When it comes to getting into shape, a good set of abs is up there as one of the most coveted results. Endless rounds of sit ups and crunches seemed for so long to be the only way to get into shape; using another method seemed unthinkable. Until now, that is. Thought that great abs came with endless reps in the gym? Think again! Toning up your stomach can be done using a whole load of different techniques and by making these standing activities a part of your routine, you can get in better shape than ever.
- March and Twist
Your body is one of your best assets and by using your own weight against you, you can tone up even the most tricky areas of your body. If you’re looking for a great way to give strength to your obliques, this exercise can help out a huge deal. Standing with your feet a hip width apart, raise your hands over your head. Bring your right elbow to touch the top of your left knee, twisting your waist as you do so, before returning to the starting position again. Repeat the movement on the opposite side and continue through for another minute.
- Standing Twist
A great addition to the march and twist, the standing twist incorporates another weighted element to push your strength to the next level. Standing in the same feet apart position, hold out a medicine ball in front of your chest, keeping your arms straight as you do so. Keeping your arms as straight as you can, rotate your upper body to your right side before returning it back to the center. Follow this movement for 10 reps before focusing on your left side. You will have rock hard abs in no time at all!
- Single Leg Chop
For a fast explosion of energy, this movement can really work wonders. Starting off in a low lunge position, keep your left knee bent and your right leg in a straight position behind you. Focusing on your core muscles, lift your right knee quickly towards your chest, bringing your arms into your body at both sides. Put your right leg back in the starting position and repeat again. Try doing 20 reps of this movement before moving on to your left side.