Good things come in threes. Three moves, three times a week for sexy abs in —you guessed it — three weeks.
While it’s always a good idea to switch up your training from time to time, why not put this simple and effective 3x3x3 abs workout to the test to tighten your midsection and get the sexy abs you’ve always wanted?
Stability Ball Roll-Up with Twist
Target Muscles: obliques, rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis
Set zp: Start with your hands on the floor, your calves resting on a ball. Angle your hips to the right.
Action: Draw your knees toward your right elbow, then extend. Repeat, drawing your knees to the left. Alternate sides with each rep.
Top Tip: Try to ensure that your lower back doesn’t sag as you extend.
Target Muscles: internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis
Set Up: Lie faceup with your knees bent, calves parallel to the floor and fingertips placed lightly behind your head.
Action: Lift your upper back from the floor, directing your left elbow to your right knee as you extend your left leg. Repeat on the opposite side for one rep.
Top Tip: Move in a controlled manner and strive to keep both shoulder blades off the ground throughout the entire exercise.
Stability Ball Leg Lift
Target Muscles: rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis
Set Up: Start by lying faceup on the floor with a stability ball between your ankles, legs straight and on the ground. Press your palms into the floor a few inches away from your hips for greater stability. Squeeze the ball and lift it, bringing it perpendicular to the floor.
Action: Still squeezing the ball, slowly lower your legs toward the ground, keeping your legs straight as you move. Be sure not to touch the ball to the floor at the bottom of your rep. Lift it slowly to return to the start.
Top Tip: If you feel any strain on your back as you lower the ball, place your hands under your bottom instead of out to the sides.
Stretch It Out
After your routine, stretch your abs for two to three minutes by lying faceup over the stability ball. Reach your arms overhead and extend your legs, keeping your feet on the floor.
Breathe, stretch and congratulate yourself. You’re that much closer to beautiful, sexy abdominals!