Below are my top three favorite ab exercises that can be done either at the gym or easily at home! For these exercises always remember to pull in tight with the stomach to help engage the core. Some of these can be difficult at first, depending on what you’re used to, so feel free to take stretches and breaks as needed 😉
Stability Ball Knee Tucks
For this exercise simply lay in a plank position with a (large or small) stability ball below your feet while placing the hands right below the shoulders. Exhale and gently pull the knees towards your chest, rolling the ball forward as your knees tuck under the torso, holding this position briefly. Then, inhale as you push your knees away from your chest, returning your body to the starting plank position. Remember to avoid arching your back by simply engaging the tummy throughout this exercise. For these, I like doing anywhere from four to six sets of ten (so about 40-60). Taking breaks as needed of course 😉
Laying flat on your back with your feet on the ground, simply place your hands either behind the head or in a ballet first position as shown above (making a circular shape with the arms, almost like you’re holding a beach ball). Then, engage the tummy and slowly lift the shoulder blades off the floor. I then like to pause there for a couple seconds, focusing on the area right in between the hip bones. Then slowly lower your upper body back to the starting position, one vertebra at a time. For these, I typically do about 50 sets at a faster pace or 25 sets at a much slower pace.
Russian Twist (Ballet-Inspired)
For the final exercise (which is one of my favs!) simple sit with your feet flat on the floor, while your torso is lowered to about a 45-degree angle. For the position of your arms, it’s just a question of personal preference. You can either keep them in that ballet first position (as shown above) or place the elbows closer to the chest, whichever feels most comfortable to you! To begin, sit in that 45-degree angle and twist the torso to one side as you sit up closer to that 90-degree angle. As you sit up, lift the leg slightly, then return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. I like doing about four sets of ten of these ones 😉
Static Stretches To Finish
Stretch your abs, obliques, and legs, and finish these tiny tummy exercises with our ‘Stretching Guide For longer Legs’
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