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In The Gym: Summer Six Pack

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With summer in full swing, it seems everyone’s talking about their summer six-pack. Spoiler alert: crunches and sit-ups are not the secret! Diet plays a huge role in carving out your perfect core, too. It’s important to eat a well-balanced diet and also swap your crunches and sit-ups for more complex moves. We’re going to show you a few of those today:

 


 

Weighted sit-up – Start by lying on the floor and holding a weighted plate (or dumbbell) to your chest. Next, bend the knees to about 90 degrees with feet flat on the floor. Finally, tuck your chin to your chest and sit up.

Plank – Start in the push-up position. Bend your elbows to lower yourself down to shift your weight to your forearms. Next, maintain a neutral spine, allowing your body to form a straight line. During this part, remember not to drop your hips or raise your butt. Brace your abs and hold the position until you feel too fatigued to continue.

Scissor crunch – Start by lying on your back, legs extended (toes pointed to celling) and fingertips behind your ears. With your knees soft you will lift one leg at a time, crunching until your elbow meets your knee. Be sure to get those shoulder blades off the mat with each repetition.

V-up – To start, lie on your back holding a medicine ball with both hands behind your head and legs extended. Next, raise your legs and the arms at the same time, trying to touch your toes with your fingertips. Your body should look like a V and then release back down.

Starfish crunch – Start by lying on the ground with arms and legs spread like a starfish. Next, using your core, start to pull your upper body and lower body in until you can reach your hands around your knees. Slowly return to starting position.

Lying leg lift – This exercise can be done on a bench or the floor. Start by lying on your back and placing your hands under your glutes with palms facing down. Keeping your legs straight, slowly raise your legs perpendicular to the floor. Hold this for a second or two and then release slowly to starting position.