During this Covid 19 pandemic, a number of people started on their personal weight loss journeys. Trying hard to keep busy and improve themselves and to fill in their time with things to do to keep their mind off the everyday struggle. Exercise has quickly become one of the biggest activities people have turned to since social distancing became a thing. More and more people have built home gyms or are finally using the memberships that they only used occasionally. While we continue to work to be our best selves there are areas on our bodies that are notoriously hard to get rid of. One of those problem areas is the stomach. This can be especially true for women as well as men. So, if you are seeking just to tone or to get a six pack, here are six exercises that will help you achieve your goal. As always, before beginning any new exercise regimes, make sure you consult a physician for a good bill of health.
Below we will go through 6 easy ab exercises that will help tone and give you the six pack that will make you the envy of the neighborhood. These ab exercises are not a magic bullet or pill but with consistency and hard work you will reach your goal. Don’t get discouraged, it may take a few weeks to a month to see results, this is no overnight fix. Giving up is a huge problem but if you put in the time and effort, the results will come.
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We will start with the plank. One ab workout that you can do almost anywhere and get results if done in the proper way is the plank. If you want to build a strong core, then planks are the way to go. Exercises such as crunches can hit some of the abdominal muscles however, planks hit all the core muscles of the stomach. Here is a demo of how to properly perform a plank.
Lying Leg Raises
Leg raises are another basic core exercise that’s relatively simple however, it is very effective. If you want 6 pack abs you should add this one as a key exercise, it will help you attain your goal. Chloe Ting, a YouTube influencer, has several core videos that could be great place to start on how to do this exercise and more. She has multiple series of workouts that can either target a muscle group or some that are full body workouts.
To start this exercise, you’ll need to be laying on your back and lift your legs until they are above your hips while on the floor. Then lower your legs as far as you can then alternate you your legs making small kicking motions (flutters); remember to breathe through your nose as you complete each rep.
With your lower back connected to the floor lift your legs twelve inches off the floor.
Squeeze your abs as you scissor your legs right over left and repeat this process for one rep.
For effectiveness focus on keeping your lower back engaged with the floor.
V-Sits is an ab exercise that builds core strength while improving core and trunk balance.
Benefits of the v-sits are, it helps to strengthen hip flexors and obliques. Better than traditional sit ups. The way v-sits are done is by sitting with your leg extended and torso off the ground. Slowly lift your legs up in an extended position at a 45-degree angle (in the shape of a V, hence the name) along with your torso. lower leg and torso and repeat.
Another great exercise for the core is leg lifts. This is a easy exercise to build up those abs
Start by laying flat on floor with your face to the ceiling. With your back on the floor arms to the
Side lift you both legs about 12 inches of the floor. Pulse legs up and down without coming in contact with the floor.