10 Jul The Best Workouts to Get You Abs from Home
Wishing for a tight and toned tummy? You’re not alone! A flat stomach and defined six pack is a Summer must-have and if you’ve ever spoken to a personal trainer, they’ll tell you that Summer bodies are made in Winter.
But beyond the obvious aesthetic benefits of abs, a strong core will help your posture and work to protect your lower back, a particularly injury prone area. Having strength in your mid-section will also help to make a lot of other exercises, particularly strength training easier so you can push yourself to the next level.
While you won’t get abs without getting serious in the kitchen, it doesn’t hurt to start incorporating some targeted workouts into your routine to help make them pop and reap the full-body benefits of a strong core. Luckily, you don’t have to slog it out in the gym to up your game with these easy at-home workouts.
Planking is one of the most effective core workouts and it’s easy to get right. But not only will it strengthen your core, it’s a high calorie burner and works to strengthen your shoulders, upper back and glutes.
When planking, ensure your elbows are straight below your shoulders, relax your shoulders, squeeze your glutes and keep your hips low. To create extra tension, pull your elbows backward toward your toes while pushing your toes away from you.
Dead bugs are great for people of all fitness levels as there is less chance of performing the move incorrectly and getting injured. Start by lying on your back with your legs at 90 degrees and your arms pointed directly up in the air. Be sure to keep your lower back flat on the floor while lowering an alternating arm and leg toward the ground before returning them to the air to swap sides.
No-one enjoys crunches but there is no denying they’re effective. This alternate crunch works to hit the sides of your abs to bring your waist in tighter.
Lying on your back, raise your shoulder blades from the floor while keeping your lower back flat on the floor. Put your hands behind your head with your elbows out and straighten your legs. Next, bring your opposite knee to elbow meeting in a crunch position before straightening your leg and swapping sides. The slower you move, the more effective the workout.
Cross Mountain Climbers
Hitting both your core and your shoulders, cross mountain climbers can be used to improve stability, or be sped up for a hit of cardio during your workout.
Start in a straight arm plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders. Bring one knee toward the opposite elbow then return to the starting position. Alternate legs while keeping your core tight.
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