You don’t need advanced fitness skills to tone your abdominals. These abs workout are effective yet simple. It’s perfect for those who are toning their abs for the first time. As long as you are consistent, you will see positive results within weeks:
The Butterfly Crunch
Want to achieve washboard abs? This is a great way to start! The butterfly crunch engages the rectus abdominus. Do this regularly to sculpt your stomach and develop an enviable six pack.
First, lie on your back. Keep the soles of your feet together, as close to the body as possible. Bend your knees on your sides. Put your hands behind your head. Your elbows should be in line with your ears. Keep your back as flat to the floor as possible. As you inhale, constrict your abdominal muscles. As you exhale, curl your chest several inches off the floor and towards your legs. Do up to 10 reps.
The obliques are muscles located on either side of your stomach. Toning these muscles help build definition while shrinking the waistline. To do the obliques squeeze, lie on your back. Keep your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Keep your arms on either side of your body. Exhale and contract your abdominal muscles as you slide your right hand towards your right foot. Keep your neck and head aligned. Your back should be pressed firmly on the floor. Now return to the starting position and switch to the other side. Do at least 15 reps.
Fingers to Toes
The finger to toes position targets the midsection, your abdominal muscles. Lie on your back. Keep your arms by your side then extend your legs towards the ceiling. Now, as you exhale, contract your abs. Crunch up from the waist, extending your hands towards your toes. Keep your back flat on the floor. The crunching motion will engage the abdominal muscles. Do at least 10 reps.
This is a great exercise to target the obliques. With your back on the floor, rest your fingers behind your head. As you contract your abdominal muscles, raise your left knee. Let your knee touch your right elbow. Return to the starting position and do the opposite side. Raise your right knee and touch your left elbow with it. Alternate in a continuous motion. This will keep the side muscles engaged.
Always keep your hands relaxed so you don’t pull your neck at an angle. This will cause unnecessary stress on your neck and head. Do at least 2 sets.
Rock ‘n’ Raise
The Rock ‘n’ Raise will target the lower abdominal muscles. With your back on the floor, keep your arms at your side. Your knees should point outwards while the soles of the feet are touching. Slowly raise your legs until the toes are pointed to the ceiling. The hips should be a few millimeters off the floor. Feel the squeeze of your lower abs muscles and go back to the start position. Do at least 10 reps.