Bye Bye Jelly Roll
I'm all about a good curve (of which I have none but I appreciate them on other people), but sometimes you are looking to achieve that flat belly from top to bottom.
Many people find that traditional workouts help them with the top portion of their abs, but get frustrated when that area below your belly button and above your hip bones seems to remain the same.
This is a workout that I've come up with and have been using with my aerial students for over a year. For aerial circus arts, it's critical to have a developed lower core in order to stay in the air and do inversions. I realized after years of teaching this is one area that most people miss, and don't really know how to activate with regular exercises.
This one works, you will feel that uncomfortable sizzle. Get it sister!
Cross Up & Down; Circle Up & Down
Laying on back with arms in a "T" shape. Start with both feet off the floor. Cross one leg over the other, alternating till you get as high as you can. Do the same thing on the way down. Stop right before your feet touch the floor. Circle all the way up and circle all the way down. Slow and Controlled is key! That counts as one. Try to do 6 in a set with 2 sets.
Unicorn Toe Touches
Laying on back with arms in a "T" shape. Start with both feet off the floor. Bring one foot down, touch the floor and back up to touch the other foot. Do 10 on each side (one set). Try to do 2 sets. I KNOW YOU CAN!
V-Up & V Down
Laying on back with arms in a "T" shape. Start with both feet off the floor. Starting with feet together start to raise legs (keeping them straight) and slowly bring feet apart to create a V. At the top bring feet together and make a V as you go down again to the ground. That counts as 1, do 5 in a set and try to do 2 sets.
Alternating Side Toe Taps
Similar to the Unicorn Toe taps except this time after you bring the foot down and up to touch the other foot, bring it out to the side and down, then back to touch the other foot. So that's feet together, right foot down, back up to touch left foot, out to the side to touch the ground (right), back in to touch the left foot, down to the ground, and back up. Watch the video on this one, it looks way easier than it sounds.
Sassy Side Circles
Come on and wiggle those hips! Laying on back with arms in a "T" shape. Start with both feet off the floor. Bring the right leg out to the right side. Make 5 little circles with your foot going forward, and 5 going backwards. Bright the leg down to the left (both remain off the ground the entire time) and do the same thing with the left leg. Doing both legs counts as 1, try to do 3 in a set and 2 sets total.
I saved the worst for last. I'm not at all sorry. Laying on back with arms in a "T" shape. Start with both feet off the floor. Bring your legs straight up and imagine there is a clock face over you. Bring your legs clockwise to the right keeping them closely together and hit 3 o'clock, 6, 9, then at 12 stop and do the same motion counter clockwise. Really pull your abs in for this one, keep your body tight. Each direction counts as 1, try to do 6 in a set for 2 sets.
Here is the video so you can watch them all, sometimes it isn't the easiest to explain movements!