Time to Ditch the Boring Crunches
Wow, how many times can we do crunches over and over again right? Although they have their value, crunches are pretty limited when it comes to the impact it has on toning up your lower abdominal region.
So with that in mind we’re going to look at 5 ab exercises that you can do in just 5 minutes. Coming in at just 5 minutes, you have no excuse not to incorporate this fat-burning and ab-toning workout into your routine!
Remember, to keep seeing results and stay motivated, you’ve got to keep changing things up and trying new things. There’s a whole world of abdominal and core exercises on this blog that leave crunches in the dust, and get you working in totally new ways.
If you’re ready for a change, here are the 5 new exercises you can knock out in just 5 minutes.
5 New Ab Moves in 5 Minutes
1. Leg Lowering
For this first one, you’re really going to work on the lower part of your abdominal muscles. Lie face up on a workout mat, and extend your legs towards the ceiling, straightening your knees and bending at the hips so that your legs are at a 90 degree angle to the floor.
Slowly and with control, lower your right leg toward the floor, stopping just a couple of inches before touching down. Hold here for 3 counts, then lift back to starting position in control. That’s 1 rep. Aim for 15 reps per side. To view this exercise, click here.
2. Single-Leg Hip Extension
Stay lying face up on the workout mat, and now place your feet on the floor, tucking them close to your buttocks. Lift your pelvis and bring your upper and lower back off the floor, resting against your shoulders. Push through so that your torso, buttocks, and hips are aligned. Place your palms on the floor at your sides for balance. Lift your right foot off the floor and straighten your knee.
Then engage your pelvis and lift your hips up toward the ceiling, squeezing your glutes. Hold the squeeze for 3 counts, then release. That’s 1 rep. Perform 10-12 reps, then repeat with opposite leg extended. To view this exercise, click here.
3. Side Plank