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How To Tone Up Your Abs

For anyone who wants to work out, abs tend to be at the top of their to-do list. There are plenty of ways that you can get a toned and sculpted mid-section, and here are just a few of them.

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Sculpted, toned abs are lusted after by many, but for a lot of people the work involves seems to put them off getting started. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to tone up your abs that only take a short while out of your day, and if you follow the routine below you’ll be well on your way to abs perfection.



First, start with 10 full sit ups. Lie on your back with your legs bent, and slowly sit up. Hold at the top for a few seconds and lower back down, making sure to go slowly. Don’t swing and keep your abs tensed throughout; try keeping your hands by the side of your head to make sure you keep proper form. Hook your feet under the couch for extra support, or get your fitness buddy to hold onto your legs.



To do crunches simply lay on your back in the sit up position but instead of going all the way up, just lift your shoulders off the floor. Really tense your abs when you’re up and hold for a few seconds before lowering back down, again always making sure to go slow and steady. Start with 20.



This Exercise really works out your oblique muscles and is ideal if you want a properly toned mid-section. It’s similar to crunches, but instead of going up straight you need to twist on your way up. Make sure to hold again and never swing, just use your abs to bring you up. Start off with 10 on each side, and if you want extra intensity change it to oblique sit ups instead of crunches.



This one requires a fitness buddy or helper, but is a great way to work out your abs. Lie on your back with your legs in the air, making sure that they’re straight. Get your fitness buddy to throw them towards the floor and you have to stop your legs from hitting it, then bring them straight back up again for another go. You’ll really feel it in your abs! Continue until failure; that is, until you can’t bear to do anymore.


So, the overall workout will look something like this:

- Sit ups x 10

- Crunches x 20

- Oblique crunches x 20 (10 on each side)

- Leg throws until failure.



This session can easily be done within half an hour, and you’ll really be able to tell that you’ve had a workout. Once you’ve got used to these number of reps, take it up a notch by adding 5 reps to each Exercise per session, or whatever you can manage. If you try to fit this routine in three times per week you’ll soon notice the difference.


As you can see, you don’t have to take hours out of your day to get a really effective abs workout in. All it takes is 30 minutes three times a week and you’ll be well on your way to properly toned, sculpted and solid abs that you can be proud of.


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