Tighten up and slim down with these simple, yet highly-effective, core sculpting moves!
Your core is made up of multiple layers of muscle that run in all different directions. Most of the time, when we picture the core, we think of just the ab muscles, but it includes muscles of the back, as well. All of these muscles work together to perform a number of tasks including, but not limited to: support, stabilization, protection, and movement. These core-sculpting moves to a tighter tummy will work all of these muscles evenly, to ensure a perfectly sculpted abdomen and back.
It’s important to note that in order to reveal your abs, you must eat properly along with working out. The moves included in this routine will tighten and tone the muscles of your core, but dieting will help you shed any excess fat above them. Try the 21-Day Flat Belly Meal Plan. It’s full of nutritious and delicious recipes!
You can also burn excess calories by performing HIIT and cardiovascular exercise. These forms of training will get your heart pumping, helping you to lose more weight. HIIT has also been proven to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more fat even after the workout is done. Along with this ab routine, try these highly-effective workouts as well:
- Lean Body HIIT Workout Challenge
- Belly Fat Melting HIIT Workout Routine
- 15-Minute Indoor Body Weight HIIT
6 Core-Sculpting Moves to a Tighter Tummy
What to do: Perform each exercise for the amount of time provided for your fitness level. Depending on how much time you have, complete 2-5 rounds. We’ve included instructional videos for each exercise at the bottom of this post.
Beginner: 30 seconds on / 30 seconds rest
Intermediate: 40 seconds on / 20 seconds rest
Advanced: 50 seconds on / 10 seconds rest
Side Plank (Right)
Side Plank (Left)
Cross-Body Toe Touch Crunch
Cross-Body Toe Touch Crunch
*Note: In order to increase difficulty, you can hold a medicine ball or dumbbell.
Core training is imperative to earning and maintaining a healthy, fit body. Practically every movement that you make is powered by the torso, which is just one of the reasons that having a strong core is so important!
For best results, perform this routine 3 days per week, making sure that you give yourself at least 1 day of rest in between.
Along with core training, perform at least 75 minutes of HIIT per week or 150 minutes of moderate intensity cardio.
Lastly, sticking to a healthy diet will help you make the most out of your time and effort. Remember, you can’t out-train a bad diet.
What did you think of these core-sculpting moves to a tighter tummy? What’s your favorite abdominal exercise? Tell us in the comment section!
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