Vertical Ab Workouts: The 6 Secrets To A Flat Stomach

These six targeted toning exercises will give you a tight tummy in no time! It's time to get off the floor and really work your core. Standing engages more muscles and doesn't require any equipment.

#1 Standing Bicycle  

Stand with feet together and knees bent with your hands behind your head. Lift your left heel. Brace your abs in and lift left knee up as right shoulder rotates towards knee, attempting to touch. Lower back to start. Do 20 reps, and then repeat on opposite side.

#2 Extended Toe Touch 

Stand on your right leg with your knee bent and with your left leg extended low behind hip. Extend right arm straight overhead, with palm facing forward. Slightly extend spine and lift chest, raising left leg as high as you can, reaching your right arm up. Scoop abs into spine and sweep left leg forward, reaching right hand to toes. Return to start. Do 10 reps, and then repeat on opposite side.

#3 Leaning Lift Crunch

Stand with feet together and knees bent, arms extended overhead and palms pressed together. Lean torso to the right, stretching through left side. Next, brace abs in and slowly lean to the left as left leg extends out to the side, lifting leg with pointed toe. Do 20 reps, and then repeat on opposite side.

#4 Rotating Deadlift

Begin in a split stance with left foot forward and knees slightly bent, hands behind head. Engage abs and hinge forward from hips while keeping spine straight, until chest is almost parallel to floor. As body returns upright (maintaining flat back), rotate torso to the left, looking back over left shoulder. Do 15 reps, and then repeat on opposite side.

#5 Step Chop

Stand with feet together and knees bent, hands clasped, and arms extended overhead. Take a step out to the side with left leg as arms chop down to left hip. Bring left foot back to right and swing arms overhead to the right. Do 20 reps, and then repeat on opposite side.

#6 Skating Windmill

Stand on left leg, right leg bent behind body and foot lifted low. Bend left knee and lean forward, reaching right arm to the floor in front of left foot, extending left arm up behind body. Jump off left foot and leap to the right, bending elbows and bringing hands together in mid-air. Land on right leg, with your knee bent, reaching left arm to right foot, right arm extended behind body. Repeat to the other side. Do 10 reps total.


Give these killer tummy toning moves a try and let us know your results!



Source: Shape

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