Throw out those boring, stale crunches and mix up your ab routine with some of our experts’ favorite stomach tightening moves. Create your own routine by picking and choosing from the moves below, shooting for a 10 to 15-minute long session. Pair this with healthy eating, and all you need to see a real difference in your waistline are two to three sessions per week (on non-consecutive days). Vary it up: choose different moves each time you do your ab workout to keep things interesting and to continue challenging your core’s different muscles!
Begin by lying flat on your stomach on a mat. Get into position by placing your forearms on the mat and lifting up so that your shoulders are right over your elbows. Extend your legs out behind you and balance your weight on the backs of your forearms and the tips of your toes. Be sure to not arch your back or lift your hips too high from the mat—your body should maintain a straight line from your shoulders to your feet.
Certified personal trainer Kimberly Garrison recommends beginning by holding the position for at least 10 seconds and work your way up to 60 to 90 seconds. Repeat for three sets.
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