The 4 Easiest Ab-Popping Exercises

Get serious ab definition without a single crunch or sit-up!

Abs? You? Yes. It’s possible, because abs don’t come from doing thousands of crunches a day; nor do you need to be able to crack walnuts with your belly button. The fact is, you already have abs; you just can’t see them for two reasons: First, there’s a layer of fat covering them up. Second, if you’re an average human being in the 21st century, you spend way too much time sitting, which means the muscles surrounding your hips and midsection are tight and shortened, which tilts your hips and forces your belly to protrude. The moves below are designed to dynamically stretch the muscles surrounding your midsection and burn a ton of fat, all in an effort to reveal your hidden abs without a single crunch or sit-up!

1. Lunge Twist
Start in the top of a push-up position. Step your right foot forward to the outside of your right hand to come into a deep lunge. Allow your hips to sink into the floor as you draw your shoulders down your back. Hold here for 3 deep breaths, then raise your left hand to the sky, twisting through the torso with particular emphasis on your upper back. Hold for one deep breath as you gaze at your fingertips. Return hand to floor and step the right foot back to start. Repeat on the opposite side. Continue alternating.

2. Pigeon
Start in a downward dog position, legs straight and feet and palms flat on the floor. From here, bring your right knee forward and place it on the floor outside your right hand. Release the left leg to the floor. Square your hips to the front of the room. Draw the crown of your head to the ceiling as you release your hips into the floor. If your hips are really tight, place some padding under your right butt cheek. Hold here for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on the opposite side.

3. Plank Extension
Start in a low plank position on your forearms and toes. Extend your right arm out in front of you until it's parallel to the floor. Hold for one breath. Return to start. Repeat with the left arm. Continue alternating.

4. X Body Mountain Climber
Start at the top of a push-up position. Drive your right knee across your body toward your left elbow and return to start. Then, drive your left knee across your body toward your right elbow and return to start. Continue alternating as fast and explosively as you can.

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