Ever wonder why those sit ups are just not doin’ it?
I used to waste SO much time doing sit ups trying to get my abs to poke through! I finally started to experiment with other workouts to try and figure out what would work better.
The best workouts for getting those abs you’ve been wanting are:
1. Side Plank
How to: Turn on your side with your legs extended. Having one foot resting on the other, place your elbow directly under your shoulder and prop your torso up in the air. Make sure your head aligns with your spine.
Benefits: The side plank strengthens your shoulders, wrists, arms, glutes, hips and it really challenges those side abs. This will allow you to get definition on your sides so your middle abs can start showing.
Start with a 20 second hold and rest. Try this 3 times.
2. Plank with Leg or arm raised
How to: Start like a regular plank with your forearms on the floor aligned with your shoulders. Feet together and lift yourself from the ground. Once you’re in a position where it seems comfortable, either lift one leg in the air or one arm extended in front of you.
Benefits: This is a full body exercise that specifically targets your legs, glutes, shoulders and your core. It tones your entire body and allows you to improve your posture and stability. Not only is it beneficial for losing fat, but it also boosts your metabolism.
Start with holding for 60 seconds. Then do the second set with your opposite hand or leg raised.
3. Toe Touches
How to: Lay flat on the floor with your arms above your head. Lift your legs and your core up so your fingers can touch your toes. Slowly bring your body back down to the laying position.
Benefits: Not only does this REALLY challenge your core, but it also strengthens your back, leg and arm muscles as well.
Start with 3 sets of 10.
4. Reverse crunches
How to: Lie on your back with your knees together and your legs bent to 90 degrees. Place your palms face down on the floor and with your calves parallel to the floor and your legs lifted, bring your knees to your face and lift your butt and back off the floor.
Benefits: Strengthens your lower back, hips, spine and core.
Start with 3 sets of 10.
5. Medicine ball push-up
How to: This can be done multiple ways. You can either put the medicine ball under one hand while you do a push up, you can have two medicine balls and put one under each hand and do a push up past the balls towards the ground, or you can have both hands on one medicine ball and do a push up that way.
Benefits: Builds strength in your chest, shoulders, triceps and during the plank position it challenges your core strength.
Start with 3 sets of 5.
6. Sliding plate or towel pull
How to: Start with your hands and feet in a plank position with your palms on the floor instead of your forearms. Have a plate or towel under each foot. Slide the plate or towel towards your arms like you’re doing mountain climbers. Switch simultaneously.
Benefits: Not only does it strengthen your core, but it also builds your arm, leg and glute muscles as well.
Start with 10 pulls for each leg.
Have another exercise that has benefited you when building core muscles? Leave a comment below!