With summer comes weekend getaways and weeklong trips that will most likely have you kicking it in a bikini. I don’t know about you, but my weekends are packed with jaunts to my friends’ cottages, beach hangs, and even a trip to Vegas! For all of these fun excursions, plus the need to show off my recent bikini purchases, working to get sexy abs has been at the forefront of my mind at the gym.
It’s not that I want a chiseled six pack or anything like that, but a lean, toned stomach is ideal when you’re spending your days by the pool or ocean. Not to mention, working your abs has plenty of benefits. On top of making your rockin’ bod look even better, having a strong core improves your stability and balance, supports your spine to give you better posture, and even reduces your risk of injury and disease.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that when it comes to getting your dream body, it’s a mixture of consistent exercise and a healthy diet. By doing the exercises below and filling yourself with will feel-good food, you can without a doubt get the summer body you want! From the best Youtube tutorials for a tightened core, to insight on why different gym classes are great for your abs, these are all our sexy abs secrets!
1. Quick Sexy Stomach Slimming Abs Workout
A perfect ab workout to do in your bedroom or living room, this video by womensworkoutchannel consists of 6 exercises that will tighten your tummy, helping you achieve the body you desire. Do this workout everyday, especially when you can’t make it to the gym. It’s quick and you’ll feel so much better that you at least did something.
2. Take a spin class
You may think that spin classes only target your legs, and while they give your gams a killer workout, so much of cycling has to do with your core. For the entire class, you are engaging your abdominal muscles to keep your upper body stable and in line. I try to do at least one spin class a week and always notice how strong my core feels afterwards. Just because it’s not marketed as a core workout, doesn’t mean it’s not amazing for your abs!
3. 10 min Beginner Fast Belly Blaster: Abs-Toning Medicine Ball Workout
This Youtube tutorial by GymRa takes you through numerous abdominal exercises you can do with a medicine ball. Adding the extra weight really works and strengthens your core, and is sure to give you the abs you want! It’s just ten minutes, and it’s perfect for beginners, just make sure to follow the proper technique shown in the video. It’s a great workout to tag on at the end of your gym sesh, or to do at home if you only have a slice of time!
4. Sexy Abs In 3 Minutes
Sexy abs in 3 minutes? Count me in. This video by Danette May takes you through three moves that will trim your waistline and help you get the abs of your dreams. She recommends doing the routine three times a week for three weeks and see where it gets you! You’re sure to be impressed and see awesome results.
5. Core yoga
With poses like plank and boat pose, any yoga class is great for working your abs, but a core yoga class will take you one step further. In core yoga the focus is on poses and exercises that strengthen your stomach muscles. You will still be taken through a typical yoga sequence, but extra emphasis will be placed on your core, and you’ll probably have to do some crunches as well!
6. Ballet barre class
Have you ever noticed what amazing bodies ballerinas have? Barre training develops so much strength in every part of your body, especially your legs and core. You have two options here. You can take a ballet class at a dance studio to get a solid dose of core work, or take a barre class at a specialty studio like Barreworks. Your abs will get a serious workout no matter which one you choose.
7. How to Get a Flat and Sexy Stomach in Just 5 Mins! – Abs Like a Model
In this in-depth tutorial by fitness guru Joanna So, she shows you how to master ab-building exercises. She demonstrates and talks you through proper technique, so it’s suitable even for beginners. Don’t forget a killer playlist while you’re working your core so you can take your mind off the (good) pain! In the description section of the video she also answers FAQs, so be sure to check them out!
Whenever I think Pilates, I can’t help but picture a gym from the 80s filled with women in vibrant spandex workout clothes. But the truth is, Pilates is a killer workout, especially for your core. In Pilates, your core is called your “powerhouse”, and with exercises that emphasize abdominal work, doing Pilates is sure to make you look extra good this summer.
9. How to Do Planks Correctly
Planks are one of the best exercises you can do to strengthen your core. Natalie Jill Fitness uses this video to explain how to do planks correctly. She demonstrates proper plank technique and explains the importance of having a strong core over all. Remember, the plank shouldn’t hurt your arms or back, all the work should be centred!
10. Fit Ball Core Strength – Abs Workout
This 15 minute ab workout by eFit30 is intense, but if you’re up for it, the exercises will make a major difference in the appearance of your abs over time. I love using stability balls for ab workouts. I recently started doing this over the past year or so, and it has definitely made a big difference. If you’re just starting to work stability balls into your workout, be aware, you will feel the good kind of sore for a few days after!
Getting sexy abs doesn’t have to be an impossible feat. Try out these core workouts and you’ll look incredible all summer long!
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