Crunch, twist and tap your way to a flatter stomach with our top 6 ab moves. Tried and tested, these exercises will target your core and reduce belly fat. Fast. Yes, they can be brutal. But we’re big believers of no pain, no gain. Do each exercise for 40 seconds, then 20 seconds rest – complete the circuit three times.
Choose a gym, hit play on the bangers – let’s go.
Russian twists – a killer for the core
Sit on the floor, your knees bent and feet firmly on the ground. Lean back to make your body at a 45-degree angle to the floor. Keep your back straight, people. No slouching!
Pick up your medicine ball. Or not, it’s up to you. Rotate your arms all the way to one side and do the same in the other direction. As you do this repeatedly, keep your feet elevated slightly (that’s the killer bit).
Commando plans: get your arms involved in the workout
Begin in a plank position with your arms straight. Think ironing board. Come down onto your right forearm, followed by your left. Then lift your body by straightening your right arm, followed by your left.
bicycle crunches: no resting on this one
Lie down on your back, your legs outstretched, your hands behind your head. Simultaneously bend your left knee in towards your chest and bring your right elbow forward to meet your knee. Both shoulder blades should rise as you do this and keep your opposite leg straight.
Repeat on the other side. You’ll be tempted to rest your shoulder blades on the floor between each crunch… Don’t give into it.
Toe taps: this one hurts, just warning ya’ll
Lie on your back and lift your legs up, your toes reaching towards the ceiling. Straighten your arms overhead and use them (and your core) to power you up. Touch your toes, lifting your upper back off the floor, then lay back down.
side planks: love your obliques!
Start on your left-hand side, resting on your left forearm with your entire body straight. Lift up your body by straightening your left arm and extend your right arm towards the ceiling. Repeat on the right-hand side.
leg raises: a flat stomach staple
Lie on your back with your legs outstretched and your arms by your side. Lift up both legs to a 90-degree angle and lower so that they’re almost touching the floor. Repeat lifting them, taking care that your lower back remains flat.
Max out this move by holding a weight overhead. As you raise your legs up, raise your arms and the weight to meet them.