5 moves for strong abs

Take your ab workouts to the next level with this five-move midriff workout by WH&F trainer Nichelle Laus. 



1 of the keys to a fantastic physique is great posture and a toned midsection. Strong abdominal muscles will give you the necessary stamina you require to preserve suitable kind in your workouts and help you maintain the posture you desire in your day-to-day activities.

This abdominal circuit, when coupled with nutritious food alternatives, will trim your waistline and define your midsection. 

For a full-time four or six pack, execute the following five exercises twice a week for four weeks.

Gradually enhance the quantity of repetitions you can total only when you are capable to do so with best type. 



Photography: Dave Laus 

Words/exercise: Nichelle Laus, WH&F trainer // nichellelaus.com 


Model: Tawny Clark

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1. Stability ball plank



Place your forearms in the middle of the stability ball with your feet on the floor, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Maintain a straight spine while you brace (tighten) your abdominals and glute muscles. Do not let your shoulder blades shrug or your midsection sag.

Hold the plank position for 30 to 90 seconds. Increase your hold by 10 seconds every single exercise till you can complete 90 seconds.



2. Prisoner get-ups


Lie flat on your back with your hands behind your head. Preserve one leg straight and one leg bent with your ankle to the floor. Hinge at the hips as you raise your torso off the floor. While maintaining a tall posture, shift your weight onto your bent knee and raise yourself from a bottom lunge position to a standing position. Reduce oneself back to the floor slowly by reversing the steps. Alternate legs every repetition.

Carry out eight to 12 total reps.

Trainer Tip - as you raise your back off the floor, be certain to hinge at the hip. Avoid rounding your low back.

three. Standing alternate knee to elbow crunch


Stand with your feet at a comfortable width with your hands raised to touch your ears.

Initiate the exercising by raising your left leg and gradually flexing your trunk and rotating your upper body so your appropriate elbow approaches your raised left knee. Your knee and elbow do not have to make contact. The important to the physical exercise is to sustain a tall posture and stay away from rounding the low back. Repeat the sequence on the opposite side.

Perform 12 to 20 total repetitions.

Trainer Tip - be positive to raise your knee towards your elbow. Do not sag at the waist or pull down on your head with your hands in order for your knee to meet your elbow.

4. Walk-out spiderman push-up


Stand tall with your arms relaxed at your side. This is your starting position.

Bend at the waist and reduce your physique down to the floor. Walk your hands out into a push-up position. Hold the push-up position as you raise your left knee to the outside to meet your left elbow. Repeat for the proper side and then stroll your self back to the beginning position.

Perform eight to 12 reps per side

Trainer Tip - maintain a straight spine in the course of the push-up position. Do not increase the quantity of reps till you can maintain your hips from sagging towards the floor.

five. Dragon flag


Lie on a sturdy bench and grasp the bench firmly above your head. Raise your legs and torso so that you are resting all of your weight on the back of your shoulders. Slowly reduced your physique back to the bench as you sustain a tight grip on the bench. 

Do not arch your low back. Bend at the waist if needed and progressively attempt to sustain straight legs as you become stronger and far more proficient at the exercising.

Since this is a much more difficult physical exercise only three to five reps are essential when performed appropriately. 

Trainer Tip - to shield your spine, keep internal stress in your abdomen by exhaling slowly beneath handle. In no way fully empty your lungs of air or unwind your abdomen for the duration of the physical exercise


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