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.

Reverse Crunch: Getting bored of doing normal crunches in hopes of scoring amazing abs? Try reverse crunches to switch up your routine. See how to do reverse crunches by clicking here

reverse crunch

Plank:  This move keeps your core engaged to earn your abs. Posture is important when doing a plank, so click here to learn how to do the move.

TIP: To really challenge yourself, position your elbows even further ahead so that there is more distance between your elbows and toes.

plank

 

Russian Twist: This exercise is great when done correctly! And, as is the case with many of these, it can be intensified with a medicine ball, hand weight, etc. Learn more about this move here.

Russian Twist
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.

Bicycle Crunch

Pilates Sit Up: This move is perfect for working your abs, but correct posture is a must! Learn more about the pilates sit up here.

brooke griffin doing a pilates sit up on yoga mat

Crab Twist: Here’s another fun twist on the crunch that will have you feeling the burn! See how to do the crab twist by clicking here.

Crab Twist

Ab Roll Up: This move really gets you moving! If you want to work your core, learn how to master the move here.

AbRollUp

 

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.