You have the suit, the suntan oils, and what next? How about a perfect summer body to pair with that sexy two-piece suit. The abdomen can be a difficult place to strengthen for many women due to the different sections. Washboard abs, free of any fat deposits and chances of muffins tops do not merely add to good looks, but are also healthy. I have made simple workouts that can help with the upper abs, lower abs, and those love-handles! For a more advanced outlook on each workout, add either a weight or do more slower reps. Let’s begin!
For each workout, you should do 15 reps and 2-3 sets each. You can add more reps for a stronger workout. Starting at the top is the Bicycle Crunch. Lifting your shoulders off the ground is key for a hard crunch. When pulling your elbow to your knee, try and hold it for a few seconds and make sure you are not just turning your neck into your knee. Next, is the Straight Lift and works on upper abs. Start with lifting your legs up straight and your back down flat. Reach up to your toes and then lower the back to the floor. Following this workout with the Lower Ab Roll. To begin, lay on your back with legs parallel to the floor and hands either under your booty or by your side. Slowly lift up legs and slowly bring them down to starting position. For a more advanced move, try lifting booty and legs into air then returning to starting position.
The next set should be done with the same 15 reps and 2-3 sets each. The first workout is the dreaded Plank. In the picture it shows the two ways it can be accomplished. For beginners, I would suggest keeping the arms flexed, but for more advanced it is best to keep the elbows on the ground. Having a flat back and shoulders lined up with elbows will make you feel the burn. Hold each pose for 15-30 seconds. The final exercise is an updated Mountain Climber. Start in a beginner’s plank and crunch leg to elbow as the arms bend for more support. Keep abdomen area tight for each exercise.
These workouts can be done on a home floor, gym, or even on a bed. I recommend having either a yoga mat, carpet, or blanket under you as you complete the workouts since you will the laying on the floor. My favorite website for abdomen exercises can be found here. Good luck!