Workout Series: Abs


I can only speak for myself, but I know there is no worse feeling than that of being bloated or flabby. When I skip the gym for a while, and carb-binge, I notice the difference in my stomach right away. My stomach fluctuates, depending on how much cheese and bread I’m eating.

The best part about abs is that you can use them to trick people. If your stomach is ripped, you can have thicker thighs or arms and get away with it. Its almost as though the eyes go straight to the abs. Work on your abs, and the rest will follow!

Like with anything in life, you have to be consistent. Consistency is key. You can’t do one intense ab class and expect to see a difference. Especially if you aren’t watching what you eat.

Exercise should be a routine, and second nature. Abs are an exceptionally easy exercise because you don’t need equipment or a gym. You can squeeze in crunches anywhere. Take 10 minutes from your day to lay on the floor and do these basic exercises that will keep your stomach looking the way you want it to.

Bicycle Crunches

Reps: 1 minute

Tip: Keep your core tight as you touch your elbows to your knee. Look in the direction that you are going, and make sure your head follows.

Russian Twists

Weight: 10 lbs

Reps: 4 sets of 20

Tip: This is the best exercise for achieving a smaller waist. This sucks in your obliques and gives you an hour glass shape.

Leg Kicks

Weight: 10 lbs

Rep: 50 (25 each leg)

Tip: This directly targets the lower abs, which is the hardest place to tone. It is important that you keep your core strong while lowering each leg. Use the weight for balance and for an extra challenge.


Reps: 50 (25 each leg)

Tip: Place your hands under your butt cheeks to support your lower back. Use your core for stability. This will burn quickly, but I promise you, it will suck away your lower tummy fat.

Hand-to-shin Sit Up

Rebs: 3 sets of 12

Tip: Don’t cheat yourself. Make sure you make it all the way to your shin, and back.

Combining crunches & bicycle crunches

Reps: 3 sets of 10 (15 each side)

Tip: This is a combination of 2 very basic ab workouts that will make you want to cry. The name of the game is to do simple, but efficient work.

Videos by Aaron Woolf Haxton

Makeup by Susie K

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