Nora Tobin is a nutrition specialist, editor for Shape and Sports Illustrated magazines and fitness consultant for Four Seasons Hotels.
The Ultimate Abs Program
Turn heads with your sexy midriff! This ultimate abs program will help you shed weight, burn fat and look your very best. The program focuses on essential abdominal exercises and crucial nutritional substitutions to fulfill your goals. Added bonus—it does not require significant time in the gym or kitchen. You can incorporate this routine anywhere, anytime!
Swap those endless crunches for movements that work the entire core. It’s important not only to train the rectus abdominus to get that definition we all love but also to activate the transverse abdominus, which flattens everything out. These moves challenge the core in different planes of motion, giving you a nice flat stomach, hourglass figure and shredded core. Have fun!
Straight-Arm Plank with Arm Raise
Flatten everything out
Step 1: Come into a straight-arm plank with wrists under shoulders and feet slightly wider than hip-width. Keeping hips level, lift right arm up to shoulder height. Extend arm straight out in front of you.
Step 2: Return back to center and switch sides. Maintain a straight spine and engage the legs to support the body. Perform 10 reps on each side.
Score major definition
Step 1: Come into a straight-arm plank with wrists under shoulders. Drop down onto knees while maintaining a straight spine.
Step 2: Lower chest toward the floor, keeping elbows close to your side. Hold five to 10 seconds. Press all the way back to starting position. Repeat the movement five more times.
Side Plank with Knee to Chest
Get an hourglass figure
Step 1: Come into a side plank, your forearm parallel with the front of the mat, feet stacked and hips high. Form a straight line from head to heels. If you are just beginning, start with the bottom knee resting on the floor and hold for 30 seconds on each side.
Step 2: If you are ready to take it to the next level, draw your top leg in toward your chest. Return to starting position, with feet stacked. Maintain a straight spine and still torso throughout the entire movement. Perform 10 reps on each side.
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