Doing These Could Help You Build A Tight Midsection
Training abs for a well-shredded mid-section could be a nightmare. It can be very daunting and the results could be quite frustrating. I’m sure many of you will agree with the above statement.
In spite of this, there are quite a few who have done it successfully; in many cases, not only by working their socks off, but also by being innovative and by taking the chance to incorporate some new routines into their training regimen.
What we are trying to say here is that you don’t need to restrict yourself to doing 200 sit-ups and 100 crunches a day to enable you to get your abs popping out. Instead, take the necessary steps to build a well-shredded mid-section with these demanding killer abs workouts
We urge you to challenge yourself with these fat-shredding core exercises to help you build a stronger core and see your six-pack abs showing in no time.
Try these fat-burning core workouts for a well-shredded mid-section
#1. Russian Twist
Do a few reps of this exercise effective at whittling waistline. The Russian Twist is an excellent core workout that targets the abdominals, obliques, and lower lumbar through a turning motion at the torso.
- Sit with your knees bent, heels resting on the floor.
- Tilt your torso back slightly so that your abs become engaged, and arch your chest up towards the ceiling to flatten your back and straighten your spine.
- Hold some weight out in front of your chest and twist at your torso, rotating your shoulders as far left and right as you can.
- Turning left and right is one repetition.
#2. Opposite Arm and Leg Raise
This move strengthens the muscles in your glutes and core, as well as stabilizes muscles around your spine to help relieve pressure in the lower back.
- Begin on all fours, aligning your knees under your hips and your wrists under your shoulders.
- Raise your left arm to shoulder height and your left leg to hip height.
- Hold for 2 counts.
- Repeat this exercise on the opposite side.
- Do 15 to 20 reps, alternating sides.
#3. Reverse Crunch
… The Reverse Crunch is a core exercise that engages the lower ab muscles and is a great move for building strength.
- Place your hands on the ground palm down with your arms extended 4 to 6 inches out from your hips for support.
- Bring knees toward chest by flexing abdominal muscles, raising butt from floor while maintaining a constant knee angle.
- Lift your hips up off the ground as high as you can, keeping your legs straight up.
- Slowly lower back to the ground barely letting your hips touch before repeating the motion.
- Bringing your hips up and back down is one repetition.
This core exercise engages the lower abdominals and obliques. Coupled with a quick leg motion, it’s a good move for strengthening your hip flexors and toning and defining your thighs, abs and obliques.
- Lie on your back with your arms out by your sides and extend both legs up over your hips as straight as you can.
- Drop your left leg straight down towards the ground as far as you can control without touching the ground.
- Quickly raise your left leg back up while simultaneously lowering your right leg towards the ground.
- Alternate back and forth, continuing the motion for a set number of repetitions or a set time period.
- Up and down on each leg is one repetition.
#5. Squat Thrust with Twist
This targets your thighs, butt, obliques, shoulders, and chest.
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and extend your arms in front of you at shoulder height.
- Begin by squatting down, bending your knees 90 degrees, and twisting your upper body to the left.
- Now come up and repeat the exercise to the right.
- Do 3 sets, with 16 reps to your left and to your right.
#6. Side Elbow Plank
Side planks are a great way to work your core. It challenges your balance, works your obliques, and tones your shoulders.
- Lie on your right side, in a straight line from head to feet, resting on your forearm.
- With your abdominals gently contracted, lift your hips off the floor, maintaining the straight line.
- With your weight supported on the elbow and side of the foot, lower your hips to the floor.
- Pause, and then return to the starting position.
- Hold 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 3 times, alternating sides.
#7. Bicycle Crunches
One of the most effective ab exercises, this move really works the obliques.
- Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground.
- Interlace your fingers, and put your hands behind your head.
- Bring your knees in toward your chest, and lift your shoulder blades off the ground.
- Straighten your right leg out to about a 45-degree angle to the ground while turning your upper body to the left, bringing your right elbow toward the left knee. Make sure your rib cage is moving and not just your elbows.
- Now switch sides and do the same motion on the other side to complete one rep.
- Do 10 to 20 reps.
Source: Fitness Republic