For some reason, everyone and their mother wants a six pack of abs rippling under their sexy bikini. For real though, my mom would probably kill for a six pack of abdominals. Everyone is busy doing crunches, and breaking their backs thinking that is the only way to achieve sure firm, flat stomachs. Just check out the models from Tavik Swimwear. You can grate cheese on those puppies.
In reality though, in regards to your ab workout, you’re probably doing it wrong.
First things first, you can’t get abs without incorporating a diet into the mix. It’s a harsh realty, but true. There’s no way that you can keep eating pasta and donuts and do fifty crunches a day and think those two things will sync into perfect ab-harmony.
So start that diet if you’re serious about this whole ab thing. I can give you some great advice of incorporating Superfoods into your diet which will help get those muscles in check.
Once you get the diet down, you can start incorporating some ab workouts into the mix. We’re not talking about billions of sit-ups and voila. We’re talking about working those obliques and lower abdominals into the mix.
We’ve spoken to a few of our favorite personal trainers to find some unique ab exercises that you can do within 15 minutes of your every day life. You don’t need to give up an insane amount of time to do this. 15 minutes. And you’re done. I get that ab workouts are hard, I really do. If they were fun and easy EVERYONE WOULD HAVE ABS. That’s why you need discipline and some tough love to get goin’. Also, I know that we all can be lazy, so when we see people throwing dumbells and weird exercise equipment into the mix, you get dissuaded. So we took some really badass ab workouts and swapped out the equipment you probably don’t have laying around, with stuff you probably do have laying around.
Check it out:
1. Body Saw
What they say you need: Sliders
What you can really use: Paper plates
Strength and fitness specialist Bret Contreras called it one of the best abdominal exercises in terms of muscle activation. The Body Saw is performed using sliders for your feet. Assume a push-up position, except rest on your forearms instead of your palms. With your toes on the sliders, move your body forward and backward, tightening your abs to create the motion.
2. Side Twists
What you need: Weight plate
What you can really use: A handle of water
Sit on the floor on a mat and hold a weight plate (handle of water) with both hands out in front of your abdominals with your arms slightly bent. Lean back slightly with your upper body and elevate your legs off the floor. Rotate from side to side and touch the plate on the floor on either side. Remember to contract your midsection throughout the entire exercise as you twist from side to side.
What you need: Exercise ball
What you can really use: Nothing damnit
Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for 60 seconds. If you can’t make it to 60 seconds, hold for 5 to 10 seconds and rest for 5 seconds, continuing for 1 minute. Focus on form: Don’t drop your hips or raise your butt. Try to increase your time every day. Do it for 30 days and your core will definitely thank us.
4. Lunge + Rotation
What you need: A dumbbell
What you can really use: A bag of flour/sugar
Grab a 5- to 15-pound dumbbell with both hands. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms straight out. Take a big step forward with your left foot and, bracing your abs, twist your torso to the left as you bend your knees and lower your body until both of your legs form 90-degree angles. Twist back to center, push off your left foot, and stand back up. Repeat on the other leg. That’s 1 rep. Do 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps. Keep your elbows straight but not locked.
5. Hip-Thigh Raise
What you need: NOTHING. BOOM.
Lie on your back with your right knee bent and your left leg extended. Rest your arms on the floor, palms up, at shoulder level with your hips about 2 inches off the floor. Raise your hips to form a straight line from your shoulders to your left foot. Hold for 2 counts, then return to start. That’s 1 rep. Do 10 to 15 reps on each side. To make it harder, cross your arms over your chest.
So there you have it. Try these moves, all 5 of them together and let us know how you feel. Also let us know how you look in your designer swimwear now.
Then send us your pictures in a month of those rock hard abs.