Best abs exercises?

(7 Posts)
NotConnie Sun 21-Apr-13 10:37:10

I can't do planks as I'm very unfit. I've been doing crunches but need something to target the lower abs area, ie between belly button and pubic bone.

HeySoulSister Sun 21-Apr-13 11:51:22

no such thing as can't NotConnie

you can start on just 10 secs and build up

BambieO Sun 21-Apr-13 12:00:24

The exercise where you lie flat in your back and then raise your legs straight up (so you are at a right angle) and then lower slowly just above the floor and raise again, lower raise lower raise (you get my drift) is really good.

Make sure you keep your arms by your sides and control the movement. It does hurt after a while but pain is gain!

CatOfTheDay Sun 21-Apr-13 15:53:44

Another good lower core one is to lie on your back with your legs up and your knees bent so your lower legs are parallel with the floor (the "table top position") - then slowly lower each leg in turn and tap your heel on the floor.

Like this

I struggle with leg lifts and this one works better for me! Keep working at the plank though, and you'll find you can gradually hold it for longer the more you try.

Plathism Mon 22-Apr-13 16:55:59

Do this! Jillian Michaels 6 week six pack I did it yesterday - best ab workout ever, not that many planks but you can work your way up to them or leave them out at first.

KatoPotato Mon 22-Apr-13 16:58:21

I used to be unable to plank at all and now I can for 6 minutes.

Catofthedays description is perfect. I add in a weighted (5kg) plate and do crunches up and alternate toe taps and crunches.

Lottapianos Mon 22-Apr-13 16:59:51

I got a fabulous DVD called 'Blast Off Belly Fat' -it's from the 10 Minute Solutions range. Even when I was running 3 miles 3 times a week, my gut didn't shift but this has made my abs so much stronger and flatter. There 5 different workouts, each are 10 minutes long, you do as many or as few as you want. I do 10-20 minutes about 4 times a week. I could notice a difference after about a week. Just do as much as you can.

I used to struggle to hold a plank for 3 seconds, now I'm working towards 60 seconds! They really work.

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