A Competitive CrossFitter Shows Us The 3 Moves That Helped Her Get Her Rock-Hard Abs

A Competitive CrossFitter Shows Us The 3 Moves That Helped Her Get Her Rock-Hard Abs

Washboard abs: it’s one of the most common goals out there, but also one of the most elusive.

And while your diet has a lot to do with how flat (or not) your stomach is, exercise plays a big role too.

Kari Pearce, one of our KBK Champions and a competitive CrossFitter who earned the coveted title of Fittest Woman in America last year, knows all the best exercises to work your core — and she has the rock-hard abs to prove it. She even launched a Power Abs Course recently for people who want to get her jaw-dropping six pack.

Keep scrolling to see Pearce’s three favorite moves. Pair it with her three favorite booty blasting exercises, and you’ll be feeling that good kind of sore in no time.

Hanging Leg Raises

Why they’re good for you

“Hanging leg raises are great for your abs because they work your entire core and are very challenging.”

How to do it

“Start in a hanging position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Make sure your shoulders are engaged (keep them down and back).”

“From there, use your core to bring your toes up to the bar. Try to keep your legs straight if possible. To scale this movement, bend your knees and lift your legs as high as possible.”

Hollow Hold

Why it’s good for you

“Hollow holds are one of my favorite ab exercises because all you need is a floor, and it doesn’t take long at all to feel your abs start to burn.”

“I have been doing this move since I was five years old because of gymnastics. Hollow holds teach you how to properly engage your core which most people find difficult to do.”

How to do it

“Lie flat on your back on the floor with your legs together and straight and arms over your head by your ears. Lift your arms and legs off the ground and squeeze your abs so your back is flat against the ground.”

“If you can’t get your back flat with your arms and legs extended, bring your arms in and bend your knees. Then just hold that position. If you can hold it for a minute, you’re a superstar!”

Windshield Wipers

Why they’re good for you

“Windshield wipers are another one of my favorite ab movements because they get the sides of your core as well as those six pack muscles. I like them because you work in a different plane of motion than the other two in order to strengthen your core. They are also great because all you need is a floor.”

How to do it

“Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air and arms out to the side. From here, lower your legs straight to the side in a controlled manner until your feet are about three inches from the ground. Then lift them right back up so you are in the starting position and repeat on the other side.”

“Continue to go back and forth without letting your feet touch the ground. If you can’t keep your legs straight, it’s alright to bend them slightly.”

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