10 Greatest Moves You Need for Top Abs in 2017!

Try these moves & start 2017 with a chiseled core.

 

A tight and toned midsection looks great and helps your body stay balanced and healthy, too! Did you know that a strong core can improve posture as you’re building that six pack? Basic crunches can get boring; try this quick routine to mix it up and see results fast! No fancy props means no excuses; grab a mat and get to work.

1. The Roll-Up

Lay on your back on your mat with your hands at your side
• Keep neck relaxed
• Engage your abs and begin to raise your shoulders up, slowly rolling into a seated position
• Once you’re sitting up slowly lower your body back to the mat
Get Fit Tip: Place your hands on your abdominals if you’re tempted to cheat and use them to get up! Engage that core and push through your abs to get a great workout with this move.

2. Plank Push-Up

Planks are a great total body toning exercise; add a push-up, and you’ll get your heart beating to burn fat, too!

• Start in a plank position with a neutral spine and with your hands on the ground shoulder width apart
• Lower yourself onto your right forearm, then lower onto your left forearm
• Once you’re in plank position on your forearms raise your body back up to your starting position one arm at a time

Get Fit Tip: Start by doing five repetitions on one side (lowering left arm first) then complete five repetitions on the other side!

3. Reverse Crunch

Lower abs are hard to build and even harder to see! This move will strengthen your core so that your tummy looks tight and toned all over.

• Lay on your back on your mat with your hands at your side
• Keep neck relaxed
• Raise your legs together to create a 90 degree angle with your body
• Keeping feet together and legs straight press through your lower abs and raise your feet towards the ceiling
• Lower your low back to the mat

4. Leg Raise Circles

• Lay on your back on your mat with your hands at your side
• Keep neck relaxed
• Raise your legs together and point your toes at a 45 degree angle
• Create a circle going clockwise and continue for 10 seconds
• Create a circle going counter clockwise and continue for 10 seconds

5. Sitting Twists

• Sit on your mat with your legs in a V position
• Clasp your hands together in front of your chest
• Raise your feet off the mat and use your hands to to the left side and then the right side
• When you go to each side tap your elbow to the ground

Get Fit Tip: To modify this exercise you can keep your feet on the ground until your core is strong enough to support your body. If you need a challenge, hold a weight or small medicine ball as you twist.

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