Fitness

Workout for Sleeker and Stronger Abs

The abdomen has two sets of muscles – the rectus abdominis and the obliques, which work in coordination to provide better movement and shape to the abs. Here is a quick look at some of the effective exercises that lend you those killer abs:

1. Crunches

This exercise is beneficial for your upper abdomen. Lay on the floor with your hands behind your head. Bend your knees with your feet on the floor. Then lift your shoulders and upper back up without straining your spine. Exhale as you come up as far as you can, hold for a second, then inhale as you return to the starting position. Repeat 15-25 times.

2. Crunch And Twist

This exercise works the oblique muscles. Start with the same position as doing crunches but this time raise yourself up slowly then twist your body from the waist. Try to touch your left knee with your right elbow, now revert to the original position. Next time do the opposite side and try to touch your right knee with your left elbow. Do 10 to 12 reps

3. Leg Drop

Lie on the floor stretching your legs at 90 degrees with your hips. Now slowly lower your legs without hitting the floor, keeping your back intact with the ground. Then raise your legs to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

4. Pike and Extend

Lie on the floor with your legs extended over your hips. Then crunch pulling your hands towards your feet. Then bring your arms back overhead while at the same time you lower your left leg towards the floor. Then crunch up again while your hands reach your feet. Then again bring your arms back overhead, lower your right leg towards the floor, as your bring your hands overhead. Repeat 20 times alternating sides.

5. Plank