4 BEST Ab Exercises to Get Your Body Beach-Ready NOW!

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Summer is officially here!!! With summer comes skimpy shorts, crop tops, and of course slinky bikinis. If you’re thinking, “Ahh I’m nowhere near ready to show off this belly!” don’t stress; I’ve got you covered! In this video I breakdown 4 of my BEST ab exercises that require minimal to no equipment to help you get the tight stomach and chiseled abs you proudly want to show off. To boot, these exercises can be done from anywhere in less than 10 minutes. No gym or weights are required. However, if you do have access to weights or a medicine ball, they will increase each exercises intensity. 

Before you dive into the video, check out a full description of each exercise with my recommended amount of sets and reps below:

1. Russian Twists- Using a 10-20 pound weight sit on your butt and lift your legs into the air in a bent position. This is called “boat pose”. Actively engage your abs while in this position (this is called an ab lock). With the weight in your hands, twist and tap the weight from right to left, looking in the direction you are moving while keeping your legs lifted. If you are not using a weight, move your hands from side to side instead.

Sets and Reps- Complete 2 sets of 60 reps. Each twist counts as 1 rep.

*MODIFICATION*- Place your legs on the ground while maintaining an ab lock and perform the exercise as explained above. Can also reduce the reps to 30 per set.

2. Weighted Crunch- Using a 10-20 pound weight or medicine ball, lay flat on your back with your knees bent. Your heels should be close enough to be able to touch with your fingertips. Place the weight or ball over your head, keeping your lower back flat against the floor. Crunch up bringing the weight up the ceiling with straight arms (It will seem like you are punching the ceiling). Keep your feet planted into the ground as you crunch up because they will naturally want to lift.

Sets and Reps- Complete 2 sets of 15-20 reps.  

*MODIFICATION*- Reduce the weight or use no weight. Can also reduce reps to 10-15 per set.

3. Leg Raises- Lying flat on your back place your hands beneath your lower back, making sure your lower back is flat and your shoulder blades are pressed into the ground. Extend your legs straight, hovering 1 inch from the ground. Lift your legs up to a 90-degree angle, then lift your butt off the ground 1-2 inches. Extend your legs back down 1 inch from the mat. Throughout this exercise make sure your lower back stays planted into the ground.

Sets and Reps-  Complete 2 sets of 20 reps.

*MODIFICATION*- If your lower back starts to lift off the ground when performing this exercise, do not lower your legs past this point. Reduce the angle as much as you need to ensure your lower back stays planted throughout the exercise. Bending your knees is another modification for this exercise, as well as reducing your reps to 10-15 per set.  

4. Criss-Cross Toe Touches- Lying flat on your back, extend your legs up to a 90-degree angle. Extend your arms straight up towards your feet. Lift your shoulder blades off the ground and reach across your body towards the outside of your opposite foot. Lift and reach alternating sides (criss-cross), keeping your shoulder blades off the mat throughout the exercise.

Sets and Reps- Complete 2 sets of 15-20 reps.

*MODIFICATION*- Bend your knees instead of keeping your legs straight. You can also reach for your opposite shin instead of your foot.


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