absOur abdominal muscles seem to be the hardest place to tone. For many of us it is really uncomfortable to do ab work on the floor. My neck always ends up hurting the next day! So I wanted to give you some alternatives to getting on the floor for core work. Above are some pictures from Women’s Health magazine. You will just need two hand weights. 

 

If you feel pretty comfortable doing ab work on the ground, check out what we have next. 

Basic Crunch

This crunch will work the upper part of the abdominal muscle, and is a fairly simple move. Begin lying on your back on the floor with knees up and feet flat on the floor. Lightly place your fingertips behind your ears. Slowly lift your shoulders off the floor as your exhale being sure to keep your chin off your chest. Slowly lower to starting position as you inhale, and repeat.

crunchanother way is to use a stability ball. 

crunch ball

 

Reverse Crunch

This exercise will work the lower part of the abdominal muscle.  Begin by lying on your back on the floor with knees up and feet flat on the floor. Place your arms to your sides with your palms down for stability, and lift your feet off the ground to create a “table top” with your legs. Slowly lift your hips off the ground as you exhale. Slowly return to starting position as you inhale, and repeat.

reverse crunch

 

Double Crunch

This move works the upper and lower abdominals at the same time. Begin by lying on your back on the floor with knees up and feet flat on the floor. Place your fingertips lightly behind your ears, and lift your feet off the ground to create a “table top” with your legs. Slowly lift your shoulders and hips off the ground and exhale as your crunch. Keep chin off your chest. Slowly return to starting position as you inhale, and repeat.

 

double crunch