Have you ever felt like you are too embarrassed to wear a swimsuit on the beach in summer? Do you hate summer because it is all about revealing clothes and you do not like showing off your big tummy? Does seeing models with perfect bodies in TV commercials make you feel insecure? Well, if the answer to any of those questions, or both, is yes, then it seems like it is time for you to start taking action, so you can enjoy summer instead of trying to hide your body.
We surely know that “Beauty Starts from Within” and although it may sound like a cliché for most of the people, let us admit that, it is just plainly true, for real beauty means that being a kind-hearted person is actually more important than having a pretty face. Well, it may be really important to start being beautiful on the inside, but that does not mean it is going to be fun if beauty ends there and summer is right around the corner. Of course, everyone is beautiful and people should accept themselves and deserve to be accepted just the way they are; however, taking care of your outer appearance is quite important too and not because you have to look pretty for everyone else, but because being pretty as well as in shape will drastically boost your self-esteem and make you feel much better about yourself.
Losing weight seems like an impossible achievement for most of people, especially those who think that losing excess fat means starving yourself because that is not how it works. You just need to eat right and do some exercises that will help you burn more calories. On the other hand, having a flat stomach seems to be every man and woman’s dream and, luckily, it is not as hard as most people may think and it doesn’t require training for insanely long periods. Anyways, if you wish to have a sexy flat stomach in a short time; check out these top 10 easiest ab workouts that will grant you fast results.
10 Spiderman Plank Crunch
Some of the interested ladies out there may freak out because of the name of the exercise. Starting an exercise name of Spiderman may make you feel like it requires a high level of fitness, but that is not true at all; you can perform this exercise no matter what your fitness level is, you don’t really have to be Spiderman. Besides, this exercise doesn’t require any equipment and it gets your entire core engaged, working all of the muscles of your abdominal area at the same time as well as your lower back.
How to do it? This exercise is performed by starting in a traditional plank position in which your place your forearms on the floor and straighten your body. Once your plank position is mastered, bring your right knee towards your right elbow then get back into the plank position then do the same with your left side; bring your left knee toward your left elbow.
9 Stability Ball Knee Tucks
The only equipment that you need in order to perform this exercise is a stability ball. Fitness experts claim that using this ball while exercising is deemed to be much better than exercising on the ground, for it doesn’t put too much stress on your back or spine, making the exercise easier and much safer. Well, doing a stability ball knee tucks is one of the most effective workouts for your abdomen, for it engages several muscles while being performed; above and beyond, it is a fun exercise that you will definitely enjoy doing.
How to do it? Place your hands firmly on the ground while placing your knees on the center of the ball, so you are in a tilted plank position where you keep the following three regions lined up: your shoulders, head, and butt. Now, bring your knees forward using the muscles of your abs and hip flexors and stay at that position for a few seconds before you return to your starting position, but remember to return slowly, so you get your muscles activated. Repeat the same exercise for up to 15 reps.
8 Russian Twists
Russian Twist is known to be an effective exercise for sculpting your entire core since it is deemed to be very challenging. When you start performing this exercise for the first time, you may feel overwhelmed, but don’t let despair stop you there because you can easily master this move if you just have enough persistence. Having equipment while performing this exercise is a matter of choice, but it is preferable that you either hold dumbbells or a medicine ball in your hands.
How to do it? Sit on the floor and cross your lower legs while keeping them lifted and form a V-shape with your upper torso and your thighs. Hold your dumbbell or medicine ball, whatever you get to choose, with your both hands and start twisting your body from left to right and do the same on the other side. Remember to get back into the starting position between each twist and keep on maintaining the V-shape.
7 Cable Rotation
Cable Rotation has quite a similar effect of the Russian twists; however, this one requires equipment which is, pretty obvious, a cable. Fitness experts claim that the Cable Rotation is a perfect exercise for all of those who do racquet sports because the movements in which you perform the exercise is quite similar to the movements done during performing your sport whether it is golf, tennis, or baseball.
How to do it? Hold a cable with your both hands stretched out just below your shoulder level and remember to keep the muscles of your abs engaged. Once your stand is fixed, start rotating your upper body to the right; get back to the center, then rotate to the left. Completing a semi-circle is a whole rep, so keep try to complete at least 10 reps.
6 Forearm Plank
You may have expected to find this exercise on the list and here we are meeting your expectations. We have previously mentioned several exercises that involve getting into the plank position, but this time it is all about the plank itself and, come one, we all know that it works greatly to your core and overall muscles despite how painful they can be at first. Not only that the planks can grant you a beautiful flat stomach, but it also works on strengthening your entire core muscles, so you are at fewer risks of getting your back injured.
How to do it? You may be familiar with how to perform this exercise, but in order to avoid injury and unfortunate incidents, let us explain it in detail for your own safety. Get on your knees, starting a pushup position, but rest your body weight on your forearms instead of your hands. Make sure that your butt, shoulder, and head are all aligned together, engage your core muscles by tightening your abs, and stay still for as long as you can. You better keep a stopwatch, so you can keep track of your time and see how progressive you are getting.
5 Bridge Opposite Arm-Leg Reach
The Bridge Opposite Arm-Leg Reach may feel a bit challenging at first, but it is truly fun for everyone out there and we promise that it is very effective in granting you the flat stomach of your dreams, so don’t give in too soon.
How to do it? Lie on your back while bending your right knee with your foot flat on the floor and have the other leg extended up toward the ceiling. Do the same with your hands; reach out to the ceiling with your right arm while keeping the other one down by your side. Keep your shoulders still and engage your abs throughout the exercise. Open your raised leg to the left and the arm to the right then return both of them to the center before you switch sides.
4 Bicycle Crunch
We know that crunches aren’t anyone’s favorite exercises, but if you are willing to get those flat abs and sculpted six-packs, you need to give the Bicycle Crunch before you judge it based on its movement.
How to do it? Place your hands behind your head while lying on your back and bent your legs while having them raised. Bring your right elbow towards your left knee then your left elbow towards your right knee. Try to hold your crunch for a few seconds before switching to the other side.
Since we have previously mentioned Spiderman, it is time to give some credit to the female superheroes and name this exercise accordingly, but, as a man, you can still perform this exercise and it doesn’t require any equipment; just a floor to lie on.
How to do it? Lie on your stomach and get your feet and arms stretched out as if you are in a failing attempt to fly. Make sure your thighs and chest get off of the ground at the same time and hold this position for a few seconds then repeat.
2 Shoulder and Knee Taps
If the efficiency of a workout is measured by the number of muscles that get involved, then the shoulder and knee taps should be the winner of the most efficient workout prize. Why? Because it works the muscles of the lower back, arms, abs, and obliques all at once. So, we hope you are ready for that since summer is around the corner.
How to do it? Start in a pushup position. Starting with shoulder taps, lift one of your hands and tap the opposite shoulder; return to the floor, then switch to the other side. Now, bend one of your knees and bring close to the opposite elbow; return to the start, then switch sides. Try to do this sequence for a whole minute or practice until you reach that point.
1 Swiss-Ball Rollout
Since stability balls are deemed to be fun for almost everyone, we are adding one more exercise on this list that involves playing around with them and it is the Swiss-Ball Rollout; the perfect workout to work your abs muscles without the fear of getting injured.
How to do it? Get a Swiss stability ball and kneel on a mat before it; place your hands on the ball and keep your back straight. Roll the ball as far as you can and slowly pull it back towards you, getting back into the starting position. Repeat several rollouts and remember to keep your abs engaged during the workout.
Nothing is really better than having fun while working out and those exercises can grant you both; having fun and flat stomach. Ditch your couch and start working out right away, so you can get to meet your abs before summer strikes in.