The path to get to perfectly sculpted abs is not always the easiest thing to find. Today, there are so many workouts that claim that they are the “correct” way to meet your goal. It may be more beneficial— and less overwhelming – to do some research before diving into a new workout plan. This way we can learn more about our bodies so that we know what areas we really need to focus on.
Courtesy of the free iPhone app, Five Minute Workout — which I like using because it is easy to follow at home, we have a couple of my favorite ab exercises that each target different parts of your abdominals.
Targets: Entire core
How to do it: Lie face down. Push up off the floor onto elbows and toes. Hold position, while keeping your back flat throughout the exercise (free ab workout app).
Why I love it: This exercise goes beyond just shaping the abs as it strengthens the chest, arms, back, butt, and legs as well (www.woman.thenest.com).
Long Arm Crunch
Targets: The Upper Abs
How to do it: Lie flat on the floor with your arms extended straight above your head. While keeping your arms against your ears, lift your shoulders off the floor (free ab workout app).
Why I love it: For a lack of a better phrase, it is comfy. This exercise is easy on the back, and makes you stretch, allowing you to breathe throughout.
Targets: Obliques (Sides of the Abs)
How to do it: Place both hands behind your head. Start moving legs in a bicycle motion. Lift right shoulder off the floor toward your left knee. Repeat on the other side, and alternate (free ab workout app).
Why I love it: They are challenging, but they can help improve your balance. Once you master the basic form, you can switch it up by adding a medicine ball (if you’re feeling really confident!).
Targets: The Lower Abs
How to do it: Place both hands behind your head. Lift your shoulders off the floor into a crunch position, and hold. With your legs bent, pull your knees in towards your head. For this exercise your movement should be minimal, your knees should only be bent in a few inches (free ab workout app).
Why I love it: This one hurts a little but it helps strengthen your thighs, which is an area that I feel needs to be more toned on my body. Ultimately, you are using the power of your legs to work the bottom of your abs.
Of course, these are only a few of my favorite workouts, so they do not need to be yours. However, these are suggestions that work all portions of your abs. You have to find the best exercises that are most suited to your needs.
– Written by Stacy