Say goodbye to crunches and combine all of these killer ab moves to torch fat around the mid section. Strengthen your core and flatten your belly with these alternate exercises to activate the core muscles more than any crunch would.
Do 3 sets of 15 reps for each move. Combine these moves with your cardio routine for an ultimate fat blasting workout.
Sitting on the floor, lean back about 45 degrees and keeping knees at a 90 degree angle, twist from side to side. If you want more of a challenge, lift your feet off the ground or add a weight for increased intensity (1 rep = a twist to the right and left).
Start in a straight arm or full plank. Draw your right knee to your right shoulder. Return to starting plank position and repeat on the left side (1 rep = both sides).
Lie flat on your back with your legs stretched out in front of you. Your legs should just be a toe’s width apart. Make sure to keep your hands down flat on the ground near your sides, with your palms down. Lift your legs off the ground until the soles of your shoes are facing the ceiling and slowly lower your legs back down, but without letting your feet touch the floor (1 rep = 1 leg lift).
Low to High Wood Chops
Standing with a weight overhead, take a lunge forward with your left leg while simultaneously bring the weight down across your body and to your right hip. Come back to standing position and then lunge with right leg, repeating wood chop movement on left hip (1 rep = both sides).
Lie flat on your back on a mat with your arms by your sides and your palms down. Extend your legs fully out with a slight bend in your knees. Lift your heels about 6 inches off the floor. Make small, rapid up and down scissor-like motions with your legs. Focus on tightening the midsection and keep your abs constantly contracted throughout the exercise. (1 rep = both sides)
Start this movement by standing tall. Brace your core and slowly lower your arms to the ground and begin walking your hands out in front of you until you are in the top of a pushup position. Hold for a moment, and then still bracing your core, walk your hands back in towards your feet and come to standing (1 rep = 1 walkout).