Leave out those boring, standard stale crunches and mix up your ab routine with some of our favorite stomach tightening, core strengthening moves. Create your own routine by picking and choosing from the moves below, shooting for a 10 to 15-minute long session. Pair this with healthy eating and all you need to see a real difference in your waistline are two to three sessions per week (on non-consecutive days). Try this workout for 3 weeks and see yourself lose at least 3 inches off your waist if not more.
Vary it up: Choose different moves each time you do your ab workout to keep things interesting and to continue challenging your core’s different muscles!
1. Elbow To Knee Crunch
Lie faceup with your hips and knees bent 90 degrees so that your lower legs are parallel to the floor. Place your fingers on the sides of your forehead. Lift your shoulders off the floor and hold them there. Twist your upper body to the right as you pull your right knee in as fast as you can until it touches your left elbow. Simultaneously straighten your left leg. Return to the starting position and repeat to the right.
Test your core stability and thigh strength by moving just your legs in multiple directions. Lying on your back, arms down by your sides, raise your feet about a foot off the floor. With control, scissor your legs up and down for 10 reps. Without resting, now scissor-kick side to side (alternating which foot crosses over top at the center) for 10 more. Repeat for 3 sets, trying not to drop your legs in between.
3. Cross Body Mountain Climbers
Start at the top of the pushup position. Keeping your abs braced, pick up your right foot and slowly bring your right knee toward your left shoulder. Return to start. Alternate legs until you complete 12 reps per leg.
Start face down on the floor resting on your forearms and knees. Push off the floor, raising up off your knees onto your toes and resting mainly on your elbows. Contract your abdominals to keep yourself up and prevent your booty from sticking up. Keep your back flat — don’t let it droop or you’ll be defeating the purpose. Picture your body as a long straight board, or plank. Hold as long as you can. Aim for 20-30 seconds in the beginning and work your way up to one minute, as you get stronger.
5. Reverse Crunch
Lie on your back, knees bent. Bring them in to your chest and backdown. Make sure that when you do Reverse Crunches, you are squeezing your core in and out each time. Don’t cheat by letting your upper body, or body’s momentum, do the work that your core should be doing.