The ‘secret’ to achieving celeb epic abs revealed

A young women works out at home, doing fitness exercises on the floor. (Shutterstock)

The secret to achieving celebrity epic abs is (drum roll please) …there is no secret! Just follow these 3 easy fitness tips to make your next abs workout more effective and get the results you want.

1. Add a weight

Dumbbells aren't just for bicep curls! Like any other muscle, your abs, need to be challenged to get stronger. So throw some weight into the mix and watch your results multiply.

The exercise - Standing dumbbell press

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and take a dumbbell in each hand.

Raise the dumbbells to head height, the elbows out and about 90 degrees.

This will be your starting position.

Maintaining strict technique with no leg drive or leaning back, extend through the elbow to raise the weights together directly above your head.

Pause, and slowly return the weight to the starting position.

Perform 3 sets of 16 -20 repetitions

ABS 1

ABS 1

2. Throw in some balance

Really want epic celeb abs? Incorporate balance work into your routine. Whether it's with a Bosu, a Swiss ball, a balance board, will cause you to fire your core deeply, thereby giving you a more effective ab workout!

The exercise – Swiss ball kneeling

Begin in a standing position with the ball in front of your shins.

Place your hands on top of the stability ball about shoulder width apart.

Slowly roll forward onto the ball with your knees, keeping your hands on the ball until you have gained your balance.

It is easier to roll forward with both knees simultaneously, rather than trying to put one knee at a time onto the ball.

Drop your center of gravity down and backwards by straightening your arms, lifting your shoulders and dropping your hips over your ankles.

Attempt to remove your hands from the ball.

ABS 2

ABS 2

3. Do more twisting

Your body doesn't just work in one plane of movement, so why should your abs? Instead of always doing crunches, include abs exercises that rotate, twist and turn your body like you do in real life.

The exercise - Seated Russian Twist

Sit on the ground with your knees bent and feet on the floor

Slightly lean back, without rounding your spine.

Place your arms straight out in front of you and keep them level with the bottom of your rib cage.

To make this exercise more challenging you can hold a medicine ball or dumbbell

Pull your navel to your spine, and twist slowly to the left.

The movement is not large and comes from the ribs rotating, not from your arms swinging.

Inhale through center, and rotate to the right.

This completes one repetition.

Perform 3 sets of 16 -20 repetitions

ABS 3

ABS 3

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48
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