Develop Washboard Abs with These Dumbbell Exercises

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Want to achieve sculpted, ripped abdominals? You can with the right routine! Achieving flat, defined midsection is easy as long as you are consistent. In today’s post, we are listing down the best dumbbell exercises that will blast fat and build washboard abs!

Low to High Wood Chop

This is a fun, dynamic workout that engages the obliques and upper abdominal muscles. The Low to High Wood Chop also does double duty as a cardio workout. To perform this exercise, do a squat while holding a dumbbell with both hands. Now, twist the body as you hold the dumbbell on the outside of your left leg. Now, slowly lift the weight diagonally across the body. End the twist to the right and hold the dumbbell over your head. In this motion, pivot your left foot if needed. Twist back to the starting position. This is one rep. Now do three sets of 15 reps on either side of the midsection.

Leaning Camel

This is a tweaked Camel Pose position in yoga. In yoga, the Camel Post boosts the spine’s flexibility and strength. But in the leaning camel position, you use weights to strengthen the torso and tone the abdominals. To perform the leaning camel, start on your knees. We recommend using a mat so the knees won’t hurt. Hold a five to eight pounds dumbbell with both hands. Position the dumbbell in front of the chest and breathe in. As you exhale, lean your upper body back and squeeze the glutes.

Use your abdominal muscles to keep the spine pin straight. As you inhale, go back to the starting position. This is one rep. Do three sets of 15 reps to tone the abs.

Standing Weighted Twist

The standing weighted twist gives the abdominal muscles an intense workout! You can increase the intensity even more by straightening your arms and picking up speed. To do the standing weighted twist, stand with your knees slightly bent. Hold a dumbbell at chest level. Now, rotate your ribcage from right to left. This is one rep. During the motion, you have to keep the pelvis as stable as possible. Also, make sure to pull the abdominal muscles toward the spine as you do the twist to engage this muscle group. Do three sets of 30 reps.

Plank and Rotate

Planking is hardly for newbies but this move strengthens the core like no other. It also engages the abs and creates definition. The rotating motion of the plank and rotate move will blast those pesky love handles away!

To start, go into a classic plank position. Hold a five-pound dumbbell on each hand. Make sure to keep the wrists as stiff as possible to prevent injury. Now, widen the legs to hip distance and lift one hand to the ceiling. Twist the entire torso as you do so but keep the motion controlled and smooth. Rotate the pelvis but keep it level.

Bring the hand back to the floor and do the other side. This completes the first rep. Do  a set of 10 to 15 reps.

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