When you think about doing something fun, you likely imagine going out with your friends, taking a vacation, or catching up on your favorite Netflix show. Well, Jillian Michaels has another idea of fun, and we’re still not really sure about it. The fitness icon shared a series of ab moves to her Instagram story, captioning it, “A few fun core challenging moves for my more advanced athletes to try 😆.”
In the video, Michaels begins upside down with her legs wrapped around a punching bag. Note: Do not try this at home unless you have a core of steel. Although hanging there would be difficult enough, the fitness star takes things to the next level by crunching upwards.
Next, Michaels heads to the floor to bang out some push-ups with a set of gymnastic rings, targeting her core and arms while testing stability and coordination. She follows by bringing her arms in for some tricep push-ups using a single ring. The 45-year-old trainer then grabs a large plate to perform a single-arm plank. The plate, held with only one arm instead of two, provides an unstable base that makes your abs work harder.
Just like us, Michaels’ fans were impressed with her strength, while poking fun at her caption. “A ‘fun’ core challenge? Hmm, not sure if I would use the word fun🤣🤣,” one person commented, to which Michaels replied, “fair point.” Another fan joked, “If you’re shaking like that, do the rest of us just spontaneously combust!?” (Answer: probably.)
But despite popular belief, the trainer wasn’t always incredibly fit. A few weeks ago, Michaels shared a throwback photo of her at 14 years old, before her fitness transformation. “Here’s me at 5’0 tall and 175 pounds. If I can do it, anyone can,” she captioned the post.
In her teens, Michaels had a wake-up call that led her on the fitness journey she’s continuing today. She initially took up martial arts, and eventually adjusted her diet (she swears by intermittent fasting) to include more whole foods. Now, Michaels says she enjoys yoga, HIIT, and cycling to stay fit—with a few crazy ab workouts thrown into the mix.
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