The Eagle Ab… are YOU ready?

So seeing how I’m going to be simmering on the running for a bit to let my knee recover in the coming weeks, I thought it would be fun to do a post about one of my favorite non-running exercises: abdominal work!

I learned this popular Army ab exercise, called the “Eagle Ab”, from my dad! It’s killer and sure to give you a good workout.


1) Start on your back with your body straight. Your head, shoulders, and legs should all be lifted a few inches off the floor and your abs should be engaged. Keep your hands behind your ears, your elbows spread parallel to the floor, and an intense expression on your face. 😉

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2) Slowly lift yourself up into a crunch. The only part of your body touching the floor should be your butt, and your elbows should come between your legs, which will open into a diamond shape with your feet still touching. Maintain intense facial expression.

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3) Slowly lower yourself back into the first position (don’t let your legs or shoulders touch the floor!), maintaining control and not moving too quickly, and do it all over again! And again! And again! Don’t stop… come on, you can do one more!!

4) Repeat as many times as you can, and then congratulate yourself on a job well done. 🙂

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(Clearly these pictures were taken at my parent’s house in Tampa this summer… yeah, I have no nice furniture 😉 )

Let me know if you try it and how you like it! What’s your favorite ab exercise?

Time for jammies, a good book, and my bed 🙂 I have been SO SORE all day after the race yesterday!! I felt like an 80 year old trying to get up and down the stairs. However, the good news is my right knee is no more sore than the rest of me!

Have a great night, everyone, and stay tuned tomorrow to see what fun new meal I’m going to make with my leftover pasta!


16 Responses

  1. That looks like a tremendous amount of unfun. That said, can’t wait to try it out! Oh, and by the way, I’m expecting my new tea infuser mug to arrive tomorrow!

  2. My favorite ab exercise is passing the medicine ball to my trainer as we are back to back. Helps with my obliques and my hip rotation after my back surgery. Can’t do many traditional ab exercises.

  3. Oh man, that looks tough. For ab work, I usually do this 20 minute DVD called “Curl” by Kari Anderson…. it kicks my butt (well, abs) every time =)

    -Allison (

  4. I am going to be soon training for my 4th marathon, and NEED to do ab work! Thanks for the difficult but great exercise!

  5. I just found your blog through Kath….so excited to have a DC food blogger to follow! Congrats on the Army 10 Miler!

  6. Wow!! That looks tough! I am so trying that soon!

  7. Fun, I’m going to have to try this exercise. 🙂 I know a lot of people don’t like strength training and core work, but I LOVE IT!! 🙂

    Great blog!

  8. wow- intense! Try the p90x Ab-ripper X workout sometime, it’s just 15 minutes… i’ll have to try those eagle ones sometime too. How many do you usually do in a row?

    • Oooo yeah I want to do that with you sometime!! Is it just online? Or do I need your DVD thing?

      I can usually do about 15 of these in a row, but that’s pushing it. They are HARD! I’ll usually do a set and then go do another exercise, and come back and do another later.

      • Well it’s a workout video/dvd set that you buy but i have it so you can try it with me sometime!! it’s totally insane, although after doing it for the past 2 months it’s gotten a lot easier so to change it up maybe i’ll try those eagle abs sometime, i bet they kill me!

  9. This looks incredible! I am going to have to try it out SOON! 😀

  10. Ooh, I am going to try that exercise tonight. I’ve been looking out for more challenging ab work. By the way, congrats on the Army 10-miler! I’m a big fan of the armed forces-operated races. I’m definitely counting on the eye candy of the Marine Corps to get me through the Marine Corps Marathon in a few weeks!

  11. Job well done for sure!

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