Abs are often a coveted and sought after muscle group of the body. Many think that it requires rigorous training and work to get and maintain the chiseled wash board that is often displayed in magazines and images online. However, an effective ab routine doesn’t have to be length and it doesn’t have to be complicated.
The reality is that abs are made in the kitchen, yet they’re chiseled and defined in the gym (or through exercise). So in order to get well-defined abs, you need a combination of both diet and an active, healthy lifestyle. If you’re looking to jump start your training and get a killer ab routine circuit, look no further! We’ve provided a list of some of the most effective and simple exercises you can do to strengthen and define your abs:
- Round back – this is a great exercise to strengthen the core! Start by sitting on a yoga mat and place your shoulder blades against the wall. Sit with your knees bent and keep your feet flat on the ground. Now, round your back and put your hands on the ground on the sides of your hips. Start squeezing your abs and raise your feet away from the ground, then pull your knees toward your chest, then away from your chest. You should be pulling your knees in toward your chest then pushing them out away from your chest. Do 20-25 reps of these, then repeat three times!
- Side Plank-Up – start this ab burning exercise by lying on the floor on your right side. Place your legs on top of each other and put a rolled towel between your thighs. Raise your hips so that your hips are upwards and your body is in a straight diagonal line from your head to your toes. Squeeze the towel while doing this, and repeat for 20-25 reps, 3 sets! If you want to make it more challenging, and can keep going past the 25 reps, then go until you are completely burned out!
- Twisted Curl – For this exercise, you’ll start in a sitting position with your knees bent and keep your feet flat against the ground. Then lean back to the point where you are resting on your elbows. Your lower back should be rounded and against the ground. Squeeze your abs as you curl or turn your torso to the right. Grab the outside of your right ankle with your right hand. Then curl your torso back to the normal position. That’s one rep – complete 25 reps for the right side, then repeat with 25 reps on the left side.
- Fly-Ups – You’ll also be sitting on the floor for this ab exercise, and just like the twisted curl, you’ll be leaning back on your elbows. Make sure that you’re close to a wall so that you can bring your feet together against a wall in front of you so that your knees make a 90 degree angle. Start pushing your feet against the wall (which should be in front of you) and bring your lower back into a rounded position while bringing in against the floor. Then squeeze your abs as you reach your feet and grab them with your hands. Then go back to the lying position against the floor and then repeat for 20-25 more reps.
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