There is a myriad of different ways to achieve the flat tummy we all desire. Thanks to lucky genes, some of us get there much quicker than the rest, a reality that can make the rest of us a bit disillusioned with the notion of doing crunches morning and night. But this is no reason to give up. Consistency is key. And of course, the right exercises. Try a few of these old tricks in a new way at your Zone club when you find yourself ready to tackle the tummy.
Most of us who find ourselves on the journey to attain a perfect six-pack are familiar with the plank. Turn it up a notch by trying it’s harder sibling, the side plank. This exercise is great for your core and engages your hip abductors and glutes. It can also be a good way to put your stability and coordination to the test. You might need a soft mat for this one!
- Lie on your side with your elbow positioned directly under your shoulder and forearm placed flat on the ground.
- Pull your abs tight and lift your bottom hip off the ground while ensuring you’re maintaining a straight line between your shoulders and feet.
- In a controlled motion, lift your leg as high as your body will allow, creating a ‘V’ with your legs. Hold this position for a moment and return your leg to the starting position.
- When lifting your leg, keep your foot flexed and torso stable without bending at the knees. Start with 10 reps a leg for 4 sets each.
The next one might seem confusing. The way to a flat stomach is also through lunges! It’s not only great for your quads, glutes and calves but also your core. By holding a weight plate above your head will make this leg exercise more challenging, but it also forces you to really activate your core for balance so that you don’t fall over.
For any beginner, the next exercise might be a worst nightmare, but hang in there. The push-up is also a way to strengthen your core and not only your pecs and triceps. By keeping a straight line from head to toe, your core already acts as a stabilizer. But if you want to make this more challenging, simply raise one leg off the ground, finish your reps, then switch sides. By doing a single-legged push-up, your core is required to work harder so that one side of your body isn’t higher than the rest.