Feel the burn, skip the crunches.
The carpet is a great place to sculpt sexy abs. What’s not so great? Only doing sit-that use only part of your core muscles to tone. So we had to create five basic movements of intense and efficient building that target all the abdominal regions. Here’s how to torch calories and cinch your waist, no crunches required.
Weighted Russian Twist
With both hands, hold the ends of a dumbbell, the sides of a weight plate, or a medicine ball. Sit on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat. Hold your arms straight out in front of your chest with your palms together. Lean back so your torso is at a 45-degree angle to the floor (A). Brace your core, and rotate your torso to the right as far as you can (B). Rotate to the left as far as you can (C). Return to the starting position. That’s one rep.
Lie faceup on the floor with your legs straight and your arms at your sides(A). In one movement, quickly lift your torso into an upright position as you pull your knees to your chest (B). Lower your body back to the starting position. That’s one rep.
Foam Roller Reverse Crunch with Dumbbell
Lie faceup on the floor and hold a foam roller between the backs of your ankles and thighs. The fronts of your thighs should be facing your chest. Grasp a heavy dumbbell that’s set on the floor behind you (A). Raise your hips and bring your knees to your chest (B). Return to the starting position. That’s one rep.
Leg Lowering Drill
Lie faceup on the floor, and raise your upper legs until they’re perpendicular to the floor. Bend your knees slightly (A). Without changing the arch in your lower back or the angle of your knees, brace your core and try to take 3 to 5 seconds to lower your feet as close to the floor as you can. One trick: Press your lower back toward the floor as you perform the movement (B). Once your feet touch the floor, raise them back to the starting position. That’s one rep.
Lie faceup on the floor with your right leg straight and flat on the floor. Your left knee should be bent, and your left food flat. Place your palms on the floor underneath the natural arch in your lower back. (Don’t flatten your back) (A). Slowly raise your head and shoulders off the floor without bending your lower back and hold this position for 7 or 8 seconds, breathing deeply the entire time (B). That’s one rep. Complete the prescribed number of reps, then do the same number with your left leg straight and your right bent.