5 Simple Exercises To Tone Your Abs

5 Simple Exercises To Tone Your Abs 1

Looking to tone your abs? If yes, then you have come to the right place. Perhaps you’ve tried toning your abs in the past, incorporating all the techniques you know, but all to no avail. Maybe you’ve even indulged in some over-the-counter supplements and later realized it was all for nothing. No need to worry!

The good news is, there are certain specific exercises that can help you attain the perfect abs that you want. Even better, they are pretty much easy and can be done even at home. Read on to find out what these exercises are.

1. Banana Roll

How to do:

  1. Lie on your back with arms extended overhead, legs straight out.
  2. Lift into a hollow position — arms and legs lifted, lower back pressed into the ground, head in line with the arms.
  3. Engage your core and roll to your left using your abdominal muscles, not your hips. Roll until you’re on your stomach and are in a Superman flying position.
  4. Roll back the way you came. Now roll to the right onto your stomach and return to start again.

2. Barbell Hip Thrust

How to do:

  1. Start seated on the ground with a bench behind you and a loaded barbell over your hips.
  2. Your upper back and shoulders should be on the bench.
  3. Drive through your feet and extend your hips by contracting your glutes, raising the bar until your body forms a straight line from shoulders to knees.
  4. Return to the starting position and repeat.

3. Barbell Floor Wiper

How to do:

  1. Grab a barbell loaded with one 45-pound plate on each side.
  2. Get on your back and hold the bar directly over your chest with straight arms.
  3. Keep your feet together and legs straight as you bring both feet up to the left plate then return them to the floor.
  4. Next, bring your legs up to the right plate and return them to the floor.

4. Body Saw

How to do:

  1. Assume a forearm-plank position on a slick floor with a towel or slides under your toes.
  2. Slide your body forward and back slightly, by hinging at your elbows and shoulders, maintaining a rigid body line from head to heels throughout the move.

5. Cable Push-Pull

How to do:

  1. Stand in the center of a cable-cross setup, with the cables set just above waist height.
  2. Face one side of the cables, with your left leg in front of your right.
  3. Grab the cable in front of you with your left hand and grab the one behind you with your right and stand as if you’ve just thrown a punch with your left.
  4. Your right hand should be by your right hip, your left arm extended.
  5. Now push and pull simultaneously — pull your left arm toward your left hip as you punch your right arm forward.
  6. Return to start, repeat and then switch sides.

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