3 Exercises to Build a Strong and Toned Stomach

It might be cold outside right now, but all too soon the warm weather will peak through the clouds and swimsuit season will be right upon us. During the winter, we tend to eat a little more and move a little less. For most of us, this doesn’t mean a huge problem or cause significant weight gain, but it does make us a little nervous for summer clothing. One of the biggest problem spots? The abs! We all want taut and toned abs for a beach ready body. To get ready for spring and summer, check out these three ab centered exercises that are sure to flatten you out and tone you up.

Russian Twists

I love this move. It works the midsection in a slight twisting motion, and the weight makes it just challenging enough for it feel worthwhile. You’ll need either a kettlebell or a dumbbell. Sit in on the floor in an upright position with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Hold the weight in both hands and place it on the floor on one side of your body. Then lift the weight across your midsection and gently set it on the other side of your body on the floor. Repeat this move for a set number of reps. When you’ve mastered it, up your weight.

Leg Lifts

If you’re looking to work those stubborn lower abs, then this is definitely the move for you. To do a proper leg lift, lie flat on your back with your legs extended and together while your arms are either by your sides or underneath your rear. Keeping the legs together and straight, lift the feet about six inches off of the floor. Slowly, lift the legs until they are pointing upward, and then lower them to the six inch position again. Do not let them rest in between sets. Make sure to keep your shoulders and lower back on the floor. Your lower back will try to arch, but don’t let it to avoid injury and to get the most good from this exercise.


This is a great move because it is going to work both your abs and your back muscles. Lie on your stomach with your legs straight and your arms reaching above your head. You’ll look like you are flying, hence the Superman name. Set a timer for 30 seconds. At the same time, lift your feet, legs, head, and arms off of the floor and hold. When time is up, rest. Then go for another round. You may not feel like this move is doing anything while you’re performing it, but over time, it will provide great strength to your entire midsection.

Though these exercises won’t take you from 100 pounds overweight to bikini ready, they will help you work that problem area in the middle. Start using these moves now, and by the time the warm weather rolls around, you’ll be a little bit more ready and confident to show off your hard earned body.

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