then repeat! We are aiming for 3 sets here because there is no recovery.
This is another tough challenge but you can do this. Today we are looking at switch planks and the aim is to hold each plank variation for 30 seconds. 3 sets of this but trust me this is going to test your core.
This is an old and well know technique but make sure you still watch the video. The aim is to do 45 seconds and have 1 minute recover before going again.
5 sets with this!
This exercise is all about endurance and we are just a few days away to completing the 30 days.
Aim for 1 minute with 30 seconds rest and yes, 5 sets!
This is a three exercise challenge today. Start off with the plank and reach and do 30, then go onto your elbows and perform 30 plank ups (watch the video) and finish with 20 sit ups.
Try and do between 3-5 sets.
Today we have a mix of two exercises. We have bicycles for 30 reps and straight into 20 V-sits, repeat twice without rest. Take a 2 minute recovery, then repeat for 3 sets in total.
100 Mountain Climber reps is the order of day 28.
Time yourself to see how long it takes you.
Finally a day of rest, but make sure you watch the video as I have a special message for you.
Huge well done for getting to the final day.
Day 30 is a simple re-test from day 1.
Time to see if the last 30 days has paid off.
By now your core should be looking and feeling great but now you need to see how much stronger your core is.
So get into that hold, set the stop watch and go.
Please comment below any improvements in your time so we can all celebrate together.
Well done, you have made it through the 30 day ab challenge. But do you want more?
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