Bodyweight Moves for Lower Abs

I love these lower ab workouts. I always add these into my regular core routines. Squeeeeeeze that core and focus!!! Don't just rush through any core workout. The goal is to always have proper form and when you are at the point that your form is off then take a rest and jump back in.

The infamous lower-belly plagues many women, but finding the right moves to target this problematic area is easy. Whether you're a yoga star or gym rat, there's an exercise on this list to suit your taste.

Boat Pose (Navasana)

For all the yoginis out there, a few rounds of Boat Pose will challenge your strong core and tighten up those lower abs:

  • Begin sitting on your mat. Bend your knees and lift your feet off the floor, balancing on your tush. Keep the spine long and straighten the legs as much as you can without rounding the back. If this is too hard, then keep the knees bent — you're still working your core.

  • Perform six rounds of Navasana, holding the pose for five breaths each. Or challenge yourself and try to hold for 30 seconds to one minute without a break!

Ab Scissors

For anyone who grew up dancing, you'll be well acquainted with the ab scissors that rock your lower abs while lifting your booty:

  • Lie flat on your back. Extend your arms so they're against the sides of your body with your palms pressing into the floor, or bend your elbows and place your palms under the back of your head. Bend your knees and draw them into your ribs. This will make it easier to pull your navel in toward your spine and actively press your lower back flat on the ground.

  • Lift both legs straight up toward the ceiling, continuing to engage your abs and pressing your lower back into the ground. Keeping your core strong, slowly lower your right leg down toward the ground until it is a few inches above. Then slowly scissor your legs, lifting your right leg back up as you lower your left leg down toward the ground.

  • You may not feel this until you do it for a while, so repeat this move for a total of 20 to 30 times on each leg (or more if you're still not feeling it).

Elbow Plank

Boot camp buffs and ladies who love a traditional gym routine will love the elbow plank that gives an all-ab workout:

  • Start on the floor resting on your forearms and knees.

  • Step your feet out one at a time, coming into a plank position.

  • Contract your abs to prevent your booty from sticking up or sinking. Your spine should be parallel to the floor, with your abs pulling toward the ceiling.

  • Hold 30 seconds and work your way up to one minute, as you get stronger.

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