3 Exercises For A Trimmer Waist

3 Exercises For A Trimmer Waist

img_0417One of the most common goals of my personal training clients is to reduce belly fat.  Well if you read our blog on spot reduction, you know picking a specific area on your body to target fat loss will lead to disappointment, but with a smart plan and hard work, unveiling a sleek midsection is achievable. A balanced nutritional approach that reduces overall calories to induce weight loss is imperative to strip away the extra belly fat that covers your abs and obliques. However, these three exercises can jump-start the fat-loss process and give you the sculpted abs you’re looking for.

1. Broomstick twists: this is a great exercise that attacks those “love handles” and require no weights—only a long bar or…a broomstick.

*Sit on the end of a flat bench or you may stand if you choose, Place the bar behind your head, resting it across the back of your shoulders. Place your hands as close to the ends as you can, keeping your elbows slightly bent.

Firmly contract your abdominal muscles as you twist from one side to the other using your abs to control the range of movement. After holding for a few seconds, twist your torso the opposite direction. When you twist to the right, feel the right oblique muscles contract, and vice versa. Broomstick twists work the internal oblique muscle on the side twisted and the external oblique on the other side.

2. Crunch and Reverse Crunch: Crunches one of the most common abdominal exercises, primarily working the rectus abdominal muscles and obliques.

*Crunch-lying face up on the floor with knees bent, hands crossed over the chest, raise your shoulders towards the ceiling using your abdominal muscles and pause at the peak.

*Reverse Crunch-lying on your back and crossing your arms in front of your chest, raise your knees and feet so they create a 90-degree angle. Contract your abdominal muscles and exhale as you lift your hips off the floor controlling the movement. Keep your knees at a right angle. Inhale and slowly lower.

3. Hanging Leg Raises:

*hanging from high bar with slightly wider than shoulder width overhand grip, raise your legs by flexing hips and knees until hips are completely flexed or knees are well above hips. Return until hips and knees are extended downward and repeat. Knees may be kept extended throughout leg raise to increase intensity.

Strengthening your core gives you additional power and overall a better physique. For more information on how to obtain a trimmer waist, strength training, healthy lifestyle, and eating healthy, or if you’re just frustrated with your current level of fitness and looking to hire a personal trainer, contact us.

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