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Rotating Side Plank: Abs Away

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

How can I lose my tummy weight that did not go away that I gained during my pregnancy, even after I breastfed for 14 months? I want to be able to wear a two-piece bathing suit this summer and not feel ugly. At the moment I am taking a cardio class but I am not sure if it is doing the work. I want to be fit and have a nice tummy.
Ashley, Riverside, CA

Look closely to see Max the Purr Kitty sneaking into the shot

Kymberly: We hear your cry, louder than a baby’s and are here with good news/ bad news. The good news: we wrote a post called Wave Bye Bye to Baby Weight on this very subject that is loaded with help for your exact situation. Start by reading that and trying those exercises. More good news: We created a video with a super tummy tightening abs exercise that is a waistline definer plus all-over core strengthener. Try the Side Lying Plank Rotation Move and feel the challenge right away.


As for the bad news: You’ve got to get a move-on as summer is fast approaching. You are going to need to add more mid- to high-intensity cardio activity to your routine to burn the extra fat you may still be carrying.

Alexandra: Your tummy weight is probably two things – muscles that haven’t paid rent in a long time (possibly with stretched skin on top), and extra fat. The muscles can be toned via the video we made just for you, as well as via these other posts: Fab Abs 1, Fab Abs 2, and Fab Abs 3 (do those sound like 3 seasons of Absolutely Fabulous)?

As my sister mentions above, you will need to do some intense cardio to burn off the extra weight. I don’t know if you gave birth via the Big C or the Just Right V, but if it was the latter, you probably don’t like jumping activities, right? I pushed out two big-headed boys and hate to jump ‘cause it feels like I’m going to pee my pants. (Men, don’t read this bit…jumping actually does make me pee my pants. I hate that, and yes, I do my Kegels. And my kids are teens now. They had BIG heads).  We have a post called “Move Your Duff if You Want to Get Buff,” which goes into the “short time frame, big fitness goals,” but you might wish to do your high intensity in the pool or stick more with moderate-intensity and lose the excess weight a wee bit slower. Me, I prefer that path to buff glory! Try Step, stroller-based classes or QiDance.

Readers who have given birth and fought that “baby” weight after at least a year: What worked for you?

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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17 Responses to Rotating Side Plank: Abs Away

  1. Phil May 3, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    Not sure I’m qualified to speak here, but I’ve found that the best remedy for loose tummies is both a combination of exercise and tightened up nutrition. If you combine a great move like the side plank with good cardio and a calorie focused plan, you can definitely lose that jiggle. Plank is one of my fave’s, so excellent recommendation!

    • KymberlyFunFit May 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Hi Phil! Y’all are so right and on target that nutrition is KEY. In fact, it’s such a critical component that we went over it in the post we suggested Ashley read first.

      Rather than repeat our (dare we say “excellent and radical dude”) advice from that post, we fired up the Rotating Side Lying Plank vid.

      So ASHLEY BABEEE — if you skipped that part, go back two spaces, skip a turn, and read that other post that includes comment on the importance of your eating habits.

  2. Elle May 3, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    oh gosh, these are so hard and I need to do them. Thanks!

    • KymberlyFunFit May 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      Post a pic or video Elle of you making it happen — on a sailboat!

  3. Tara Burner May 3, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    love me some planks and of course have to fling hair outta my face all the time!

  4. Jody - Fit at 54 May 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    You two are looking amazing !!! Great videos! And yes – nutrition! :-)

  5. Tamara May 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    A plank a day (helps) keep the muffin top away!
    But seriously, clean eating has to happen too otherwise your great tummy muscles won’t be visible beneath the squishy stuff!

    • KymberlyFunFit May 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Exactly! What good is a 6 pack or even a well-loved 8 or 12 pack if it’s hiding behind an insulation pack? We skipped the eating part (no, we did not skip eating) as we’d covered it in the posts we linked to. No spot reducing here, people!

  6. Carrie with Children May 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    These are all such great tips. I need to get in a good routine to get rid of my baby belly. It’s been around too long :)

  7. Miz May 4, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    My core demands you both move here and become my sister wives.

    • KymberlyFunFit May 4, 2012 at 5:26 am #

      Our core hears and wants to obey. Meantime it is working on the teleporting move, a very challenging one. But since your core is more advanced can you come thisaway?

  8. Dr. Lynn K. Jones May 4, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    “…muscles that haven’t paid rent in a long time,” very clever. This is great for people without kiddos too! :) Appreciatively, Lynn

  9. Hanan May 4, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    I really dislike planks, but that looks like a really great workout! Thanks!!

  10. Lou, Parenting space May 5, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Kimberly thanks for all these resources. I’ve not actually had a baby but have lost a lot of weight recently (mainly dieting) and feeling good but now just need to get off a little extra tummy weight with exercises. I’ll be checking out your post on good nutrition as I do worry that I am not getting enough at the moment.

  11. Christina May 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I’m going to have to try these out tonight!


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