Ab workouts aren't everybody's favorite, but they come in handy when you want to strengthen your core in order to protect your lower back. And let's admit it: we want a chiseled midsection as well. That's why we talked to Simone De La Rue, the celebrity trainer responsible for Jennifer Garner's bangin' bod, who appeared at the Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival this year. She knows a thing or two about cut abs. And lucky for us, Simone will be leading a workout at POPSUGAR Play/Ground, which is happening in NYC June 9-10. So round up your best gym buddies, grab some tickets, and get ready to dance the calories away.
We asked Simone what her favorite bodyweight ab exercises are, and she answered, "I love using the gliding discs, and if you don't have a gliding disc, you can use paper plates or you can use a towel." Once you have that, you can do an ab circuit pretty much anywhere.
As for her favorite move? "I call it the 'windscreen-wide purse,'" Simone told POPSUGAR. "You're literally in plank position and you're gliding your foot toward your shoulder but going at your own range of motion. Make sure you're keeping your pelvis tucked under, your navel going towards your spine." Ouch!
Take your time with this one and keep in mind that it's pretty advanced, so only try it if you feel ready. You'll alternate bringing one foot around toward the same-side shoulder, keeping your leg as straight as possible. Try alternating for a full 60 seconds, and then do two to three sets in total.
"That's a great way to engage your lower abs as well as working your pecs [chest muscles], your biceps, your triceps, and your rectus abdominis [your main ab muscles]," she explained. "Anything with the gliding disc is a really great core workout."
Give it a try and see how you like it!