Proper core strength is essential for everyday tasks. It’s also a “core” component to developing a stunning physique. Defined core muscles are a much sought-after attribute, but core exercises are also great for their calorie burning potential. If you really get your entire core fired up during a workout, you’ll be sure to break a sweat and get your heart pumping. Here’s an interesting, aerobic-inspired take on ab training. Specifically, it targets the lower abdominals. But you’ll probably feel it throughout your entire core once you get to the final ten reps or so.
How to do the Frog Kick
Begin sitting on a mat with your legs bent, feet flat on the floor and back straight. Your hands should be palm-down on either side of your hips.
Now begin to lean backwards, engaging your core.
Straighten and lift your legs off the floor a bit to counter-balance your partially reclined upper body.
This is your starting position.
As you exhale, bring your knees towards your chest as you swoop your arms forward in a circular motion.
Your arms should meet in front of your body around your knees without actually touching them. You should “air hug” your knees to your chest.
As you exhale, retract your arms back away from your body and behind you. At the same time, kick out your legs in front of you, straightening them to their starting position.
Repeat for as many reps as you can handle. Shoot for form over number, but 30 per set might be a good starting place.
If you do this exercise correctly, you should really feel it in your lower abs and hip flexors, as well as your upper quads.