Relying on crunches alone to trim your waistline is about as useful as wishing for a flatter stomach. To get results, you need to train your core to stabilize your whole body, explains Mike Robertson, co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training.
This workout engages your entire core and strengthens your back and butt muscles (slouchy shoulders and weak glutes contribute to an unflattering pooch). Do two sets of each move (eight to 10 reps per side) three days a week to streamline your silhouette fast.
1. Reverse Wood Chop
Squat, holding a medicine ball next to your right hip (a). Keep your arms straight and raise the ball up and across your body until you’re standing and the ball is above your left shoulder (b). Lower back to start. That’s one rep.
2. Single-arm Lunge
Hold a dumbbell and raise your right arm, keeping your elbow close to your ear (a). Step forward with your left foot, lowering until your thigh is parallel to the floor (b). Push off your left foot to stand. That’s one rep.
Get into a pushup position (a). Shift your weight to your left hand and rotate your body, raising your right arm into the air so that your arms and torso form a T (b). Hold for one or two seconds, then return to start. That’s one rep.
4. Single-arm Bent-over Row
Hold a dumbbell in your right hand, bend your knees, and lean forward from your hips (a). Brace your abs and pull the weight up to chest height without rotating your torso (b). Return to start. That’s one rep.