6 Ways to Tone Abs and Stomach without Crunches

Hello lovelies,

I am back after such a long time. I hope you all are doing great and enjoying your life. We are a part of a generation which cares a lot about fitness but did you know you cannot achieve a flat tummy with just crunches? Yes, crunches are good for your core muscles but they can lead to muscle tension and neck pain. So in this post, I will show you various core exercises that show better and quicker results without crunches.

Push-up burpees

This is, in fact, a very popular exercise. This full body exercise requires you to squat, jump, push up and then do another jump. This exercise really keeps your core engaged and strengthens the muscles. You can easily do this exercise at your home or gym and lose excess fat.

How to do: Just stand with a small gap between your feet. Then, go lower in a deep squat position, do a push-up quickly and then get back to your original standing position. Finally, jump reaching your hands overhead. Repeat 10-15 times.

Windmills

Windmills is a very cool and effective exercise for your obliques. To perform this exercise, you need some light weights. You can use a dumbbell or kettlebell, whichever gives you a better grip.

How to do: Stand with your feet hip-width apart holding a kettlebell in your left hand. Now, bring the weight onto your left shoulder and press it overhead. While you rotate your chest to the left, you need to look at your kettlebell as you reach your right foot with your right hand. Repeat 8-10 times and then switch to the other side.

Leg lowers

Leg lowers is one of my favourites, too. This is a very common but really effective exercise for lower abs.

How to do: Just lie face up on the floor and raise your legs slowly until they are perpendicular to the floor. Then slowly let your feet down on the floor but remember they should not touch the floor completely. Feel the pressure on your lower abs and repeat the same method with a full controlled back position. Repeat for 10-15 times.

Dumbbell curls to squats to press

Believe me, guys, this exercise is mind blowing for your body. It can make your tummy fat vanish like magic, plus it engages the muscles of your biceps, triceps, shoulder and thighs, too.

How to do: Now start with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a pair of dumbbells up with your palm facing forward. Go down into a squat position without shaking your upper arms. Bend the elbows and keep the dumbbells as close as you can to the shoulders. Then, return to the starting position slowly. Repeat 8-12 times.

The cobra

This one sounds funny but, no doubt, it’s an extremely effective exercise. This is a lying-down exercise, hence quite easy for everyone.

How to do: Lie facedown on the mat with your palms just close to your chest. Now lift your upper body parts like head, shoulder, and chest against the floor. Hold for 30 seconds and then get back into the starting position. Repeat it 10-12 times.

Plank

Plank is a very, very effective exercise to burn belly fat. In fact, it challenges your entire body. Mastering a plank isn’t easy and requires a lot of practice.

How to do: Start with push-up position on the floor and bend your elbows 90 degrees and feel your body weight on the forearms. Now, hold your body in the plank position for 30-60 seconds and release as you lose your straight. Rest a little and then repeat it as many times as you can. Make sure you keep your abs engaged during a plank for best results.

Please note you can start with above mentioned reps and then gradually increase as you gain strength. These exercises are perfect if you often get neck or back pain while doing various types of crunches.

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