We have created crunch-free workout to uncover and tone your abs. Do the routine three times a week, and you’ll see results in about 12 weeks. You’ll need a pair of 2-pound weights or a 2-pound soft exercise ball.
STANDING OVERHEAD PRESS
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a weighted ball or dumbbell with both hands. Pull abs in tight, then lift arms straight overhead, as shown, actively reaching up as high as you can for 10 counts. Lower arms; repeat five times.
Lie on your back with knees bent, and press the ball or a weight to the ceiling while pulling abs in. Slowly lift right leg, with knee still bent, until leg is perpendicular to your body, as shown. Keeping abs tight, lower your right foot to the floor as you simultaneously lift your left leg. Do two sets of 10 reps.
LYING BALL EXTEND
Lie on your back with knees bent, holding a weight with both hands. Raise arms overhead until weight rests on the ground. Tighten abs and hold for one count; then, on an exhale, bring your chin toward your chest and curl shoulders off the floor, lifting arms several inches while keeping your elbows next to your ears, as shown. Hold for two counts, then release. Do two sets of 10 reps.
Lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat. Place the ball or a weight between your inner thighs. Pull abs in tight, then press your heels into the floor to lift your pelvis, as shown, squeezing inner thighs together. Hold for 10 counts. Lower; repeat five times.
LYING OVERHEAD PRESS
Lie on your back, knees bent, holding a weight at your chest with both hands. Tighten abs, bring your chin toward your chest, and curl shoulders off the floor, as shown. Push weight overhead and back, so elbows are next to your ears; bring weight back to chest, then lower back down. Do two sets of 10 reps.
Kneel on the floor and place the ball or a weight between your thighs. Place forearms on the floor, elbows directly under shoulders. Pull abs in tight, and stretch both feet out behind you, as shown. Squeeze the ball and hold this pose for 20 seconds. Do three reps.
DON’T FORGET CARDIO!
Repeat after us: “This is the year that my pooch will not hang over my jeans!” Then get with some cardio, which is key to burning belly fat. For results like our superstar readers’, aim to do 35 to 45 minutes, four days a week, of any sweat-inducing exercise you like, such as jogging, biking, using the elliptical machine, rowing, or swimming. Two of those days, do the steady-pace workout on the next slide; the other two, do the interval workout.