Who doesn’t want killer abs, especially during bathing suit season in Florida? We probably all want a flat stomach we can show off, but few of us know how to actually get there. It’s not enough to just do crunches. You need a combination of losing fat, burning calories and working your core. Not sure where to start?
We’ve put a list of 3 exercises that target your abs and will get you started on your way to the 6 pack you’ve always wanted:
- Bicycle Crunch: Start on your back with your legs raised and bent at 90 degrees, and your hands behind your head. With your legs, act like you’re riding a bicycle and bring your right elbow towards your left knee, and then your left elbow to your right knee. Continue alternating sides for 60 seconds. To make it harder, hold the crunch for 2 counts on each side. The bicycle crunch combines a regular crunch, a side motion targeting the obliques and a reverse crunch that targets the lower abs.
- The Alligator Drag: For this exercise, you’re going to need an area of floor that you can go forward about 20 yards and something that will slide over the surface (towels are perfect for wood and tile, and plates and plastic bags are great for carpet). You’re going to start in pushup position and place your feet on whatever you’re using to slide across the floor. Walk yourself forward using your hands to the end of the 20 yards. Rest for 1-2 min and then repeat back to where you started. Repeat this entire process 2 more times. This exercise is great because it combines cardio, strength training and stability, all while using your entire core and burning calories.
- Spiderman Plank: Begin in a traditional plank position (forearms on the ground and body straight). Bring your left knee up towards your left elbow, and then get back in plank position. Alternate sides and bring your right knee to your right elbow. Do this entire process 10 times. The exercise is simple enough to do anywhere and targets your entire core, from your front and back abdominal area to your obliques and lower back.
With these 3 exercises, cardio and regular healthy eating, you’ll be on your way to great abs (and an awesomely sore stomach) in no time. If you’re not great at pushing yourself or if you want to make sure you’re doing exercises properly for full potential try taking an abs class with a teacher who specializes in getting you the body you’ve always wanted for. Summer is almost over so what are you waiting for? Make your way to better abs today.