There is no a person who doesn’t want a flat and toned midsection. In the attempt to find the best way how to do it, many people are still relying on crunches to get it.
However, according to the experts, the crunching is not the most effective abs workout, because they work only the muscles on the front and sides of your abdomen. To get to get more defined abs—including lower back, hips, and upper thighs it’s important to target all the muscles of the core, explains Lou Schuler, co-author of The New Rules of Lifting for Abs.
Schuler recommends a set of core stabilization exercises based on exercises like the plank as they help train muscles to stabilize the pelvis and spine, which avoids back pain and improves posture. They are better than crunches in burning calories because they work more muscles for a shorter period of time.
In this workout are incorporated three super-effective abs exercises which will be your way to a perfectly toned, flatter tummy.
- Side Plank
Benefits: This abs move is more challenging than a traditional plank. It supports your entire body weight on two points of contact instead of four. This will put your core to work harder to stay stabilized.
– Starting position – Laying on your left side with your legs stacked and elbow directly beneath your shoulder and your right hand on your left shoulder
– Engaging your abs, lift your hips off the floor, balancing on your forearm and feet, and form with your body a diagonal line.
– Hold this position for 30 to 45 seconds (if is too long, stay up as long as you can)
– Switch sides and repeat the same period of time.
- Walkout from Pushup Position
Benefits: It involves full-body movement, such as using the legs and arms and incorporating resistance to strengthen your entire core.
– Starting position – pushup position with hands wider than your shoulders.
– Walk hands out as far as possible,
– Walk back to complete one rep.
Perform 10-12 reps.
Make it harder: before you walk lift one leg, so your hands are out and back.
- Alligator Drag
Benefits: It engages your entire core, burns additional calories by adding movement and keeps your body stabilized. Here are incorporated cardio, stability, and strength training that get you fast results.
– Starting position – push-up position, and get anything that will slide over the surface with minimal friction (such dinner plates or plastic bags on a carpeted floor and towels on wood or tile floor.
– Walk yourself forward with your hands, aiming for at least 10 yards.
– Rest for 60 to 90 seconds (to recover)
– Repeat the alligator walk back to where you started, to complete one set.
Perform two sets.