Ask any woman what part of her body she wishes were toned and completely on point, and I think more than six out of ten would probably say their abs. Whether your torso area has taken a hit from childbirth, injury, dietary mistake, or just general avoidance of hard core exercise up to now, it’s never too late to start improving and building those abs! Having great abs can really boost your self confidence, especially in the summer time when swimsuit season is in mid flow. Here are three of the most effective workouts for perfect abs!
1. Bicycle Crunches
To perform a proper bicycle crunch, you need to lie on your back on your yoga mat with your legs in the air and your knees pulled in towards your chest. Place your fingertips behind your ears on both sides. You should then engage your core by contracting your shoulder blades as you lift each side of your body off the floor, straightening one leg at a time as you rotate. Make sure that your elbow reaches towards your opposite leg with each rotation.
2. Captain’s Chair
You need some equipment to perform this one, but it’s worth it. You need a captain’s chair, or a chair/stool that has no armrests or back. To complete the exercise, you need to let your legs dangle straight down before starting to raise your knees towards your chest. You engage your ab muscles by pulling them up towards your spine, then very slowly lowering your legs, strengthening resistance on both sides of the equation!
3. Exercise Ball Crunches
This is a super effective exercise for abs. Using your trusty exercise ball, lie on it with your hands behind your head, and proceed to carry out a traditional type of crunch by leaning back and using your core muscles to help bring you back forward in to more of a sitting position. It is particularly effective because doing it on the medicine ball requires extra balance, which in turn engages some of the smaller ab muscles that don’t always get worked out with more stationary methods.