Top 5 Core Workouts to Get That Flat Stomach
The new year is finally here and with it have come lots of new year’s resolutions, most of said resolutions will consist of losing weight and getting that perfect beach body. For that very reason, many people will hit the gym this year and while most won’t keep up the routine, they still need that body. Perhaps it’s the boring prospect of doing the same exercise everyday or perhaps people have trouble sticking with the routine, they wont be able to continue. In case you’re looking to lose some weight and get that flat stomach for the summer, here are our top 5 core workouts to get that flat stomach:
The tried and tested exercise is pretty much the first exercise that pops up when you ask for a core workout. Working your inner abdominal muscles, this not only tones your stomach but also gives you a six pack. Lie down on the ground, put your hands underneath your head and bring your legs towards your body and put your feet on the ground; use your abdominal muscles to bring your upper body towards your middle and make sure your core is squeezed nice and tight. Release slowly, and repeat for 10 reps in sets of 3.
This is a compound exercise that works multiple muscle groups at once, including your core. The only way you’ll lose fat is to lose it all over your body and the best way to do that is to control your diet and do full body workouts. This exercise works great for that, targeting your hamstrings, lower back, glutes, calves and core.
Undoubtedly the king of all exercises, the deadlift hits your posterior like a bolt of lightning. The deadlift utilizes muscles from head to toe to do it properly, and core muscles are used that make sure that everything is done correctly and your form is correct. There are a few variations though, but the basic concept is lifting a weighted barbell off the ground to your hips and then back to the ground. Your legs, butt, lower back, core and shoulders are worked mainly.
Hanging leg raises:
Exactly what it sounds like, hang from a pull-up bar and bring your legs up together towards your middle and release back down. Like the crunch, but works your lower core muscles; for an added variation crunch your legs together and twist them to the side and then bring them up to work your obliques as well, that works towards making your love handles go away.
The ultimate core workout, that builds stability and strength and most importantly flattens it. Get into the pushup position and bend your elbows, and stand on your forearms instead of your hands. When you do so, make sure your body forms a straight line from top to bottom and brace your core. Keep this position for 30 seconds while breathing deeply. This is one of the most intense core workouts you can get and will give you a flat stomach in no time.