Getting strong, sleek and sculpted abs is every man and woman’s dream, but it is one of the most difficult part of the body to sculpt and tone. When it comes to getting sculpted abs, there is a big misconception that doing crunches, a lot of them everyday, is the way to go! However, the truth is far from it.
To get sculpted abs, you not only need to control your diet but instead of focusing on crunches, you need to focus on strengthening your core. Your core is the powerhouse of your body and the stronger your core is, the stronger and sculpted your abs will be!
Keep in mind that losing belly fat is all about incorporating cardio in your workouts and sticking to a healthy diet. So let us take a look at some of the best exercises to give you the sleek, sculpted abs you want!
Body-weight Single Leg Stretch
This is one of the basic, yet an easy exercise to do. All you need is a little space and you are good to go! Lie face up on the floor with your arms by your side. Lift your head and shoulders off the ground and make sure you don’t hunch your shoulders. Keeping your legs straight, raise them up at an angle of 45 degrees.
Keep your upper body lifted and bring in your right knee towards the chest, holding the right ankle with your right hand and inner right knee with left hand. Make sure that during this time, the other leg remains straight and lifted at an angle of 45 degrees. Switch sides to complete 1 rep. Aim to do at least 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps.
Forearm Spider Plank
This is a multi-tasker move as it not only works your core, but also works your arms and shoulders. Keeping your palms flat on the floor, balance your body on your toes and forearms. Make sure your belly button is pulled towards the spine and your hips don’t sag. Bring your right knee out towards the right triceps, pause and then return to the starting plank position. Switch sides to complete one rep. Do 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps.
This move challenges your core and works your ‘oblique muscles’ effectively to give your waist a definition. For this exercise you’ll a 6-pounds or 8-pounds dumbbell. Stand with your feet, more than shoulder-width apart and hold the single dumbbell with both hands overhead and arms extended.
Shift your body weight to left leg as you pivot on right foot and rotate your torso to the left. Bring your dumbbell down besides your right hip, as you simultaneously lift your right knee to hip level. Switch sides to complete one rep and aim to do at least 8-10 reps in 2-3 sets.
This is a move that is commonly utilized in yoga and Pilates as it strengthens the core and challenges your whole body balance! Sit on the floor with bent knees, flat feet and palms together in prayer position in front of the chest. Lean back at an angle of 45 degrees, keeping your abs pulled in and your back straight.
Extend your arms forward and lift your legs with knees bent at an angle of 90 degrees. Very slowly and in a controlled manner, lower your body until your middle and lower back are on the floor. Make sure your head, shoulders and legs remain off the ground. Return to starting position to complete your first rep. Do 10-12 reps in a set and aim to do 2-3 sets.
Side Plank with Twist
This move works your core, your abs, your oblique muscles and your shoulders, too. Start on the floor in a side plank position, with your body balancing on left palm and sides of your feet. You can keep your legs stacked together or place them in front of one another. Your right elbow should be bent, with your right palm behind your ear. Twist your torso to bring the right elbow in towards the left elbow. Go back to starting position and do 12 reps before switching to the other side.
As Difficult as It May Seem, With Persistence and a Right Combination of Diet and Exercise, You Can Get the Abs You Want!