On Your Back

When it comes to no-frills exercises, there's no shortage of abdominal work you can do. In fact, most of the abdominal exercises we taught you back in Chapter 20, "Gut Buster," don't require equipment. In short, there's really no excuse not to work your abs while you're on the road.

For a thorough ab workout, do three sets of the following exercises:

>- Crunches >- Reverse crunches

> Oblique crunches

In fact, if you have just 15 minutes to work out while you're on the road, do an abdominal routine. Building a strong center is a good way to keep your mind attuned to the act of working out. Perhaps it's because strong abs make you feel fit, but for some reason, nothing gets people motivated like the prospect of having solid, good-looking abdominals. In addition, people who routinely do ab work seem to watch what they eat. Take a vacation to the beach and you'll be doubly motivated to get that old ab routine back in gear.

Fire Up Your Core

Fire Up Your Core

If you weaken the center of any freestanding structure it becomes unstable. Eventually, everyday wear-and-tear takes its toll, causing the structure to buckle under pressure. This is exactly what happens when the core muscles are weak – it compromises your body’s ability to support the frame properly. In recent years, there has been a lot of buzz about the importance of a strong core – and there is a valid reason for this. The core is where all of the powerful movements in the body originate – so it can essentially be thought of as your “center of power.”

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