A strong core looks good on everyone! And having strong abdominal muscles can help in several aspects of your fitness life. Abs help you maintain proper posture while lifting, which prevents injuries, and they keep your body stable during planks, push-ups, and mountain climbers. These five core moves will help you tone and strengthen those abdominal muscles!
The reverse crunches target your lower abs, while sit ups target upper abs. Bicycle crunches and Russian twists will work both your obliques and transverse abdominals. The final move, the jackknife crunch, engages both upper and lower abs for a killer finish.
So go ahead and try these core moves for strong and defined abs. You can follow our workout, or integrate the exercise moves into your own routine.
What You’ll Need: a mat, a gym timer (free to download from the app store), and an optional dumbbell.
What to Do: Set your timer for 45 seconds of exercise and 15 seconds of rest. Do each move in order. Repeat a total of 3 times with no break in between the cycles.
Below, we’ve included videos showing how to perform each move. Using proper form helps prevent injuries and ensures you’re getting the most out of your workout.
1. Reverse Crunch
2. Bicycle Crunch
3. Russian Twist
4. Jackknife Crunch
5. Sit Ups