I’m one of those people who believes that ab season is a year-round thing, but the recent sweltering, heat-wave inducing temperatures have provided the perfect backdrop for midriff-bearing tanks and bikinis. What better accessory to accompany these trendy Summer fashion staples than a toned tummy? Here are my favorite moves that if paired with a well-balanced diet can take your stomach from flab to fab:
(Note: Do 2 sets of 10 for each move in this order 2 to 3 times per week.)
You don’t have to lie down to work your abs! Some moves are more comfortable and effective, if done standing up. Pike kicks are an awesome move that that looks like you’re folding your body in half at the height of your waist. Stand with your feet together and extended both hands above your head. Lift your right foot from the ground and simultaneously lower your right had and touch your toe. Alternate to your left side and return to start. Repeat.
Facing forward, stand with your shoulders in line with your hips and feet a little wider than hip-width apart. Point your left toe and extend your right arm up. Next, lower your right elbow and bring it across your chest toward your left knee while simultaneously raising your left knee and bringing it toward your right elbow. You want them to meet in the middle of your abdominal area near the belly button. Return to start.
A move that relies on a stability ball for maximum results is doing a crunch on the ball. Lie face-up with your back centered on a stability ball with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart; make sure your hips are even with your torso. Extend your arms, so that they are parallel to your head with your fingers interlocked. Squeeze your butt and crunch up as for as you can bringing your arms with you and lower.
Plank on a ball
This is a go-to move that can help reshape your entire body, especially the core. Kneel in front of a stability ball and place your forearms on top of it with your hands in soft fists. Take y our feet back and keep your body straight from head to heels. Focus on keeping your body as straight as possible and squeezing both your abs and your glutes tight at the same time. Hold this move for 45-60 seconds, rest and do it again.
Yes, push-ups work your arms, chest and shoulders, but believe it or not, they’re also an awesome exercise to engage your core and help you build strong abdominal muscles. Form is key when it comes to doing an effective push-up. Kneel on your hands and knew, and place you hands under your shoulders and widen your hands about two inches. Next, bend your elbows slightly and extend your legs behind you and lift unto your toes. Tighten your ab muscles (pull your bellybutton in toward your spine) and lower your chest toward the floor, bending your elbows as you lower yourself. You can balance yourself on your knees it’s too hard to balance on your toes.
Ab blasting fitness activity to try:
Cycling is my favorite fitness activity. Every time you lift your knees your abs are going to work, so why not go for a 30 minute bike ride and take in some fresh air while zapping away belly fat. If you don’t own a bike, but have a gym membership take a spinning class. Although, they can be a little intense these are a quick and effective way to see a flatter stomach, tight, round bum and amazing leg.