Small Space Shape Up: Abs

Now that the warm weather is finally here, it has never been a better time to start a new fitness plan! If you’re ready to put on a bikini this summer, you’ll need to work those abs. There’s no need to pay for a gym membership when there are so many effective moves to do at home. Having limited space is no excuse. Here are 10 exercises that take almost no space. So clear out a closet, push your desk chair to the side, or sit on your bed, and get ready to work your abs to get that six pack!

Move #1: Plank

With the body elongated, core tight, and legs extended, lift up onto the toes, with either the forearms (for beginners) or the palms (advanced) under the shoulders. Hold for one minute.

Move #2: Advanced Plank

Get into regular plank position. Then, lift your left hand and your right leg, extending into the air. Hold for three seconds, and release. Repeat with the right hand and the left leg. Do 10 each side.

Move #3: Leg Raises

Lying on your back, lift both legs straight into the air above the hips. Slowly lower the legs to the ground (or as far as possible), then lift them back to starting position. Repeat 15 times.

Move #4: Russian Twists

Start sitting with legs bent in front of you. Lift your heels off the floor, keeping the torso upright. Hold hands together and tap the floor to the right, then to the left, twisting as far as you can. Repeat 20 times, keeping the feet off the ground.

Move #5: Side Plank

Begin lying on your right side. Lift onto your right palm and right foot, and extend the left arm into the air. Hold for one minute; repeat on the left side.

Move #6: Single Leg Jack Knives

Start lying on your back with legs straight out. Slowly lift your left leg up while reaching the right arm to the toes. Repeat with the right leg and left arm. Do 10 each side.

Move #7: Toe Touches

Lying on your back, lift your legs into the air at a 90 degree angle. Crunch up, and touch your fingers to your toes, then release. Repeat 20 times.

Move #8: Spider-Mans

Begin in a plank position on the palms. Bring your left knee to your left elbow; then return to starting position. Repeat the move, bringing the right knee to the right elbow. Do 10 each side.

Move #9: V-Sit Ups

Start lying flat on your back with legs fully extended. Simultaneously, bring the torso and legs off the ground, holding at a 45 degree angle. Then, return to starting position. Repeat 10 times.

Move #10: Bicycle Crunch

Lie on the back with hands behind the head. Crunch up, bringing the left shoulder to the right knee. Keep the shoulders and upper back off the ground. Keep the left leg extended, but lifted off the floor. Repeat, bringing the right shoulder to the left knee. Do 10 each side.


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