Ab & Oblique Exercises to Get Smart Body
This Flat Belly Workout consists of a wide variety of core moves to help you get a washboard stomach quickly. It doesn’t need any equipment to do this routine.
1. Side Hip Raises
You will feel these oblique exercises along the sides of your body, from about the middle of your ribcage to your hip bone. You can make this one harder by doing the raises from your stacked feet, instead of your knees. Keep a straight line in your body, from shoulder to knees/feet (if you choose to do the harder version).
2. W Leg Kicks
This move is great for toning both thighs and lower abdominals. Lie with your back up with your legs extended and use your feet to draw a ‘W’ shape.
3. Plank Knee Tucks
This is truly a total body exercise. Your transverse abdominals will be engaged, your upper body and shoulders must work to provide you stability. Your obliques are especially taxed when you rotate your body and bring your knee up to your opposite elbow.
4. Windmill Jackknife Crunches
Both upper and lower abdominals are engaged for this exercise, and your thighs are also toned. Focus on keeping your core tight the entire time, not relaxing completely until your last repetition.
5. Crab Kicks
The lower back, glutes, obliques, hamstrings, and shoulders are used in this movement. Just keep in mind that you need to be in control of your body’s motions. No need to use momentum.
6. Toe Touch Crunches
This is a very simple but effective movement that targets the abdominal panel, hip flexors, and hamstrings. You can make it harder by holding onto weight as you reach upward, make it easier by bending your legs at the knees as you crunch skyward.
7. Oblique Crunches
Make this movement by resting your one foot on the opposite thigh & exhausting one side of the body at a time. Make sure that you really thoroughly burn out oblique muscles.
Planks are another exercise that is the notoriously total body. Such movements also work to engage the transverse abdominals, the deepest of the abdominal muscles.