Carve Crucial Core Muscles
Intense Ab Workout
The Exercise: Diamond Back
People forget that to have amazing abs, you need to have a strong back. This move is deceiving. It doesn't look nearly as challenging as it is. First, lie face down on the floor. Then, squeeze your glutes so that your legs lift slightly off of the floor. Raise your chest and extend your arms out in front of you, off of the floor. Keeping your chest lifted, draw one elbow toward your back. Alternate arms.
The Muscle: Rectus Abdominis
When most women say "abs," they're talking about the rectus abdominis. It's a long paired muscle that, thanks to connective tissue, gives abs their six-pack look. Plus, it works to help your torso bend forward, which is pretty important if you want to get out of bed or bend down to pick up anything. Ever.
The Exercise: Low Plank Oblique Knee Lift If you thought side planks were hard, get ready. To perform this variation, first get into a side plank, balancing on one of your forearms, your shoulder directly above your elbow. Hold your other hand at chest height. Raise your top knee toward your chest until it taps your hand, then lower it back down.
The Muscle: Internal Obliques
The Exercise: Ab Sprint
Extend one leg out in front of you and bend your other knee toward your chest. Switch your legs back and forth while pumping your arms like you're running.
The Exercise: Drum V
There's something about pounding your fists against your stomach that is so primal and just makes you dig deeper in every sense of the word. Extend your legs out in front of you and raise them up until your entire body forms a V. Take your fists and bang them (not too hard!) against your abs while maintaining the V shape.
The Exercise: Alternating Plank Balance
This move is so hard and never stops challenging me. My goal is to limit how much I wobble and then I know I am really working that core. To perform it, first get into a high plank. Extend your right arm in front of you and your left leg behind you at the same time. Pause, keeping your hips square to the ground. Then switch to the other side.