You may have been hiding those love handles beneath jumpers during the cooler months, but now that summer’s here those wobbly bits are harder to disguise.
Which means it’s time for some targeted exercises to help tone and flatten your tummy. We’ve got two simple, but effective moves you can do anywhere. Aim for high reps and lighter weights to create your best summer body.
Small moves are smart and this exercise proves it. It will flatten and strengthen your stomach like nothing else because it works your deep core stabilisers!
Sit on the floor with knees bent. Create a c-shape with your back by grasping your thighs behind your knees, pulling in your abs and leaning forward. Lean back slightly so your body forms a v-shape. Keeping your arms straight, lift them up and over your head, just past your ears, so they are pointing behind you. Now pulse your arms up and down slightly, aiming for 10-20 reps.
Here you’re working all the muscles in your upper body as well as your back so you’re pretty much guaranteed a ‘stonking summer bod’.
Start in a or full plank or half plank. Lower down to a push up position bringing your chest right down to the floor. Hold for a second, then push back up slightly so your arms form a 90 degree angle. Keep your stomach tight and repeat this raising and lowering 10 times.
Then add another step: With your arms still bent, raise and then lower your knees to the floor 6 times. Lift your body back into a plank (or half plank) and repeat the entire sequence again. Reduce the reps as you do each circuit - perform just 6 push ups and 4 knee taps, then 4 push ups and 2 knee taps.
Finally, stretch out take a well-deserved rest.
that stomach scorcher is TOUGH! Must be doing some good.