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Simple Exercises For Rock Solid Abs

Exercises for the abdominal region might seem like a daunting task for some, but, it’s pretty simple if you can stick to a consistent routine that works for you. Here are some exercises you could try.

The Side Crunch

A relatively difficult move that gets easier with practice, the side crunch puts your balance to the test while touching on your oblique muscles slightly.

How To: 

  • Kneel on the floor and lean over to your right side, placing your right palm on the floor.
  • Keeping your weight balanced, slowly extend your left leg and point your toes.
  • Place your left hand behind your head, pointing your elbow toward the ceiling.
  • Slowly lift your leg to hip height as you extend your arm above your leg, with your palm facing forward.
  • Look out over your hand while bringing the left side of your rib cage toward your hip.
  • Lower to your starting position and repeat 6 to 8 times.
  • Do two sets of 6 to 8 reps, and then switch sides.

The Prone Plank

A simple exercise you can do anywhere that target your abs.

How To: 

  • Get into a full pushup position with your palms on the floor beneath your shoulders.
  • Hold here for 30 seconds, with your abs contracted and your arms and legs extended and your head aligned with your spine.
  • As you build strength, hold this position longer, up to one minute.
  • Go deeper: Try the one-arm stable switching plank.

Ballet Twist

This is a modified half crunch with a graceful twist that leaves you feeling energized.

How To: 

  • Sit on the floor and extend your legs, pressing them firmly together.
  • Lean back 45 degrees from the hips.
  • Keep your abs engaged as you bring both your arms overhead like a ballerina.
  • Slowly twist your torso to the right, placing your right arm on the mat. Keep your left arm reaching overhead for a slow count of 3.
  • Repeat the movement, keeping your left arm on the floor, and keeping your butt and heels on the floor.
  • Contract your abs to support your spine as you return to centre, bringing both arms overhead.
  • Continue alternating sides. Do 2 sets of 6 to 8 reps on each side.
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