These tummy toning exercises are the best around for giving you a cut midsection. Just work these 5 into your regular workouts!
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However, you should know that ab exercises alone won't give you a six pack stomach. You have to do other exercises, like weight training and/or cardio to burn off any fat you have on your stomach.
A good, healthy diet is essential for looking and feeling your best. But when you've got food and cardio taken care of, then it's time tummy toning exercises to give your the a great stomach.
These exercises are the ones that I've found work best. They develop ab and core strength, but more important than any one exercise is your bull-headed determination to exercise.
Regular workouts will really tone your tummy and make it look better, but you're the only one who can make that decision.
These are like typical abdominal crunches, but they work your obliques. Great for working on the sides of your abs.
You can also do this one straight down you body to target the rectus abdominis muscle. That's your 'six pack' muscle group that runs down the center of your stomach.
Knee and leg raises are versatile tummy toning exercises. They can be made easier or harder by merely retracting or extending your legs - try 'em!
That's one repetition.
For leg raises, hold your legs tight together and flex them at the hip and lower abs as high as possible.
This exercise targets your lower abs, near your hips. It's especially useful if you're trying to get 8 pack abs, since those last 2 rectus abdominis muscles are the ones you need to get ripped for an 8 pack.
That'll really give you lower abs a burn!
This is a great upper back exercise as well as one for your core and abs. Choose light dumbbells to start out, so you don't hurt yourself.
Of these tummy toning exercises, several trains you to stabilize your core. Use is as an upper body and core exercise.
These twin exercises can be done with or without weight. You can also do them straight or alternating sides to work on any part of your abs.
You can also hold onto weight plates or dumbbells if you need to make this a more difficult exercise. Intense movements, and probably the most adaptable of all these tummy toning exercises.
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