3 Simple Exercises to Get Tighter Abs


Swimsuit season is quickly approaching, and after the holidays, your tummy might not be as toned as you’d like when you slip into your bikini. Don’t let summer creep up on you before you’re ready for it – try these three easy exercises to get fit, tight abs and look absolutely stunning when you don your swimsuit, even for the first time.

Planking In Reverse

Almost every woman has difficulty getting their lower tummy toned – the muscles there are just so difficult to isolate during exercise. This easy exercise allows you to target the “pooch” that ladies tend to have (especially those who have had babies) and tighten it up.

Simply lay flat, with your back on the floor and your arms behind your head. Lift your shoulders off the floor, stretch your legs out, and lift your ankles a few inches off the floor. Hold for about ten seconds (or as long as you can), release and repeat.

“There’s No Place Like Home”

This exercise is super simple to do, because you’re basic ally in the same position you were in the first exercise. However, with your ankles and shoulders still lifted off the floor, open your legs about 12 inches and then bring your heels together as though you were “clicking” your heels. Do several repetitions without lowering your ankles back to the floor.

The Crossover Crunch

This also requires you to be in the same position, so you can get these ab exercises done quickly, without changing positions all over your mat. Cross your ankles, keeping them lifted off the floor, and bring your shoulders up off the floor again. Hold this position for several seconds while you tighten and squeeze all of your muscles, especially your abs and inner thighs. Release, and repeat.

When you’re short on time and need to get your ab exercises in, this is a great routine to do. You just need a flat surface, so you don’t even have to go to the gym – try it in your office on your lunch break or in your living room before you go to work in the morning. After a couple of weeks of doing these exercises regularly, you’ll notice that your abs are tighter, more toned and bikini ready!

Committed to your best abs,

Stacy Papakostas

NYC Adventure Boot Camp for Women

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