3. Crunches:

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Crunches are old school, but the key to using them is to keep going until it burns!

How To Do:

  • Lie down on your back with your knees bent at a 45-degree angle.
  • Place your hands across your chest and crunch upward, lifting only your upper back off the ground.
  • Leave your lower back on the ground.
  • Then come back down, but just before your shoulders touch the ground, crunch upward again.
  • Throughout the movement, do not relax your abdominal muscles but keep them consistently tense.

4. Exercise Ball Pike:

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How To Do:

  • Position your feet and shins firmly on top of an exercise ball.
  • With your arms straight, fully extend outwards until you are in the push up position.
  • Do not bend your knees, hunch or arch your back.
  • Press your toes into the ball, contract your lower abs, and lift your bum into the air. You should form an upside down “V” at the top.
  • Slowly lower back down into the push up position.
  • Repeat for 12-20 reps.

5. Mountain Climbers:

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You’ll know you’re doing this move properly if you absolutely hate it. It’s a tough one, but that’s why it works so well. It’s one of the best moves there is to strengthen your entire core.

How To Do:

  • Start in the push-up position. Keeping your hips at the same height as your shoulders.
  • Shuffle your right knee in toward your chest.
  • And then immediately switch it out for your left knee.
  • Think of this move as trying to run in a horizontal position.
  • You want to do these continuously, without rest, as many times as you can while still keeping your hips and shoulders at the same level.
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