Love 'em or hate 'em, ab workouts are essential if you want a toned tummy. And luckily, there are plenty of super-effective abs exercises out that that require zero equipment. We're not just talking about your basic crunches and sit-ups, either.
We picked four of our fave moves that can help you get (or keep!) those washboard abs. Practice them at the gym, at home, or even in a hotel room while traveling, and you'll gain strength and muscle tone.
How to: Get into plank position, forearms on the floor, elbows under your shoulders, legs extended behind you. Place your right hand flat on the floor, and then your left, straightening your arms to pushup position. Return to start by lowering onto your right, then left, forearms. Repeat, leading with your left hand; alternate. Perform as many reps as you can in 50 seconds.
How to: Sit on a mat with your legs extended in front of you. Roll your back onto the mat and lift your legs over your hips, supporting yourself with your arms. Use momentum to roll quickly back to the starting position, but bend your knees and place your feet flat on the mat. Plant your feet and jump up, reaching your arms over your head. Land softly and bend your knees to lower back down to start. That’s one rep. Do 10.
SEATED OBLIQUE TWIST
How to: Sit on the floor and hold a towel taut between your hands, arms straight and extended at shoulder height; lean back and raise your feet about a foot off the floor, keeping your core tight and knees bent. Pull the right end of the towel toward the floor, rotating your shoulders and torso. Pause, then rotate back to center and repeat on the other side. That’s one rep. Do 20.
How to: Stand with feet just more than shoulder-width apart, knees bent and weight on your toes; rotate your shoulders and torso to the left. Keeping your shoulders facing in this direction, jump and rotate your lower body 180 degrees to the left, then jump to rotate back to start. Continue alternating quickly. Do as many as you can for 20 seconds.
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- November 21, 2017
- Jonathan Kay