Ab-Tastic: Moves for a Toned Tummy

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I enjoy working out and staying in shape. This way, I feel a lot better about eating what I want since I keep up a constant workout schedule. I always begin my workouts with using weights for my arms, then do abs, and then cardio. When it comes to ab workouts, I like simple, but effective moves for great results. My two favorites are:

  1. The Plank (hold for 30 seconds or a minute)
  2. Alphabet Bike

There are two ways in which to do the plank. If you’re just starting off, I suggest the forearm plank. You get in a push-up position but keep your forearms on the floor with your elbows directly under your shoulders. You lift your hips so your back is flat.

The second way, which is a bit more difficult, starts with getting into a push-up position with your palms under your shoulders and your feet hip-width apart and toes tucked. Push up so your arms are straight and your back is flat.

Now the alphabet bike is simply the bicycle crunch, but I like using the alphabet as a way to do a bunch of crunches without even knowing it! You lie with your back on the floor, feet up, and your knees at 90 degrees. Place your hands on your head and straighten your right leg out while simultaneously bringing your left leg into your body and twisting your midsection so that your right elbow touches your left knee. On each movement, say a letter of the alphabet so when you start with A and twist, you end up doing 26 crunches till you end on Z. Believe it or not, this helps it go by faster!

The alphabet bike is an extremely effect move because it targets two places at once: the muscle that defines your six-pack and the one that defines your waist. Therefore, if you perform this regularly, the result is a super-flat stomach and an ultra-trim waist. HELLOOOO SKINNY JEANS

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