CrossFit Games Athlete Kari Pearce Shares the 5 Exercises She Uses to Strengthen Her Abs
If you've ever watched a CrossFit athlete compete, it's truly inspiring to see how incredibly strong they are. So when six-time CrossFit Games athlete Kari Pearce wanted to share a CrossFit ab workout, we couldn't wait to try it! This workout includes five of her "favorite ab exercises," and it's equipment free, so you can do it at home, at the gym, or while traveling.
CrossFit involves many gymnastics-based movements, and as a professional athlete and trainer with 18 years of experience as an elite gymnast, Pearce said gymnasts and CrossFitters alike can use these five moves in their training. Although these are bodyweight-only exercises, that doesn't mean they're not intense. "They will challenge your abs in a way that you have never felt before no matter what level you are at," Pearce told POPSUGAR. These dynamic exercises will target your deep stabilizing core muscles and your obliques, as well as your hip flexors, glutes, shoulders, chest, and triceps.
And remember that every little bit adds up, Pearce said. So many people say they are too tired to work out or don't have time, but the workout below is just 10 minutes. "The next time you don't feel like working out, just get started, and I promise you won't regret it," she said.
10-Minute CrossFit Bodyweight Ab Workout by Kari Pearce
Equipment needed: None
Directions: This is a great workout to tack onto a cardio or HIIT workout. Complete the five exercises below for the designated number of reps and sets. Perform all the sets in one exercise before moving on to the next exercise. After the workout, cool down with this 10-minute stretching routine.
|Exercises||Number of sets|
|Hollow body hold||4 sets of 30 seconds|
|Crossbody V-up||3 sets of 20 reps (10 on each side)|
|Spider-Man push-up||4 sets of 12 reps (6 on each side)|
|Plank walkout||4 sets of 6 reps|
|Squat thrust + plank jack||4 sets of 15 reps|
Read on for directions on how to do each bodyweight exercise.