Workouts

5 Exercises to Tighten Your Tummy


 

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Now, we all know there are hundreds upon hundreds of “belly shrinking” moves and exercises. Some work alright, some do nothing, and some are amazeballs! Here is a quick roundup with a breakdown of the awesomeness of 5 great moves.

  1. Meet the Plank family – I will show you this move in action (or lack of) once I get a camera squared away so sit tight until then. I can think of at least SIX different ways to do a plank which is great for preventing boredom. Even better, since it is such an awesome full body and core intensive move you don’t do countless reps. All you do is choose your plank, and hold for as long as you can. Now don’t distress if you can’t jump into a record breaking time, you don’t need to! Start with 5 seconds or 10 seconds or whatever you are comfortable with and build up from there.
  2. The Crunchy cousins – to me, the standard crunch you see everyone doing is only mildly effective when compared to its cousins. Like the plank, it has many variations. I like to start out with 2 set of 10 but feel free to customize the rep.
  • V- crunch: lie on your back on a comfortable mat or towel. Extend your arms over head and as you exhale, curl your body up into a ‘v’ by lifting your legs straight up and lifting your upper body as well.  Once you get it down feel free to add a weight or med ball but I will warn you, your inner thighs will feel it the next day.
  • Side to side toe touch: Lie on your back again and bend your knees with you feet close to your butt. Lift your shoulders in this position and reach your left arm to your left ankle before repeating on the other side.
  • Toe touch: on your back again! lift your legs straight into the air and leave them there. Reach out your arms and curl up to get your fingers as close to your toes as possible before relaxing back to the mat.
  1. Dumbbell side bend: Start by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and hold a dumbbell in one hand. I like to take my free hand and put it on my hip as I do this but that is just me, you could do fist bumps for all I care! So you have your dumbbell in say your left hand, now what you do is bend to left side while holding the dumbbell static. To return to the starting position, you want to engage your core, tighten it up to lift your body back upright. I do 2 sets of 15, one set on the left then I switch to the right and repeat.  It tightens your oblique up to minimize the love handle look and strengthens your back.
  2. Flutter kicks– Back on your mat! Tuck your hands beneath your tailbone, lift your shoulders up, lift your legs and then do small fluttering kicks with them. You can do these in sets, counting each full with a dominate foot or set a timer and go until it stops. The scissor move is very similar to this however your legs will be separating further than with the flutter kick.
  3. Leg Raises: once again you start on your mat. You can either tuck your hands under your tailbone like in the previous move or leave them at your side. Lift both of your legs up until they are straight up, then lower them back down until your heels touch the ground. Repeat. Start with a set of 15 and see how you feel.

I would suggest doing this 2-3 times a week on alternating days, I’ve done them in about 10 minutes so it doesn’t take very long. Enjoy!

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