Bored with crunches? Try these three tummy toners to target your abs from every angle.
Targets shoulders, abs, and obliques
Sit on floor with knees bent and feet flat, holding ends of resistance band (or a towel) with both hands in front of chest, arms extended and slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
Lean torso back 45 degrees and lift bent legs until shins are parallel to floor.
MAKE IT EASIER: Keep feet on floor.
Maintaining V-sit position and keeping lower body still, rotate torso slowly to right, bringing right hand out to side a few inches off floor.
Repeat to left side, bringing left hand out to side near floor to complete 1 rep.
Do two sets of 10 reps each.
Trainer: Paul Frediani, author of PowerSculpt for Women
2. Windshield Wiper
Targets abs and obliques
Lie on back with arms out to sides slightly below shoulder level, palms down and legs extended toward ceiling, feet together.
Tighten abs and slowly lower legs together toward right as far as you can.
MAKE IT HARDER: Lower legs so right toes touch floor.
Lift legs back to start; repeat to left and return to start to complete 1 rep.
Do two sets of 8 reps each.
Trainer: Leandro Carvalho
3. Torso Tightener
Targets abs, obliques, butt, and legs
Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, toes turned out 45 degrees, and hold one end of a single dumbbell in each hand, arms extended in front of chest so weight is parallel to floor. (Use a dumbbell no heavier than 2 pounds or no weight.)
Lower into a plie squat, abs tight.
Bend at waist to right and bring dumbbell out to right, turning dumbbell so it's perpendicular to floor with left hand directly over right.
Remaining in plie, fluidly straighten torso as you bring dumbbell back to center and return it to parallel to floor.
Repeat to left, bending at waist to left and bringing dumbbell out to left while turning it so right hand is over left. Do two sets of 8 reps to each side.
Trainer: Melanie Rojas-Guzman, certified Zumba education specialist
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