The first exercise is a Mountain Climber. To get into position, place your hands on the floor, your feet on the floor as though you are going to do a push up then keeping your hips flat and your abs contracted bring a knee up to your chest then take it back. Repeat with other leg and do 20 reps.
Next is The Side Plank - Balance on one forearm with your body straight and ankles together. Hips should be as high as possible and chest pointing outwards. Hold the position for 30 seconds before changing sides.
Then you need a stability ball for jack-knives. So feet on ball and hands on floor in push up fashion with back straight. Then controlling the ball bring your knees up to chest or as far as they will go. Return to start position making sure your legs are straight - 20 more reps please.
Then it's on to Russian Twists. Sit on the floor slightly leaning back until your abs are engaged. Take the stability ball or a medicine ball if you want more resistance and holding it your hands rotate your body side to side and touch the ball down. Legs should be slightly bent but if you want to make it harder bring your feet off the floor. Great for your oblique muscles this one. 40 reps (20 each side)
Then to finish your abs off it's a Plank of some description. Personally I sometimes just do a standard plank with elbows and toes on the floor with a straight body and braced abs. Other times I may put my feet on a medicine ball or stability ball. Whatever you choose try to do as long as possible to failure.
If you feel like more then give yourself a minute or two of rest then complete the circuit 2-3 times more. I hope you liked this abs workout and that you have been persuaded away from crunches and all those other waste of time ab machines. Combine these types of circuits with a clean diet and lots of intensive cardio and resistance training and you will have a slim flat stomach or a super sharp six-pack in no time.
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