Tummy Toning Exercises That Aren t Crunches

Tummy Toning Exercises That Aren t Crunches

Is your ab workout ineffective and boring?

If you’re tired of doing the same variations of crunches and sit-ups and aren’t seeing any results, don’t be tempted to waste your money on one of those crazy infomercial contraptions that claim to give you a six pack why you sit and watch TV. Instead you should try challenging your tummy with new ab exercises like these:

Flat Back

According to Fitness Magazine, you can (sort of) sit and get your stomach fit. For this move, sit on the floor with your back against the wall. Slightly bend your knees and make sure that your feet are more than shoulder-width apart. Place your hands between your legs on the floor right in front of you. Now contract your ab muscles, press your hands into the floor, and lift your feet about six inches off of the floor. Hold for one count before lowering your feet back down. Try to do 20 reps of this exercise that’s much easier on your neck than sit-ups.

Side Lunge with Arm Raise

You’ve got to love an ab workout that also targets other areas of your body. According to YouBeauty, all you have to do is add an arm raise and a light dumbbell to a side lunge to tighten your tummy. Start standing up straight with your dumbbell in your right hand. Side lunge to the right, lifting your right arm out to the side so that it’s parallel to the ground. Make sure you really engage your core. Do 20 reps before switching sides.

Lunge with a Twist

With bikini season coming up, you’ll want to do plenty of exercises that do double duty. This is another variation on the lunge that you should definitely ad to your workout routine. Place your hands behind your hand and lunge forward with your right leg (just do a regular lunge). While in the lunge position, twist your torso to the right. Make sure that you’re not just twisting with your shoulders. Try starting with 15 reps on each side.

Knee to Nose

According to Health magazine, this is one of Alicia Keys’ favorite ab exercises. Start in a plank pose (like you’re about to do a push-up). Round your back and bring your right knee to your nose. Now extend your right leg out so that’s parallel to the floor, and extend your left arm forward at the same time (it should also be parallel to the floor). Return to the plank position and repeat on the opposite side to complete one rep. Do 15 reps of this intense exercise.

To get the most out of these exercises, do three sets of each and mix them with a little cardio like jump roping.

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