While in full plank position, lift your left leg off the floor, and contract your abs, round your back and pull your left knee towards the middle of your face. While keeping your core, arms and legs tight and strong, straighten your left leg behind you while extending your spine and lowering your hips toward the floor. Don’t let your hips or legs touch the ground, though. Then slowly pull your left knee in. Repeat this five times. Then switch sides and perform five times as well.
Start this next one out by holding a weighted body bar to the side of one of your shoulders. While engaging your abdominals, twist your upper body until the bar is in front of you and contracting one of your obliques. Return to starting position. Perform 15 reps to one side, then place the bar on your other shoulder and perform 15 additional reps on the other side.
Now sit in an L-sit position on the floor, legs together and hands behind your torso, with your fingers pointing back. While keeping your elbows and knees straight, squeeze your shoulders and glutes together as you lift your hips up off the floor. Next, use your abs to reverse the movement and pull your hips through your arms as far back as possible, but not letting your buttocks touch the floor. When your hips can go back no further, then slowly lower your buttocks down to the floor. Return to starting position. That’s one rep. Repeat until you reach 10 reps.
Performing these moves and more can help you strengthen and tone your abdominals. Here's to fab abs!
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.