Ditch Your Waist Trainer For These Top 10 Ab Moves!

You don’t need a waist trainer to get your dream midsection.

 

A tight and toned midsection looks great and helps your body stay balanced and healthy, too! Did you know 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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6. Windshield Wipers

• Lay on your back on your mat with your hands at your side
• Keep neck relaxed
• Engage your abs raise your legs up to a 45 angle with flexed feet
• Bring your legs to the right, then back to the middle and then to the left
• Tap your feet on the ground when you reach each side

Get Fit Tip: If you need extra back support you can hold onto your mat with your hands. A challenge is good, but pain is bad, so if you are uncomfortable, make sure to modify to meet your needs!

7. Climber Crunch

• Start in a plank position with your hands on the mat
• While twisting through your obliques bring your right knee up to touch your right elbow
• Bring foot back to plank position
• While twisting through your obliques bring your left knee up to touch your left elbow

8. Plank Rotation

• Start in a plank position with your hands on the mat
• Hold plank for 30 seconds
• Twist to the right side keeping your right arm on the mat as you raise your left hand to the sky to create a side plank
• Hold side plank for 30 seconds
• Return to the neutral plank position and repeat on the left side

9. Double Leg Lift

• Lay on your back on your mat with your hands at your side
• Keep neck relaxed
• Raise your legs together to create a 45 degree angle with the body
• Hold for 10 seconds, lower one inch, hold for 10 seconds, lower one inch and gradually all the way until your feet are on the ground
• Aim for at least five holds to get the best results

10. Flutter Kicks

• Lay on your stomach on your mat with your elbows bent so that your hands are under your chin
• Keep neck relaxed
• Raise your upper body up so that your torso is off the mat
• Raise your legs together behind you and begin to kick your legs like you are swimming in a pool
• Flutter for 30 seconds and then rest, repeat three times

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