I don’t know about you, but I find that the hardest area for me to tone is my core. A few weeks of strength training and I see definition in my biceps and triceps, or see my legs looking firmer; but at times I feel like no matter how hard I work my core, it just doesn’t look much different.
Recently I’ve found a few exercises that really work my core muscles and I’m starting to see some results! Here are 7 exercises that will help give you killer abs.
Bicycle Crunch: This classic workout is a great one that engages all your stomach muscles! Click here to see how to do a bicycle crunch .
TIP: For this exercise to work, the movement has to come from your abs…simply swinging your elbows from side to side doesn’t work your stomach.
Diet: Great abdominals start in the kitchen. This isn’t an exercise per se, but it is an exercise in willpower. I have found that I see the biggest change in my core when I watch my diet. To be honest, I think you can do crunches all day long, but if you don’t alter your diet then you won’t see a big change. You have to fight the belly fat in order to show off the muscle definition that the exercises are accomplishing. Some great abdominal friendly foods include: walnuts, olive oil, pistachios, almonds, avocado, flax seed oil, macadamia nuts, natural peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and dark or semi sweet chocolate.