Sometimes, you workout different exercises to lose weight. Well, a workout doesn’t really tone your abs if you don’t do specific exercises that will target this group of muscles. Thus, it is very important to consider exercises that will be intensively applied to specific areas. Now, I wanted to be ready for the summer to wear a beautiful swimsuit. For this, I really needed a flat stomach, don’t we all? Hence, I decided to focus solely on my abs with specific exercises to help me achieve the goal. If you have the same struggle, keep reading and see my 6-minutes intense abs workout to sculpt your flat stomach.
Now, remember, I said this is an intense workout which means it is best if you do these exercises after a cardio or jogging. You also need to do some stretches. Without further ado, let’s get into it! The summer is coming sooner than ever!
1. Crunch chop exercise
This first exercise will ease the way for the other, that is why I decided to start with it.
Now, you can begin this by lying with your face up and the legs extended at 90 degrees, arms overhead, hands clasped together. This is the position where you should contract the abdominal muscles because the pain is coming. With a deep breath in, lift your head and shoulders off the floor and open your legs into a straddle position, as you exhale. Then, you will ‘chop’ your arms through your legs. Inhale and return back to your starting position.
As you will notice, this exercise is incredibly intense; thus, do as many reps as you can in a row for two minutes. I like this workout for a flat stomach because not only it will work for your abdominal wall but also it helps target your inner thighs. And those will also need to look good in a swimsuit, isn’t it?
2. Seated bicycle twist exercise
After you warmed up a little bit more, this next exercise will heat up things a bit. Now, begin by sitting with knees bent and lifted into your chest. This step is important because you need to be able to balance yourself while doing the workout. Now, clasp your hands behind your head and, while leaning back slightly with your torso, extend your right leg out straight and turn your right shoulder towards your left knee. Remember, you need to keep your elbows out to the sides as you twist. Then, return to the center, and work on the other side.
Again, because it gets even more intense, do as many reps as you can in a row for two minutes, alternating sides each time. With this exercise, you’ll be working your obliques and you will feel the burn in your hip flexors and thighs too.
3. Three-way plank exercise
This is the final and the top of this intense workout. Start in an elbow plank position with palms down and abs braced in tight; then slowly turn your toes, knees, and hips to the left as you reach your left arm up to the ceiling and stack your left foot on top of your right in a side plank on your elbow. Slowly lower back to your starting plank and then repeat to the right side.
For this one, consider going even further and faster, by doing as many reps as you can in a row without letting your hips sag for two minutes. Moving from side to side during this plank set will not only get you that flat stomach, but it will also help elevate your heart rate too.