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Lose Belly Weight Fast With This Ab Workout

October 27, 2015 2 min read

Who doesn't want a flat, toned stomach? Seriously? It tops the wish list of many women and yet it feels difficult to attain. It feels difficult because we are doing it wrong! Crunches will not work! "Crunches work only the muscles on the front and sides of your abdomen, but it's important to target all the muscles of the core to get more defined abs—including lower back, hips, and upper thighs," says Lou Schuler, co-author of The New Rules of Lifting for Abs. To uncover and carve out those abs of yours, Schuler suggests doing core stabilizing exercises. "Core exercises like the plank help train muscles to stabilize the spine and pelvis so you can avoid back pain and improve posture, Schuler says. "They also burn more calories than crunches because they work more muscles." Convinced yet? Try these moves from The New Rules of Lifting For Abs and you will be! The Best Abs Exercises: Side Plank Why it works: This abs exercise is more challenging than a traditional plank because you're supporting your entire body weight on two points of contact instead of four. As a result, you must work your core harder to stay stabilized.   How to do it: A. Lie on your left side with your elbow directly beneath your shoulder and legs stacked. Place your right hand on your left shoulder or on your right hip. B. Brace your abs and lift your hips off the floor until you're balancing on your forearm and feet so that your body forms a diagonal line. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds. If you can’t hold that long, stay up as long as you can and then repeat until you’ve held for 30 seconds total. Switch sides and repeat. The Best Abs Exercises: Walkout from Pushup Position Why it works: This abs exercise involves full-body movement, such as using the arms and legs, while incorporating resistance to strengthen your entire core.   How to do it: A. Start in pushup position with hands two inches wider than your shoulders. B. Walk hands out as far as possible, then walk back. Do 10-12 reps. Make it harder: Lift one leg before you walk your hands out and back. The Best Abs Exercises: Alligator Drag Why it works: This abs exercise uses your entire core to keep your body stabilized and burns additional calories by adding movement (dragging yourself along the floor). It mixes cardio, stability, and strength training to get you fast results.   How to do it: A. Find a stretch of floor that allows you to go forward 10 to 20 yards, and grab anything that will slide over the surface with minimal friction. Dinner plates or plastic bags work on a carpeted floor, while towels work on wood or tile. B. Start in pushup position with your feet on the slides, towels, or plates. C. Walk yourself forward with your hands to the end of your runway (aim for at least 10 yards). Rest for 60 to 90 seconds (or as long as you need to recover) and repeat the alligator walk back to where you started. That’s one set. Repeat one more time. What are your favourite ab exercises? Source: Shape  

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