A Personal Trainer Reveals The Four Best Moves To Target Your Lower Abs
Lower abs are an area we often scrutinize but have a hard time targeting. Knowing which exercises work which specific part of your abdomen can be tough.
That’s why we chatted with Elise Young, an NYC-based fitness trainer and the founder of Elise’s Bodyshop, a workout program built around HIIT as well as strength and cardiovascular training. She trains employees in offices across the city, including Google.
Young gave us four moves that will have your core burning. The best part? None of them require any equipment, which means you can do this quick workout anywhere.
Perform the following four exercises for 30 seconds each, and aim to do two to three sets. Take a look at the below video to make sure your form is correct.
Plank with Lift
Start in a tight low plank position with your core engaged. Lift one toe off ground while squeezing your glutes, then drive your knee out and up to your same side elbow while maintaining a tight plank position.
Place your hands under your glutes with your palms facing down. Keep your legs as straight as possible. Slowly raise your legs perpendicular to the floor. Hold at the top for a second, add a pop at the top if willing, then slowly lower your legs back to the start position.
Similar to the leg raise, place your hands under your glutes with your palms facing down, or put them behind your ears. Lift your shoulder blades off the ground for more of a challenge. While keeping your legs as straight as possible, alternate lifting each leg up and down in a reciprocal manner.
Lie on your back with your knees together and your legs bent to 90 degrees. Tighten your abs to lift your hips off the floor as you crunch your knees inward to your chest. Hold at the top for a second, then lower back down without allowing your lower back to arch.