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10 Simple Yet Effective Ab Exercises for Girls Lacking in Effort ...

By Allison

These 10 simple yet effective ab exercises are perfect for girls lacking in effort. According to Byrdie, there's no quick solution to rock hard abs, but the secrets to burning belly fat is within these workouts--all you have to do is stick with it and follow along with these gentle yet effective moves if you're a total beginner. With consistency, you'll be bikini ready in no time! Watch these ab exercise tutorials for results!

Table of contents:

  1. Medicine ball circuit
  2. Butterflies
  3. Skipping
  4. Planking
  5. Twists
  6. Side planks
  7. Single-leg crunches
  8. Mountain climbers
  9. Box jumps
  10. Deadlift burpees

1 Medicine Ball Circuit

When she wants to focus on the abs, Jeanette Jenkins adds a medicine ball circuit to her workout. And as personal trainer to Serena Williams, Kelly Rowland and Jordana Brewster, she knows what she’s talking about. Working through this series of moves—including ab tucks, push-ups and jackknifes—three times, the extra resistance provided by the brilliantly lo-fi medicine ball will help tone your tummy even faster.

Follow this full body 10 or 20-Minute Medicine Ball Interval Circuit Workout.

2 Butterflies

As a former personal trainer to Madonna and Broadway dancer, Nicole Winhoffer has a lot to teach us about amazing abs. Crunches like the butterfly—where you bring your knees together and lift your upper body at the same time—will work your upper abs brilliantly.

Follow this seated butterfly stretch thigh workout:

3 Skipping

Remember how much fun you used to have skipping in the playground? Well, it’s also an amazing way to condition your whole body, especially your abs, which will contract to stabilise your jumping. Follow DJ and founder of HBFIT.com, Hannah Bronfman’s, lead and mix up your swing. Keep the action in your wrists, rather than arms.

In this tutorial, you're sure to burn major calories with these high knee skipping exercises.

4 Planking

Planking is seriously good for your core and you can do it pretty much anywhere and everywhere. It’s a simple exercise, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Focus on your form and make sure your core is engaged; otherwise you'll just be putting unwanted pressure on your shoulders and arms. If you’re a beginner start with a bent knee pose and work your way up to straightened legs.

Follow this three minute perfect plank workout:

5 Twists

While Kayla Itsines is an advocate of working your whole body rather than focussing on just one area, the bikini body guru knows how much of a difference a flat stomach can make to your confidence and progress. Twists are a really important part of tummy-toning, ensuring your side oblique muscles are strengthened as well as the abs in the centre.

This Ab Workout: V-Sits With Russian Twist combo is perfect for getting rid of love handles!

6 Side Planks

Once you've mastered regular planks, if you want to increase the challenge, try working in side planks which will make your body work harder to keep itself stable. To really push things up a notch incorporate arm and leg raises. Just be sure that your core is engaged at all times to make the most of this body-weight exercise.

Here are 15 Side-Plank Variations For a Flat Belly:

7 Single-Leg Crunches

There are countless ways to modify crunches, most of which involve incorporating leg lifts or movements, which will ramp up the difficulty level and work your lower as well as upper abdominal muscles.

This single leg crunch tutorial takes you step by step for the perfect crunch:

8 Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers are dreaded by even the most enthusiastic HIIT-ers, but in this case the pain is definitely worth the gain. They'll strengthen your abdominals and burn fat at the same time, helping you achieve your flat stomach goals in double-quick time.

Mountain climbers is a great cardio excersize. The faster you go, the faster your heart rate.

9 Box Jumps

Jumping is a great core challenge as your abs will automatically engage to keep you upright and balanced. Begin with a box that's no more than three feet tall, and really concentrate on getting your form right before you start adding any more height.

Box jumps are where you're jumping onto something, whether it's a box or a park bench. Make sure to control the landing.

10 Deadlift Burpees

Regular burpees tone pretty much your whole body, including your abs. But with a little bit of modification, they become super-strengtheners. Incorporating a deadlift into your reps is all about keeping your core engaged as you work the weights, tightening and strengthening those deep abdominal muscles.

Keep your spine straight and slightly flexed to correctly do this dead lift following with a burpee.

Which of these simple yet effective ab exercises did you like the most? What do you think is the best ab workout? Tell us in the comments below!

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