Summer might be on its way out but that’s no reason to allow your stomach to do the same. Keep doing these exercises throughout the autumn and you’ll have awesome abs when spring rolls around again.
Here are 5 of the best moves for a ripped torso:
A great exercise for working your core and side muscles if you don’t mind looking like a struggling beetle! This move has gained huge popularity with personal trainers lately. Do it as slowly as possible for best results.
How: Lie on your back with arms extended over your shoulders. Lift your knees up to 90-degrees. Simultaneously stretch out your right arm behind your head whilst stretching your left leg in front of you. Return arms and legs slowly to the start and repeat on the opposite side. Do 10 reps each side.
The medicine ball is a great tool for strengthening your chest and back. This move is tough but once you get experienced at it you will really notice things tightening up.
How: Lie on your back with legs bent 90-degrees and raise a medicine ball above your head. Engaging your core and keeping your arms straight, slowly lower the ball until it’s even with your body. Gently lift the ball back up to starting point. Do 10 reps.
If you can do a regular plank easily, it’s time to step it up. Single-arm planks are dynamic exercises, so they keep you moving at all times, which works wonders for core strength,
How: Assume a plank position but with bent elbows and bodyweight resting on your forearms. Keeping your back straight, reach your right arm behind you so it is straight beside your body. Hold for 30 seconds then repeat on the other side. Do 3 reps each side.
If you’re suffering from plank monotony, try introducing this variation. All you need is a tea towel and determination and you’re on the road to an awesome set of abs.
How: On any smooth floor, get into plank position with your feet resting on two folded tea towels. Start to rock your body forward and back in a sawing motion. This will force you to maintain your balance as your feet slide backward along the floor. The further you rock, the tougher the exercise. Do 10-15 reps.
This is like doing a plank whilst leaning on a ball and ‘stirring’ in circles. Great for your core strength, tough to perform.
How: Adopt a plank position with your forearms resting on an exercise ball. Keep your back and hips straight then start to make small clockwise circular rotations with your forearms. Reverse with 5 anticlockwise motions. Make the circles bigger as you gain strength.
the dead bug is another one in that category, nowhere near as easy as the demo makes it look. Can feel it doing good already.
I love the stir the pot one! Never heard of it before and it sounds easy enough but actually it's pretty tough.