Want to tone your abs, but tired of doing typical sit-ups? There are many more exercises that can be done to sculpt your abs to the definition you want. Various exercises target various areas of your abdominals and will allow you to see results from your upper abs, lower abs and side abs.
Lie down on your stomach. Bend your elbows and rest on your forearms. When you’re ready, push off the ground using your forearms and forefeet. Keep your feet two to three inches apart during the whole plank and your back straight. Do not raise your hips. Hold yourself up for a full minute.
Roll over on your right side. Keep your legs aligned on top of one another and bend your right arm, resting on your forearm. Push off the floor using your forearm and place your left hand on your hip. If you’re a beginner, hold this position for 30 seconds. As you progress, you can extend the time to 45 seconds, then even a minute. Roll over and plank on your left side, too. Just like the name, side planks work on your side abdominals.
Lie down on your back and lock your fingers behind your head. Lift your legs up with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Your shins should be horizontal in the air and perpendicular to your thighs. Start by twisting your abdominals to the left and try to touch your right elbow to your left knee. This requires you to move your left knee slightly in. Next twist your abdominals to the right and try to touch your left elbow to your right knee, moving your right knee in. Keep alternating quickly. Do as many as you can for a minute and try not to stop. Rest for 30 seconds to a minute before doing another minute set.
Lie down on your stomach with your legs together and your arms outstretched above your head. Lift your arms and legs off the floor as if you’re superman flying. Keep your head leveled and face down to avoid straining your neck. Start off by holding this position for 30 seconds and increase the time as you progress.
Vertical Leg Crunch
Lie down on your back with your fingers locked behind your head. Lift your legs straight up in the air. Using your core and not your neck muscles, lift your head and shoulders off the floor. Do three sets of 20. Remember you can always increase the amount you do when you don’t feel as though you’re getting as much of a workout as you did when you started.