Bye Bye Tankini Ab Workout

One area of concern for almost every mom is her midsection.

Have you ever said something like: “oh I will never have a flat stomach after having kids!”

I know that it is possible to wear a two-piece swimsuit after kids because I’ve seen SO MANY women dramatically improve the appearance of their midsection with discipline and hard work!

It’s important to be patient with ourselves and remember that we can’t spot reduce and we can’t expect changes overnight.

But if you really want to have your pre-baby tummy back, it is possible with proper form and dedication to working your abs atleast 2-3 times a week.

You may have heard of the “mind-muscle” connection and what this essentially means is that you should focus on the muscle you are working when you are working it.

Stay focused on holding your core tight in movements like planks and keeping your spine in tact with the floor when doing mat work.

I know if you execute the moves in this workout and stick with the Momshells system, you’ll be setting fire to your Tankini’s and shopping for two pieces by summer!


Bye Bye Tankini Ab Workout

Perform each movement for 30 seconds.  Complete 3 rounds.

Begin by lying on the mat on your back. Activate your transverse abdominus (TA) by releasing your breath and relaxing your abdominal muscles. As you breathe in, pull your belly button IN. Keep your abs tight, tuck your pelvis up and keep your spine completely in contact with the mat for the first three exercises in this this ab series.

1) Straight leg switch kicks (only go as far as your body will allow you without losing your spine’s contact
2) Figure 8’s (draw a figure 8 with your feet in the air- keep legs straight)
3) Knee tuck/butt lift
4) Side plank right hip raise
5) Side plank left hip raise
6) Scissor kicks
7) Flutter kicks
8) Slow heel slide right
9) Slow heel slide left

BONUS: perform 20 minutes of fat burning cardio (outdoor walk/hike is a great workout) and try to work in a fat burning zone where your heart rate is between 120-140 bpm or carrying on a conversation would be difficult.