Winter may be the best time to sculpt those abs!

Looking for a way to sculpt those abs so that you can finally reach your goal of having a lean, toned body for summer 2015?  All of these moves are guaranteed to blast away that belly fat. Give them a try and, done correctly and consistently, you WILL see results!

Donkey kickbacks: A killer move that will torch calories as it works your core

·       Kneel on all fours, toes tucked under, keeping your back neutral. Draw your belly in toward your spine as you contract your abs and lift both knees about 2 inches off the ground

·       Keeping abs engaged, bring right knee to nose (shown)

·       Kick right leg straight out behind you, squeezing your butt (shown); keep lower abs contracted and hips facing the ground to protect your back

·       Repeat 8 times; switch legs and repeat

Advanced Crunches

Advanced leg crunches: a get-ready-for-swimsuit-season-before-it’s-even-necessary move from celebrity trainer Eduardo Dias

·       Lie on your back with your knees bent and a 3-pound dumbbell between your feet. Place your hands, palms down, beneath your sitting bones

·       Concentrating on your lower abs, use them to bring your knees in toward your chest while lifting your hips, head, and shoulders slightly. Return to the starting position; that’s 1 rep

·       Do 15 to 30 reps 3 to 4 times a week; you should see results in 4 weeks

Oblique driving-knee crunch: this one will really crunch those tummy muscles!

·       Lie on your back on a stability ball with your feet hip-distance apart on the floor and knees bent to 90 degrees. Place your right hand behind your head and your left fingertips on the floor for balance. Brace your core and lift your left foot off the floor. Extend your left leg, foot flexed

·       Crunch up, twisting your right shoulder and rib cage toward your left knee while simultaneously stretching your right leg straight (keep your foot on the floor). Return to starting position (left leg lifted and right leg bent); that’s 1 rep

·       Do 15 reps, then switch sides and repeat

Cross Leg Diagonal Crunch

Cross-leg diagonal crunch: get ready to feel the burn with this one

·       Lie on your back with your legs straight and feet on the floor. Keeping your torso still, lift your hips and move them a bit to the right; lower and straighten your legs again

·       Bend your left knee and cross it over your right leg, placing your left foot on the floor near the outside of your right knee. Crunch up, then come back down

·       Do 50 reps, then switch sides and repeat

Tone-it V hold: uses fast-twitch muscle fibers (the ones that contract during high-intensity moves and help improve muscle tone)

·       Sit with knees bent and feet on floor. Clasp underside of thighs with both hands, hinge back, and lift feet until lower legs are parallel to floor; release hands

·       Straighten legs and reach for your toes; hold for 8 breaths. Repeat 3 times

Plank: This one-stop-shop move is great: it not only tones your entire core but will also strengthens and sculpts your arms, butt, and thighs”

·       Kneel on a mat on all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders. Stretch your legs back one at a time to come into plank position (the “up” part of a push-up); engage your ab muscles. Your body should be long and straight; don’t let your hips sag or lift your butt too high. Imagine there’s a seat belt tightening around your waist, drawing your lower-ab muscles inward

·       Press your hands firmly into the mat, and press strongly back through your heels. Hold for 1 to 2 minutes (or as long as you can), then drop back to all fours. Do 3 reps

Body Weight Squat

Body-weight squat: using your own body weight as resistance is a great way to burn away that fat.

·       Stand with feet hip-width, knees bent slightly, hands crossed over chest

·       Squat down, pressing weight into feet. Make sure feet are pointing straight ahead and knees are over your toes; keep bum tucked. Return to standing

·       Do 5 sets of 5 reps

Swan dive: think how graceful a swan moves, then imitate that

·       Lie on your stomach, stretch your arms overhead, point your toes, and lift your arms and legs about 6 inches off the ground. Hold for 1 count, imagining your legs being pulled out and back, away from your hips

·       Next, circle your arms out to the sides and behind you. Exhale and reach your arms toward your toes, palms facing in (shown). Hold for 1 count, then bring arms back to starting position and relax entire body to ground. Repeat 6 to 8 times

Plank on the ball: a stability ball can be a great tool for your workouts!

·       Kneel in front of a stability ball, draping your abs and hips over the ball. Place your hands on the ground in front of you and walk them out until the ball rolls beneath your thighs (as shown above)

·       Once your body is straight (with a slight arch in your back) and you’re stable, hold for 30 seconds. Focus on lifting belly button and squeezing thighs

Standing Side Crunch

Standing side crunch: we all just love our crunches, right? How about taking it up a notch? These side crunches are pretty hard-core, so get ready…

·       Stand holding ball overhead, elbows bent and out to sides, and feet shoulder-width apart

·       Lift right knee to side; pull right elbow down to meet it. Return to starting position; repeat on other side. Bounce ball for 1 minute

·       Repeat sequence 3 more times

Circles in the sky: for core, inner thighs, outer hips, butt

·       Lie on your back with hands behind your head. Contract abs, lifting upper body slightly off the ground. Raise right leg 5 inches (or keep it on the ground if that’s too challenging) and left leg straight up toward the sky

·       Keeping your core engaged and hips stable, trace 4 softball-size circles clockwise with your entire left leg; reverse, circling 4 times counter clockwise. Lower both legs, switch sides, and repeat

Side incline with a twist: for triceps, biceps, core, waist

·       Lie on your right side with forearm directly under shoulder, hand perpendicular to your body, and legs stacked. Engage your abs and the right side of your waist, lifting your hips so your body forms a straight line from head to feet

·       Extend your left arm toward the sky, staying engaged through your core. Now scoop your left arm in front of your body and reach under the space between your chest and the ground, twisting only from the waist up

·       Come back up; repeat 4 times, then lower body to the ground. Repeat on the opposite side

Supine Twist

Supine twist: try to keep your legs elevated the whole time!

·       Lie on your back with legs stretched out straight. Inhale as you bend your right knee and bring it in toward your chest; hug it tightly with both hands

·       Exhale as you use your left hand to gently press your right knee over to the left side, allowing your torso to twist. Stretch your right arm out to the right at shoulder height

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