5 exercises to flatten your stomach and crunch your abs

5 exercises to flatten your stomach and crunch your abs

Quick bursts of intensive exercise are the best way to tone up, boost your mood and flatten your stomach.

Here are 5 belly crunching moves to really get your abs in shape ready for the summer season:

1.Chair Pose Touch

With feet shoulder width apart and your hands above your head, bend your knees as if sitting back into a chair. Then rise back up again, keeping your back straight.

Reach right through to your fingertips for maximum impact. You’ll begin to feel a burn in your legs. Repeat for 60 seconds.

2.Jackknife

Lie down as if in the crunch pose and lift your legs while keeping your legs straight.  Then with your arms out straight, above your head, bring your chest and your knees together like a jackknife, contracting your core.

Lift your chest first, and keep your abs engaged throughout the entire exercise to tone your muscles. Try to keep your legs elevated.

3.Drop Back X Cross

As if you are about to start a sit up, begin with your arms and hands together pointing towards your toes. As you sit up, keep the arms together and then as you come back down, take your arms out to the side in a cross shape.

Vary the speeds depending on how hard you want to work.

4.Plank Extensions

In plank position, alternate your arms as you extend them and hold, one at a time, in front of you. Push your toes into the ground and make sure to straighten your back to work the abs.

5.Foot Touch Twist

This exercise will work your transverse abs. Lying on the floor, raise your upper body before lifting one leg, and reach towards your foot. Alternate legs and keep your leg as straight as you can.

Keep your core engaged throughout the exercise.

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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