No1Fitness personal trainer Ben Harper takes you through his 5 favourite abs exercises.
Leg hold – Stretch your legs out in front of you, with your feet together. With your hands by your sides, slowly lift your legs about six inches off the floor. Hold this position, using your stomach muscles to keep you stable. Hold the position for three seconds and rest.
Hanging leg raise – is a core strengthening exercise that targets the entire abdominal region with an emphasis on the lower abdominals and hip flexors. This exercise also improves stability in the lower back.
Mountain climbers – are a full body exercise that strengthens multiple muscle groups and the cardiovascular system. To perform mountain climbers you must activate the core abdominal muscles.
Russian twist – Grab a medicine ball, dumbbell, or weight plate and sit on the floor with your hips and knees bent 90 degrees. Hold the weight straight out in front of you and keep your back straight (your torso should be at about 45 degrees to the floor).
Cable wood chops – is an explosive, multi-joint exercise that develops strength and power throughout the core and obliques. This exercise also improves hip and shoulder stability and strength.