Top 5 Exercises To Tone Your Abs

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Posted July 27, 2013 by Guest Author
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If you are looking to tone your abs then you’re going to have to put in a lot of hard work in order to do so. While you will have to push yourself harder than you have before, it will be worth it once you see the end result. Just imagine having toned abs that you can show off whether you’re on the beach or wearing a tight fitting shirt! You can gain a lot of confidence by toning your body, so now is definitely the time to get started. Below are five exercises you can do to tone up and slim down those abs.

 

1. Mountain Climbers

First get in a position like you’re going to do a push up. After this, bring your right knee in towards your chest while leaving your other foot behind you. From here, jump and push that foot back while simultaneously bringing your left foot forward. Repeat this exercise for 30 seconds or longer and repeat on a daily basis. This will help tone your abs, burn calories and get your heart rate up as well. It’s also effective for strengthening your core.

 

2. Two-Limb Plank

Get in the pushup position and make sure that your feet are hip-width apart. After this, raise your right arm straight ahead of you while lifting your left leg straight behind you. Look straight ahead and keep this hold for around 2-3 seconds, or as long as you can. Repeat this with your left arm and right leg, then alternate for 10 sets on each side. Don’t push yourself too hard with this, build up your strength as you go.

 

3. Bicycle Crunches

Lie down on your back and lift your head up with your hands. After this, lift your knees into your chest and bring your right elbow in towards your left knee. Continue to do this by lifting your left elbow and right knee. Alternate between both legs and arms, straightening the opposite leg when you do each crunch. Repeat this for 15 reps, or as many as you can do comfortably.

 

4. Exercise Ball Crunches

Sit on the exercise ball, with the majority of it underneath your lower back. After this, put your arms over your chest and lift your torso up. Continue to curl, but make sure you use control so that the ball stays where it’s supposed to. Lower back down and then repeat for 15 reps. The exercise ball is a great tool for learning how to balance and utilize a lot of core strength.

 

5. Reverse Crunches

Lie down on your back and put your arms to your sides. After this, lift your legs up to a 90 degree position and then cross the feet together. After this, lift your hips off of the floor while reaching your legs up. Lower back down before curling back up for 15 reps. Practice a lot of core control so you don’t swing your hips and make sure to use small motions if you can’t handle large ones.

 

Doug contributed to JackedGorilla.com. If you’re looking for a website with information on best mass gainers, fitness and bodybuilding.

 


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