Today many exercises aim to work on the core. There are many ab workouts that can help to improve your midsection. However, it’s important to remember that fat is lost evenly throughout the body. Thus, you must first reduce your body fat before you can start working on 6-pack abs. That’s because the ab muscles are hidden under belly fat. Here are some of the best ab exercises:
Bridge Opposite Arm/Leg Reach
This is an excellent exercise for trimming your waistline. You can do the exercise anywhere, which is definitely a plus as you don’t need any special equipment. First, lie face-up with the left knee being bent. The left foot should be flat on the floor. Next, the right left should be extended upwards towards the ceiling.
First, reach your arm towards the ceiling using your left arm. Make sure to keep your right arm down and by your side.
Next, make sure to do this step without moving your hips/shoulders. Open the raised leg to the right, as well as the arm that’s raised to the left side. Then while focusing on your abdominal muscles, return the raised leg/arm back to the center. You should do 10 to 12 reps of this exercise. Then switch to the other side and repeat the set.
This is a Pilates move that’s advanced. First, lie on your back and bend your knees at 90 degree angles. Your feet should be lifted. Tighten your ab muscles as you inhale. Also lift your arms up and backwards over your head. Do a total of 15 repetitions of this exercise.
Breathe out and swing your arms forward. Make sure to straighten your legs to make your body create a “V.” If you need to, place your hands on the floor in order to provide support.
Medicine Ball Crunch
First, sit so your thighs as well as your upper torso create a V shape. The lower legs should be crossed as well as lifted. Then hold a 5-lb medicine ball or dumbbell between your two hands. Sift from left to right, then swivel back. Make sure to bring the medicine ball across your body while you keep maintaining the V shape. This can be very effective in helping to develop your ab muscles.
Low-Belly Leg Reach
This particular exercise focuses on achieving 6-pack abs. First, lie face-up with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Your hands should be placed behind your head. Meanwhile, the abs should be contracted. Lift your shoulders and do a crunch up. While doing this your knees should be stacked up over the hips. Make sure to inhale, and hold the position for 3 to 5 seconds.
Then exhale and extend your legs to 45 degrees. Hold the position for 3 to 5 seconds while you squeeze the lower belly. Do a total of 2 sets that include 10-15 repetitions.
These are just some of the top exercises you can do to work on your core muscles. It’s important to do them frequently since the ab muscles can be difficult to tone.